History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust offers librarians and their patrons in Minnesota the opportunity to participate in a project that explores what was possible for Americans to have known about the Holocaust as it was happening and how Americans responded.
An informational visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum booth at the 2018 ALA conference in New Orleans exposed me to this venture. The goal is to have participants look in local newspapers for news and information reported about what took place in the United States and Europe during the Holocaust era. The information is submitted by participants to a national database.
When speaking with David Klevan, Education Outreach Specialist at the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, he stated that “this project encourages participants to reflect on how events in their own community related to the nation and world as a whole, as well as how we know what we know about history, and their role as informed consumers of media today.” Some resources to support library programs using History Unfolded are also available online. They include:
For assistance on the Museum’s educational resources and programs please contact David Klevan.