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Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition

September 18 - October 22, 2022

September 18 - October 22, 2022

Sunday: Noon - 8pm, Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm, Friday: 8am - 5pm, Saturday: Noon - 5pm

Holocaust history raises important questions about what the international community, including the United States, could have done to stop the rise of Nazism in Germany and its assault on Europe’s Jews.

The Americans and the Holocaust traveling exhibition addresses four questions:

  • What did Americans know?
  • Did Americans help Jewish refugees?
  • Why did Americans go to war?
  • How did Americans respond to the Holocaust?

By the time Nazi Germany forced the world into war, democratic civilization itself was at stake. The US military fought for almost four years to defend democracy, and more than 400,000 Americans died. American soldiers and civilians alike made enormous sacrifices to free Europe from Nazi oppression. Yet saving Jews and others targeted for murder by the Nazi regime and its collaborators never became a priority.

The United States alone could not have prevented the Holocaust, but more could have been done to save some of the six million Jews who were killed. This exhibition examines the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war, and genocide.

Accessing the Exhibition

Americans and the Holocaust will be on display at the Curtis Laws Wilson Library from September 18 to October 22, 2022.

The exhibition is free and open to the public during our posted exhibition hours.

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  • The visitor parking lot is closed due to construction.
  • Street parking is available on St. Patrick's Lane and North Pine Street. Metered parking is also accessible off of St. Patrick's Lane.
    • Exhibit Parking Location map
    • Parking permit and meter regulations are enforced Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. while the university is in session. 
    • After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends visitors may park in any lot on campus
    • Additional parking information available at Visitors Parking.  
  • Group tour buses should drop their passengers off in the parking lot at Fulton Hall and then park at the Gale Bullman Building.

Visitor Accommodations

If you are an individual with a disability and require accommodation, please email or call (573) 341-4008 during the exhibit hours at least 24 hours prior to your visit.


US propaganda poster

US propaganda poster, 1942. Library of Congress, POS - US.J71.H11

Schedule a Tour

To schedule a guided group visit to the Americans and the Holocaust exhibition at Missouri S&T, please complete this form. The form must be submitted at least 1 week before the requested visit dates. While we will do our best to accommodate every request we receive, submitting the form does not guarantee the requested dates. Group tours may only be scheduled from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday.

For questions or more information about the exhibition, please email or call (573) 341-4008.

Children aboard the President Harding look at the Statue of Liberty as they pull into New York Harbor. They were brought to the United States by Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus. USHMM, courtesy of Steve Pressman.

Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is made possible by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association.

Americans and the Holocaust was made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor Jeannie & Jonathan Lavine. Additional major funding was provided by the Bildners — Joan & Allen z”l, Elisa Spungen & Rob, Nancy & Jim; and Jane and Daniel Och. The Museum's exhibitions are also supported by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.