What could Americans have known about the Nazi threat from reading their local newspapers in the 1930s and 1940s? You can help the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum find out. Join our team of citizen historians whose research will be shared with scholars, curators, and the public.
(Still photograph from the Soviet Film of the liberation of Auschwitz, taken by the film unit of the First Ukrainian Front, shot over a period of several months beginning on January 27, 1945. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
CLHO and Connecticuthistory.org are teaming up to introduce this important project to Connecticut. On January 26, 2017, CLHO teamed with Connecticuthistory.org and the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project, to host a day of research. If you were not able to participate that day, it's not too late. This project in ongoing through 2018. Register on the national History Unfolded website at the link below, and when you do, make sure to join the "Connecticut Project." By participating in this project, you and your colleagues or students will explore Holocaust history as both an American and local story, learn how to use primary sources in historical research, and challenge assumptions about American knowledge of, and responses to, the Holocaust.
Have we piqued your interest?
No experience is needed to participate. Individuals may participate on their own using online newspaper archives, at local libraries or participating museums, or in groups working as members of a research team. Check with your local museum, historical society or library to see if they will host a research group, or click the link below to a list of participating organizations with contact information. If you do not see your local library or historical society on the list, feel free to reach out to them to share the project information.
For a list of participating organizations, click here
To register as a participant in this project Click here. (You will be redirected to the History Unfolded National Website)
To learn more about the National Project CLICK HERE.
STEP 1: LEARN
This project investigates US press coverage for a number of Holocaust-related events.
STEP 2: RESEARCH
Now it's your turn. Go to your library, historical society, or search online for local newspaper archives. Find articles about the historical events.
STEP 3: CONTRIBUTE
Submit the research you find to our online database, which will be available to anyone, anywhere—from historians to curators to students.