Holocaust Denialism and the Wilder Landscape of 21st Century Conspiracy Belief, part of the exhibition "Americans & the Holocaust"
Holocaust denialism has lingered for decades mostly on the fringes of American Culture. Anti-Semitism, however - a much older and broader strain of chauvinism - has often held a much more prominent roe in our political and social worlds. Over the past decade, new patterns of conspiracy belief have circulated throughout American culture, entering the mainstream and rejuvenating anti-Semitic beliefs while offering new and troubling life more specifically to Holocaust denialism. This talk will review the history of Holocaust misinformation and denialism and consider the ways it has circulated more recently in digital and online cultures. This talk will be given by Dr. David Noon, History Professor at UAS.
More about "Americans and the Holocaust" exhibition:
Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, is on
display at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library branch from November 1 to December 20. The exhibition
examines the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans' response to Nazism, war, and
genocide during the 1930s and 1940s.
Juneau Public Libraries is one of just 50 libraries across the United States selected to host the exhibition.
"It's a special opportunity to bring an exhibition of this scale directly to Juneau," said JPL Director John
Thill. "We hope this moving and powerful exhibition will inspire discussion and reflection not only about
our past, but about our future as a community and as individuals in the world."
The exhibition is open during Valley branch hours: Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 12 p.m. - 6
p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Based on extensive new research, Americans and the Holocaust explores the many factors—including
the Great Depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism and antisemitism—that influenced decisions
made by U.S. organizations and individuals as they responded to Nazism. This exhibition challenges the
visitor to consider the responsibilities and obstacles faced by those who made difficult choices, sought
to effect change, and, in a few cases, took significant risks to help victims of Nazism even as rescue
never became a government priority.
The touring library exhibition, which is based on the special exhibition of the same name at the Museum
in Washington, D.C., will travel to U.S. libraries from 2020 to 2023. Over 250 libraries applied for 50 host
opportunities. To learn more about the exhibition, visit ushmm.org/americans-ala.
- Presented By: Mendenhall Valley Public Library
- Dates: December 6, 2022
- Location: Mendenhall Valley Public Library
- Time: 6:00 PM
- Price: Free