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Americans and the Holocaust

How Did Americans Respond to the Refugee Crises of the 1930s and 1940s?

Nazi persecution led tens of thousands of Jews to flee Europe, many seeking a new life in the United States during the 1930s. A few years later, the end of the war in Europe left millions of "Displaced Persons"—Jews and non-Jews alike—looking abroad for safety from the war's devastation.

Two collections in Experiencing History explore the opinions and decisions of US citizens and policymakers amidst global calls for humanitarian action:

US Government Rescue Efforts

Displaced Persons and Postwar America

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Feder, Sami, photo of Performance of Azoy hot es zikh ongehoybn (This is How it Began), Kazet Theater 1947

Jewish Perspectives on the Holocaust

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Americans and the Holocaust

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Everyday Life: Roles, Motives, and Choices During the Holocaust

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