Americans and the Nazi Threat: What Did Floridians Know?
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.
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.
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.