The Holocaust Documentation & Education Center is pleased to share the following program from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

“How Did Young Americans Respond to the Nazi Threat?”

This program was offered as part of the USHMM’s Facebook Live Series.

Student members of the University of Chicago Youth Committee against the War are shown with signs in May 1939. University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf3-03030, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

While growing up in a time of racial segregation and the Great Depression, some young Americans looked beyond the struggles of their own nation to respond to the Nazi threat in Europe. Students at Yale and other universities led movements opposing US intervention abroad. College students in rural Kansas raised funds for 19 year old Tom Doeppner to escape Nazi Germany and attend school in America. And William Scott, a Black student at Morehouse College, photographed Nazi atrocities after he was drafted into a segregated US Army unit.

Join us as we explore the range of actions young Americans took to speak out and act during the Holocaust.

Leila Braun, PhD Candidate, University of Michigan

Dr. Rebecca Erbelding, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The program can be viewed by clicking here.