While it is often assumed that ordinary Americans had little access to information about the fate of European Jews living under Nazi rule until after World War II ended, an effort coordinated by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum suggests otherwise, as Tara Bahrampour writes:
The project, “History Unfolded,” . . . is using crowdsourcing to scour newspapers across the country for articles that ran between 1933 and 1945 on the plight of Europe’s Jews.
As it turns out, there were a lot of them. Since the project was launched in full in February, the museum has received 1,030 submissions from articles published in 46 states and the District of Columbia. So far, 610 people have signed up, including 32 teachers working on the project with their students. . . .
Contributors say they have been struck by detailed accounts of the Nazis’ persecution and slaughter of Jews, along with a wide range of American opinions on whether or not to act on it.