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American Eyewitnesses to War: POWs and Liberators
Artifacts donated to the Museum by Anthony Acevedo, a medic with the US Army’s 70th Infantry Division during World War II. US Holocaust Memorial Museum
World War II veteran Anthony (Tony) Acevedo was among thousands of Americans captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. Although Tony and his fellow POWs who survived never publicly disclosed what they endured, he donated his wartime diary to the Museum to preserve the truth of what happened. Museum curator Kyra Schuster will share the details of this unusual addition to the Museum’s collection.
Watch: Aerial Photography and the Holocaust: The Dino A. Brugioni Collection
A veteran of World War II, Dino Brugioni joined the CIA in 1948 and eventually worked in its National Photographic Interpretation Center. In the 1970s, he began to wonder what photographs the CIA might have of Auschwitz in 1944.
A look back at two seminal events in Holocaust history involving the United States invites reflection on the role of individuals, organizations, and governments in confronting hatred and mass atrocities.
Holocaust Encyclopedia: The United States and the Holocaust: Rescue Attempts
During World War II, the United States failed to act decisively and specifically with regard to victims of the Holocaust. US officials argued that military victory over Germany offered the best prospects of halting the killing.
Special Focus: American Responses to the Holocaust
Between 1933 and 1945 the United States government, American organizations and institutions, and private individuals responded in a wide variety of ways to the news of Nazi persecution, the refugee problem, and the Holocaust.