As the Nazi regime perpetrated genocide in Europe, some political leaders in the United States responded with courage and others responded with indifference. The divergent approaches taken by individuals within the government, especially to the Jewish refugee crisis, are an important part of the story of Americans and the Holocaust.

Join the Museum and The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) for a program exploring these divergent approaches and the lessons they can offer us. The program will be moderated by author, journalist, historian, and lecturer Adam Hochschild and will feature:

  • Arthur Berger, former Communications Director and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, TOLI Board Member, and expert on American diplomacy during the Holocaust;
  • Dr. Rebecca Erbelding, historian, archivist, and curator at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe; and
  • Dr. Blanche Wiesen Cook, Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and author of the definitive biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

A $10 suggested donation enables us to present programs like this one. We thank you for your support.

Image of Jewish refugee children waving at Statue of Liberty courtesy of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


We would like to express our appreciation to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) for supporting this public program. Through recovering the assets of the victims of the Holocaust, the Claims Conference enables organizations around the world to provide education about the Shoah and to preserve the memory of those who perished.

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Public programming at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act; and other generous donors.

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