In the 1930s, what could the average American citizen
learn about the Nazi persecution of Jewish individuals and other minorities
from reading American newspapers? How did the U.S. press report on these
atrocities? How did American domestic politics, social movements, and
prejudices influence press coverage? The United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum has launched the History Unfolded project to facilitate exploration and
conversation around these important questions. The museum has invited
researchers and students across the United States to collect and digitize U.S.
newspaper articles to include in the museum's growing online database. In
Spring 2018, these archives will be incorporated into an exhibition about
Americans and the Holocaust. Meanwhile, visitors to this website can learn how
to participate in the project or browse through the articles currently in the
database. There are a number of Teacher Resources here, including a detailed
lesson plan and links to online newspaper databases that will help history
instructors facilitate classroom research projects.