The Difference Between Life and Death
Americans and the Holocaust
Michael Dobbs & Rebecca Erbelding
Holocaust history raises important questions about what Europeans could have done to stop the rise of Nazism in Germany and its assault on Europe’s Jews. Questions also must be asked of the international community, including the United States. What did the US government and the American people know about the threats posed by Nazi Germany? What responses were possible? And when? Through their books, The Unwanted (Dobbs) and Rescue Board (Erbelding), the authors discuss the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war, and genocide. This talk coincides with Yom Ha’shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, which starts the evening of Monday, April 20 and ends the evening of Tuesday, April 21, 2020. This event is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Holocaust Commission.