Jan. 28 – The James & Abigail Campbell Library at the University of Hawaii on West Oahu is one of 50 U.S. libraries selected to host “Americans and the Holocaust,” a traveling exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that opens its doors today and will continue through March. 9.
The exhibit “examines the motivations, pressures, and fears that shaped American responses to Nazism, war, and genocide in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s,” according to a press release. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, and by appointment 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
A partnership with the Hawaii State Public Library System will help promote the exhibit to public schools on the islands.
Based on extensive new research from this period, “Americans and the Holocaust” explores the many factors, such as the Great Depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism, “that influenced the decisions made by the U.S. government, media, organizations, and individuals as they responded to Nazism,” the statement read. “This exhibit will challenge commonly held assumptions that Americans knew little and did nothing. about the Nazi persecution and murder of Jews as the Holocaust unfolded.”
For more information on the exhibit and related programs, as well as tour details and appointments, visit. To find out more about the exhibition, visit.