The Holocaust, World War II, and Franklin D. Roosevelt
Combination of official U.S. Navy photographs 80-G-312018 and 80-G-312019. Scene on board the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) during the Battle of Midway, shortly after she was hit by three Japanese bombs on 4 June 1942.

The Holocaust, World War II, and Franklin D. Roosevelt

This seminar addresses how the administration of President Franklin Roosevelt responded to the Holocaust—the greatest horror of World War II. Although the systematic mass murder of Jews did not begin until after Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, American citizens’ attitudes toward Jews and U.S. immigration policies directly affected the ability of many European Jews to flee persecution. As early as 1942, the British and U.S. governments acquired credible evidence that Nazi Germany perpetrated genocide against Europe’s Jewish population. The seminar further considers what the United States could and should have done to prevent or ameliorate the Holocaust.

This program will be conducted as a discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings, and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore, are highly encouraged to read all the documents in advance and come ready with questions. Teachers will receive a Letter of Attendance at the conclusion of the seminar.


April 13, 2024 -
April 13, 2024
8:30 AM CDT
2:15 PM CDT
Green Bay, WI
Bay Port High School, Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies
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