Americans and the Holocaust

August 15, 2019
Americans and the Holocaust

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Americans and the Holocaust

What factors influenced Americans’ sense of responsibility during the Holocaust? This workshop introduces Facing History’s new unit that explores the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped the varied American responses to the growth of Nazism and the humanitarian refugee crisis of the 1930s and 1940s. Why didn’t more Americans speak out? What kept the nation’s leaders from offering German refugees a safe haven? Why did some Americans intervene and what was the impact of their actions? Using primary sources and Facing History teaching strategies, we will explore the role of American immigration policy, antisemitism, economic instability and political isolation while evaluating narratives about the availability of information to American citizens at the time.


In this workshop, you will:

  1. Engage with teaching strategies that support reflective classroom communities, honor diverse identities, and help students interrogate text and think critically

  2. Explore documents and multimedia resources to help students connect history to today

  3. Examine American antisemitism and responses in an historical context by exploring primary sources


After this workshop, you will:

  1. Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

  2. Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


This workshop is recommended for 7th–12th grade social studies or humanities teachers. Scholarships are available for CPS educators. Illinois Educators can earn 7 clock hours for full participation in this course. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please contact [email protected] for information about scholarships or for any other questions.

2nd Floor Conference Center
2 N LaSalle
Chicago, 60602
August 15, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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