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Many people have heard of the horrors held within the concentration camps in Hitler’s Germany during world war two. From how Jews were singled out in the community and blamed for what happened in the first world war; to what it was like to be treated worse than animals by people who were just “following orders”. However, what many people don’t consider when thinking about the holocaust is how the liberators of these concentration camps felt about the atrocities being committed by the Nazis when they came across these concentration camps. Were the soldiers enraged and wanted to fight more or did they question how something like this could happen? Do they still carry these memories with them today or have they managed to suppress them? How did American Jewish Soldiers feel about being liberators at the time they liberated the camps? Did they feel guilty, angry, or happy? Did American Jewish Soldiers not feel like liberators when the freed these concentration camps. To accomplish this there will be interviews with American Jewish soldiers who liberated concentration camps and two books which cover the topic of American Jews and the holocaust. These are their stories.
Historical Question: How did American Jewish Soldiers feel about being liberators at the time they liberated the camps and compared to later in life?
The population of Jewish readers affected the incoming news and the newspapers’ choice of publication. In comparing the New York times and the Los Angeles times, the difference in material published on the Holocaust during the war years is quite stunning. It appears that the percentage of Jewish readers changed the newspapers. Differences in the Jewish population of these regions was to blame for the lack of information about the sufferings of Jews in Europe during the beginning of the Second World War.
Historical Question: How did the American public/the U.S. press view Germans after the ending of World War II? Did the U.S. view the Germans as ruthless cold blooded people or did the U.S. sympathize wtih them?
This site focuses on the Holocaust's impact on Jewish survivors' religious views after the war. Through the analysis of testimonies, there are three patterns of pathways taken post war:
- Survivors immediately identified themselves as Jewish
- At first, some denied Judaism and with time learned to accept their Jewish identity
- Cut the Jewish religion from their lives
Other books offer an insight on this topic as well:
- The Impact of th Holocaust in America by Bruce Zuckerman
- Reluctant Witnesses: Survivors, Their Children, and the Rise of Holocaust Consciousness by Arlene Stein
- After-Words: Post Holocaust Struggles with Restitution and Genocide Prevention by John Roth
- American Judaism: a History by Jonathan Sarna
Few countries were affected by the Holocaust more than Poland. In 1939, the Nazis invaded Poland (known as the Defensive War or the September Campaign) and subsequently occupied the country for the duration of WWII. Due to the high Jewish population of Poland, Nazi occupation of Poland had dire consequences for Jewish communities in Poland, especially in Warsaw, the country's capital. Nazi rule in Warsaw consisted, among many policies, of the creation of a specific quarter of Jewish residence, walled off from the rest of the city. This quarter is known as the Warsaw Ghetto, which became the largest of all Jewish ghettos in Nazi-occuppied Poland. This exhibit is meant to visually document the experience of Jewish residents in the Warsaw Ghetto and the responses and reactions that led to the famous Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April - May, 1943 and its aftermath. The Nazi suppression of the Uprising in Spring, 1943 resulted in the deportation of the vast majority of the Jewish population of the city to Nazi concentration camps. The title of this exhibit is a reference to one of the seminal and striking images of the emptying of the Ghetto. Every effort has been made to give full and proper credit to the sources for these resources, however, if there is any fault in this resource, please contact the curator (Dawson McCall) at email@example.com
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Few countries were affected by the Holocaust more than Poland. In 1939, the Nazis invaded Poland (known as the Defensive...