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What Were We Watching? Americans’ Responses to Nazism through Cinema, Radio, and Media

Public Program
New Bedford Theatre, 1934. Spinner Publications

New Bedford Theatre, 1934. Spinner Publications

Stories about World War II and the persecution of Europe’s Jews were a constant presence in American movie theaters and living rooms throughout the 1930–40s. Award-winning films such as Mrs. Miniver, The Great Dictator, and Casablanca shaped Americans’ understanding of the Nazi threat and persecution of Europe’s Jews, while newsreels and radio programs offered a brief glimpse into world events and the range of opinions on the war effort. Join us to learn how Hollywood and leaders in entertainment and government battled for the hearts and minds of Americans.

Daniel Greene, PhD, Historian and Curator, Americans and the Holocaust
Kevin Sandler, Associate Professor in the Film and Media Studies Program at ASU and Editor, Reading the Rabbit: Explorations in Warner Bros. Animation

Mi-Ai Parrish, Sue Clark-Johnson Professor for Media Innovation and Leadership at ASU and former Arizona Republic publisher

A reception will be held immediately following the program at the University Club (425 East University Drive).

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