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November 29, 2017
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7 p.m.

B'nai Torah Congregation
6261 Southwest 18th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33433

Americans and the Nazi Threat:
What Did Floridians Know?
Public Program
People look at Washington, DC, newspapers on September 1, 1939—the day Nazi Germany invaded Poland, starting World War II. <i>Harris & Ewing Collection/Library of Congress</i>
People look at Washington, DC, newspapers on September 1, 1939—the day Nazi Germany invaded Poland, starting World War II. Harris & Ewing Collection/Library of Congress

While media around the country provided frequent and vivid accounts of rising Nazi brutality in Europe, Americans focused inward in the 1930–40s. Step back in time with Museum experts to explore headlines, reactions, and artifacts from that time period in Florida, including news articles unearthed by volunteer citizen historians. Panelists also will discuss actions taken within local communities, including demonstrations, letters to the editor, and petitions calling for action. 

Dr. Paul George, Resident Historian, HistoryMiami Museum
Dr. Gary Mormino, Frank E. Duckwall Emeritus Professor of History, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Joanna Wasserman, Education Initiatives Manager, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 

Tom Hudson, Vice President of News and Special Correspondent, WLRN

Co-presented with B’nai Torah Congregation

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History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust
Help tell America’s story. Together, we can uncover what ordinary people around the country could have known about the Holocaust from reading their local newspapers in the years 1933–1945.
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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.
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Holocaust Encyclopedia: The United States and the Holocaust
Although rescuing Jews was not a priority for the United States, more than 200,000 Jews found refuge in the United States from 1933 to 1945, most before the end of 1941.
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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.
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Holocaust Encyclopedia: Voyage of the St. Louis
On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. On the voyage were 937 passengers. Almost all were Jews fleeing from the Third Reich.
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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.
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