Letter: Learning about the Holocaust

Published: 10/3/2022 7:00:27 AM

Mike Pride and Robert Azzi have written, and the Concord Monitor published, some fine commentary about Ken Burn’s latest film, The U.S. and the Holocaust. If any readers are interested in more information on this horrifying subject and our dismal response to fellow humans in need, let me suggest some resources: The book Paper Walls, America and the Refugee Crisis 1938-1941 discusses the American response to the Holocaust before we actually entered WWII. Its sequel, Abandonment of the Jews, continues, covering the years 1941-1945. Both were compulsively researched, and written by David S. Wyman.

Abandonment of the Jews is available from The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, run by Dr. Rafael Medoff, a dedicated Holocaust scholar who co-authored another book, A Race Against Death. If you only feel up to reading one of these books, Abandonment is my suggestion. Another film about the Holocaust, America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference, was produced in 1994 by Marty Ostrow of Fine Cut Productions, and shown on PBS. Many of you are probably also aware of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at our own Keene State.

Teresa Wyman



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