The Unwanted presents a gripping account of Jewish families in a small village near the Black Forest in Germany attempting to escape to America in the years leading up to and during the Holocaust. Presenting perspectives from members of these families, from international leadership, and from those government employees in whose hands Jews were forced to leave their fates, The Unwanted offers a multifaceted look into the bureaucratic obstacles and American policies that had life and death consequences for those seeking shelter and survival. Written by Michael Dobbs in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Unwanted uses previously unpublished primary source documents to weave an affecting narrative of real people facing dire circumstances.
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What Americans Know About the Holocaust, by the Pew Research Center
How much do Americans really know about the Holocaust, and how does this knowledge (or lack thereof) drive their response to antisemitism? While most adult Americans know some of the basic facts, key details about the Holocaust continue to elude them; and, this disconnect is more pronounced among millennials and Generation Z. Pew Research Center digs into these questions and more in their recent study, “What Americans Know About the Holocaust”.
The Power of Place: Visiting the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, by Dan Prinzing, Executive Director of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Boise, ID
In this short article, Wassmuth Center’s Executive Director, Dan Prinzing, describes the importance of physical memorial sites as tools to educate our public about historical atrocities, and how visitors are motivated to fight back against hatred in their communities and beyond.
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Documentary Film, The Path to Nazi Genocide
This 38-minute film examines the Nazis’ rise and consolidation of power in Germany, exploring their ideology, propaganda, and persecution of Jews and other victims. It also outlines the path by which the Nazis and their collaborators led a state to war and to the murder of millions of people. This film is intended to provoke reflection and discussion about the role of ordinary people, institutions, and nations between 1918 and 1945.
Note: This resource contains graphic material and is not appropriate for children.
The Holocaust and Primary Sources: Using Rywka’s Diary
In this video, The Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center’s Director of Education, Dan Haumschild, and the Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM)’s Director of Education, Ellie Gettinger, are explore Holocaust education strategies using primary sources from the era, including the diary of Rywka Lipszyc, currently on display at JMM. This presentation is geared toward educators and open to all.
Dr. Deborah Lipstadt’s TED Talk, “Behind the Lies of Holocaust Denial”
Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, is among the foremost Holocaust scholars in the United States. In this 15-minute TED Talk, Dr. Lipstadt discusses the logical flaws underpinning Holocaust denial, the danger Holocaust deniers present in modern society, and how to combat Holocaust denial when we see it in our communities.