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Americans and the Holocaust Exhibit


About the Exhibit

The Snow College, Karen H. Huntsman Library is one of 50 U.S. libraries and the only location in Utah selected to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.

The touring library exhibition — based on the special exhibition of the same name at the Museum in Washington, D.C. — will travel to U.S. libraries from 2020 to 2024.

Americans and the Holocaust will be on display at the Huntsman Library, along with a series of related special events, from September 4 – October 11, 2023.

Based on extensive new research of that period, Americans and the Holocaust addresses important themes in American history, exploring the many factors — including the Great Depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism, and antisemitism — that influenced decisions made by the U.S. government, the news media, organizations, and individuals as they responded to Nazism. This exhibition will challenge the commonly held assumptions that Americans knew little and did nothing about the Nazi persecution and murder of Jews as the Holocaust unfolded.

Drawing on a remarkable collection of primary sources from the 1930s and ’40s, the exhibition focuses on the stories of individuals and groups of Americans who acted in response to Nazism. It will challenge visitors to consider the responsibilities and obstacles faced by individuals — from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to ordinary Americans — who made difficult choices, sought to effect change, and, in a few cases, took significant risks to help victims of Nazism even as rescue never became a government priority.

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Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is an educational initiative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association.

Americans and the Holocaust was made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor Jeannie & Jonathan Lavine. Additional major funding was provided by the Bildners — Joan & Allen z”l, Elisa Spungen & Rob, Nancy & Jim; and Jane and Daniel Och. The Museum's exhibitions are also supported by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all.

About the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires leaders and citizens worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. The Museum’s far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit

USHMM, courtesy of Steve Pressman
Children aboard the President Harding look at the Statue of Liberty as they pull into New York Harbor. They were brought to the United States by Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus. USHMM, courtesy of Steve Pressman

Schedule a Group Reservation

All are welcome to attend the exhibit. It is recommend for only 8th graders on up. If you want to reserve a time for a group (15 or more people), please fill out the form below.

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Contact for local information about the exhibit or the library.

Jon Ostler

Director of Libraries
Snow College

Karen H. Huntsman Library
150 College Avenue
Ephraim, UT 84627

Email: ude.wons@reltsO.noJ
Tel: 435.283.7362
Mobile: 435.851.6350

Carol Kunzler

Instruction and Outreach Librarian
Snow College

Karen H. Huntsman Library
150 College Avenue
Ephraim, UT 84627

Email: ude.wons@relznuK.loraC
Tel: 435.283.7361