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The U.S. and the Holocaust

Inspired in part by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibition and supported by its historical resources, The U.S. and the Holocaust examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, the eugenics movement in the United States and race laws in the American south.

Asking what individuals can do when governments fail to act.
Asking what it means to be a land of immigrants.
Asking if the U.S. has a responsibility to intervene in humanitarian crises.
Corporate funding provided by Bank of America. Major funding provided by David M. Rubenstein; the Park Foundation; the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation; Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha A. Darling; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; and by the following members of The Better Angels Society: Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine; Jan and Rick Cohen; Allan and Shelley Holt; the Koret Foundation; David and Susan Kreisman; Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Crown Family Philanthropies, honoring the Crown and Goodman Families; the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund; Dr. Georgette Bennett and Dr. Leonard Polonsky; The Russell Berrie Foundation; Diane and Hal Brierley; John and Catherine Debs; and Leah Joy Zell and the Joy Foundation. Funding was also provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.
As war begins, some Americans work tirelessly to help refugees; others remain indifferent.
As the Allies liberate German camps, the public sees the sheer scale of the Holocaust.
Reversing open borders, a xenophobic backlash prompts Congress to restrict immigration.
Una reacción xenófoba lleva al Congreso a restringir la inmigración.
Los Aliados liberan los campos Alemanes y el público ve la magnitud del Holocausto.
En la guerra, algunos estadounidenses ayudan a los refugiados; otros son indiferentes.
Asking how we as a society can learn from the past.
An attempt to save refugee children in the US hits antisemitism "so deep and so cruel."
"A Harrowing Must Watch" - critics agree The U.S. and the Holocaust must-watch TV.
Holocaust survivor Eva Geiringer reflects on life in Auschwitz.
People assume every Jew died in a camp or gas chamber. But that’s only part of the story.
It is impossible to tally how many thousands the board saved, directly or indirectly.
Founded by a handful of students, it became the largest anti-war group in US history.
When the children finally arrived at Ellis Island, only their father greeted them.
By the early 1900s, many white Americans embraced a pseudo-science called eugenics.
Lives turned upside down when Nazis came to power. But changes didn’t happen overnight.