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October 16, 2017
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6 p.m.

Arizona State University Memorial Union
Memorial Union Ventana Ballroom
301 East Orange Street
Tempe, AZ 85287

Americans and the Nazi Threat:
What Did Arizonans 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 tended to focus inward in the 1930–40s. Step back in time with Museum and local experts to explore headlines and artifacts from that time period in Arizona, which will include articles unearthed by volunteer citizen historians. Panelists also will discuss some surprising actions taking by nearby communities, including American Indian tribes.

Dr. Donald Fixico,
Distinguished Foundation Professor of History, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University
Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Mi-Ai Parrish, President and Publisher, Republic Media
Dr. Michael Rubinoff, Lecturer, Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Arizona State University

Co-presented with Arizona State University and the Arizona Republic

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