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America and the Holocaust: Lost Opportunities

Wednesdays, September 20- November 8 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

Course closing date: 9/20/2017
Location:  Rosemont Country Club
Your Instructor(s) will be: Sol Factor
For more information contact: Felicia Westbrooks, 216-368-2090

In the years 1933 to 1945, America failed to become the haven for those attempting to escape from Nazi persecution. The State Department, under Breckinridge Long, used numerous tactics to avoid granting visas to those most desperate. Antisemitism was prevalent both in the government and among the American people. The American press, in many cases, either hid news stories emanating from Germany on back pages and featured them only when it was impossible to hide the news. In 1944, the government finally established the War Refugee Board. Using Deborah Lipstadt’s book, we will examine the actions and inactions of the government under FDR toward the plight of the Jews of Europe. This is no simple story as the economy, the government and even Jewish groups in the U.S. all played a part in this story of inaction.
Book: D. Lipstadt, Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust, 1933-1945




If you have any issues while registering please call us at 216-368-2090 or 216-368-2091
The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program | Case Western Reserve University | 10900 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106-7116 | 216.368.2090 | lifelonglearning@case.edu

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