Holocaust Museum Crowdsources the Hardest Question: What Did Americans Know — and When?

Holocaust Museum Crowdsources the Hardest Question: What Did Americans Know — and When?

How did Americans react to the November Pogroms commonly known as Kristallnacht?What were their thoughts on the annexation of Austria? How much did they know about Auschwitz?

These are just some of the questions that History Unfolded, a crowdsourcing project by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, seeks to answer.

In the past, historians have done extensive research on how major newspapers like the New York Times covered Nazi persecution and the plight of the Jews in Europe.

But no one has looked, until now, at the Bangor Daily News, the Youngstown Ohio Vindicator or the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The museum is asking the public to comb through libraries to find local newspaper articles and letters to the editors. All the articles are uploaded to a growing online database.

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Published in: The Forward

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