What, exactly, did newspapers across the U.S. have to say about the Holocaust during World War II? Your collections may hold the answer! What Did We Know? Citizen History, Local Newspapers, and the Holocaust A digital project from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is turning to “citizen historians” to research how their hometown newspapers covered the Holocaust throughout the 1930s and 1940s.
Through History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust, the Museum is asking readers to dive deep into the holdings of their local libraries and historical societies, or into online newspaper archives, for articles around a set of major Holocaust-related events. The project empowers individual history enthusiasts and students to research how their hometown newspapers covered specific events in the 1930s and 1940s related to the Nazi persecution of Jews and others. Articles submitted by citizen-historians, teachers, students, and anyone else interested in contributing will inform the Museum’s upcoming exhibition on Americans and the Holocaust (opening in 2018)—and may even be used in the exhibit itself. There is a unique opportunity here for state and local museums, historical societies, and historic sites and houses to support this international project as well.
Join us for this webinar as experts explore how you can participate in this unique initiative to engage audiences with historical newspaper collections and teach history through real, hands-on historical research.