Stories about World War II and the persecution of Europe’s Jews were portrayed in American movie theaters and living rooms throughout the 1930–40s. Award-winning films such as Mrs. Miniver, The Great Dictator, and Casablanca shaped Americans’ understanding of the Nazi threat, while newsreels and radio programs offered a brief glimpse into world events and the range of opinions on the war effort. Join us to learn how Hollywood and leaders in entertainment and government battled for the hearts and minds of Americans.
Daniel Greene, PhD, Historian and Curator, Americans and the Holocaust, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
David Weinstein, PhD, Author, The Eddie Cantor Story: A Jewish Life in Performance and Politics, and Contributor, “Why Sarnoff Slept: NBC and the Holocaust”*
Michèle Taylor, Alumni Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and Board Member, National Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Museum’s public program “What Were We Watching? Americans’ Responses to Nazism through Cinema, Radio, and Media” in Atlanta is co-presented with the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust and Hemschech.
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