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February 01, 2018
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7 p.m.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Americans and the Nazi Threat:
What Did Californians 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 California. 

John Garvey,
Historian and Author of San Francisco in World War II
Joanna Wasserman, Education Initiatives Manager, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 

Leah Garchik, Features Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle

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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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Watch: American Responses
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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