Season 1

Inspired in part by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibition and supported by its historical resources, The U.S. and the Holocaust examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, the eugenics movement in the United States and race laws in the American south.

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The U.S. and the Holocaust

“The Golden Door” (Beginnings-1938)

Reversing open borders, a xenophobic backlash prompts Congress to restrict immigration.

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“The Golden Door” (Beginnings-1938)

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The U.S. and the Holocaust

“Yearning to Breathe Free” (1938-1942)

As war begins, some Americans work tirelessly to help refugees; others remain indifferent.

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“Yearning to Breathe Free” (1938-1942)

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The U.S. and the Holocaust

“The Homeless, Tempest-Tossed” (1942 - )

As the Allies liberate German camps, the public sees the sheer scale of the Holocaust.

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“The Homeless, Tempest-Tossed” (1942 - )

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The U.S. and the Holocaust

En Español: “La Puerta de Oro”

Una reacción xenófoba lleva al Congreso a restringir la inmigración.

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En Español: “La Puerta de Oro”

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The U.S. and the Holocaust

En Español: “Anhelando Poder Respirar en Libertad”

En la guerra, algunos estadounidenses ayudan a los refugiados; otros son indiferentes.

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En Español: “Anhelando Poder Respirar en Libertad”

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The U.S. and the Holocaust

En Español: "Los Destituidos, Abrumados por Adversidades”

Los Aliados liberan los campos Alemanes y el público ve la magnitud del Holocausto.

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En Español: "Los Destituidos, Abrumados por Adversidades”