America Views the Holocaust

Before the War, 1935-1941

• Before America’s entry in the war, which options to respond to the increasing persecution of Jews in Germany and later in German occupied Europe presented themselves to the United States?
• Please describe the ever-worsening ostracism, persecution and murder of Jews of Germany and Europe and then show what informed American responses or lack thereof.
• Which parts of the American society called for harsher measures against Germany such as boycotts of German products or of the Berlin Olympics, and which segments of American society urged the US government to stay out of any confrontation with Nazi Germany and close the doors to refugees?
• Bearing in mind our own difficulties in finding a meaningful response to current conflicts such as in Syria, how do you evaluate America’s actions towards Nazi terror in this phase?

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