Were Americans heroic liberators of Nazi concentration camp victims at the end of World War II, or were they knowing and apathetic bystanders of unspeakable brutality and annihilation? This question has long haunted historians, who hotly debate what the United States knew about Hitler's gruesome Final Solution, when they knew it, and whether they should have intervened sooner. Wrapping historical narrative around 60 primary sourcesincluding news clippings, speeches, letters, magazine articles, and government reportsthis volume's three part organization chronicles what was unfolding in Nazi Germany through the lens of American reporters and writers, traces the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the US as well as its increasingly tight immigration policies, and then reveals Americans' horror upon the realization that the reports and stories of the Holocaust were not exaggerations or fabrications. An epilogue examines the complexity of historical interpretations and moral judgments that have evolved since 1945.
|Series:||Bedford Cultural Editions Series|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.62(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.45(d)|
Table of Contents
• Part I: The First Year of the Nazi Regime, 1933-35
• Part II: Exclusion, Emigration and War, 1935-41
• Imagining the Unimaginable, 1942-45
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This is an excellent, if short, review of how the news of Hitler's repression of the Jews and the later the holocaust was received and used by the American press. The materials show that all of the information was known to the press but continual skepticism was expressed until the photographs at the end of the war made skepticism untenable. The shock that the press reacted with at the end of the war were unwarranted as all the information had already been printed. No one is so blind as one who will not see, as the old cliche goes.