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Americans and the Nazi Threat: What Did Californians 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 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.
Speakers John Garvey, Historian and Author of San Francisco in World War II Joanna Wasserman, Education Initiatives Manager, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Moderator Leah Garchik, Features Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
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.