Dr. Rebecca Erbelding will give the keynote speech on "Americans and the Holocaust" on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Temple as part of a six-day Symposium to educate tomorrow’s teachers about the Holocaust. Her talk is open to the public.
A historian, curator, and archivist for 15 years at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Dr. Erbelding is currently a historian for the USHMM’s exhibition that opened in April on Americans and the Holocaust and author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe. She holds a PhD in American history from George Mason University.
Her speech will look at questions that include "What did Americans know about the Nazi persecution and murder of European Jews, and what did they do about it?" New research shows us that Nazism and the persecution of the Jews was widely covered in the American media, and Americans had a variety of reactions to the information - from indifference to active rescue efforts.
Dr. Erbelding will examine the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans' responses to Nazism, the refugee crisis, war, and the genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.
Her visit is part of the second Holocaust symposium sponsored by The Temple's Holocaust Education Committee and IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies on May 13-18 on the IPFW campus for pre-service teachers interested in learning more about teaching the Holocaust and genocide. Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support of Dr. Erbelding’s visit.