Watertown Regional Library is one of 50 libraries selected to host “Americans and the Holocaust,” a traveling display from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The exhibit examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and ’40s.
The display will be in town from Tuesday through Aug. 28, and there will be a series of related events during that span. The opening is at 7 p.m. Tuesday and will feature Michael Mullin, professor of history at Augustana University.
“Americans and the Holocaust” addresses themes in American history, exploring factors including the Great Depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism and antisemitism that influenced decisions made by the U.S. government, media, organizations and individuals as they responded to Nazism, according to a news release.
This exhibition will challenge the commonly held assumptions that Americans knew little and did nothing about the Nazi persecution and murder of Jews as the Holocaust unfolded, per the release.
Using a remarkable collection of primary sources from the 1930s and ’40s, the display focuses on the stories of individuals and groups of Americans who took action in response to Nazism.
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