Shaping Holocaust Memory

@article{Penkower2000ShapingHM,
  title={Shaping Holocaust Memory},
  author={M. Penkower},
  journal={American Jewish History},
  year={2000},
  volume={88},
  pages={127 - 132}
}
  • M. Penkower
  • Published 2000
  • History
  • American Jewish History
In the beginning, Americans did not center the Holocaust in their consciousness. The annihilation of Europe’s Jews under the swastika during 1939-1945 went unmentioned in the postwar Hollywood film Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), which linked genteel anti-Semitism to other prejudices that threatened the country’s values. A Broadway production in 1955 of The Diary of Anne Frank, eventually the most widely read book in the U.S. about the Holocaust, stripped that document of even its marginal… Expand
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