Graduate Colloquium Series: Ryan Abt (HIST) 9/17/19
“Holocaust Lessons: Representations of the Murder of Europe’s Jews in American Education, 1933-1945” Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 4-5 p.m. Location: 311 Glasscock Building Ryan Abt Ph.D. candidate| Department of History, 2019-2020 Glasscock Graduate Research Fellow Abstract: Scholars have often treated American Holocaust memory as having begun in the 1960s. Works considering the ways that Americans […]
“Holocaust Lessons: Representations of the Murder of Europe’s Jews in American Education, 1933-1945”
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock Building
Scholars have often treated American Holocaust memory as having begun in the 1960s. Works considering the ways that Americans understood the murder of Europe’s Jews during the period immediately after WWII have remained limited. This study demonstrates that American educators actively engaged in discourse about the plight of Europe’s Jews even prior to the end of the war.
This work underscores the different language used by American educators in their discussions of what later became known as the Holocaust. They emphasized the place of Nazi anti-Semitism in the context of other Nazi beliefs and actions. The educators of the pre-war and WWII years saw the assault on the Jews as a failing of totalitarian government. As a consequence, they turned to democracy as the answer to the problems of prejudice, injustice, and genocide.
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