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US Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Americans and the Holocaust

What did Americans know? What more could have been done?

This exhibition is a portrait of American society that shows how the Depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism, and antisemitism shaped responses to Nazism and the Holocaust. It reveals how much information was available to Americans at the time and asks why rescuing Jews did not become a priority, except for a few individuals who took the risk to help. 

This exhibition is located in the Sidney Kimmel and Rena Rowan Exhibition Gallery. It is free and open to the public during Museum hours. No passes required.

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor Jeannie & Jonathan Lavine.  Additional major funding was provided by the Bildners—Joan & Allen z”l, Elisa Spungen & Rob, Nancy & Jim; and Jane and Daniel Och. 

The Museum’s exhibitions are also supported by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990. 

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