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Thu Jun 15, 2017, 09:31 PM Jun 2017

Important new research project on the Holocaust - History Unfolded

Help tell America's story

Together, we can uncover what ordinary people around the country could have known about the Holocaust from reading their local newspapers in the years 1933–1945. We need you to join our team of citizen historians uncovering new knowledge that will be shared with scholars, curators, and the public.


About History Unfolded

History Unfolded is a project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. It asks students, teachers, and history buffs throughout the United States what was possible for Americans to have known about the Holocaust as it was happening and how Americans responded. Participants look in local newspapers for news and opinion about 32 different Holocaust-era events that took place in the United States and Europe, and submit articles they find to a national database, as well as information about newspapers that did not cover events. History Unfolded raises questions for scholars and will inform the Museum’s initiative on Americans and the Holocaust.

Your Role

Participants search in newspaper archives online and at libraries for articles about the Nazi threat in the 1930s and 1940s. As of June 16, 2017, 1,677 participants from across the country had submitted more than 10,400 articles from their local newspapers. The articles were published in newspapers located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and represent news articles, editorials, letters to the editor, political cartoons, and advertisements. Through their work, these “citizen historians” have learned about Holocaust history, used primary sources in historical research, and challenged assumptions about American knowledge of and responses to the Holocaust. Their findings prompt us to reflect on America’s role in the world today.

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I think this is a brilliant project that will help us understand how a horror such as the Holocaust can happen with average people not realizing what is going on or how things got to such a point.

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