A New Digital Teaching Tool Examines African Americans and the Second World War

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has introduced a new digital teaching tool for the college classroom: Experiencing History offers students and teachers an innovative platform for exploring original materials on a wide variety of themes of topics. As part of a broader effort to examine themes related to Americans and the Holocaust, we’ve created a new collection entitled African Americans and the Second World War, highlighting the ways in which African Americans responded to racial persecution at home and abroad during this period. From the testimony of an African American soldier who helped liberate Buchenwald, to public debates over a boycott of the 1936 Olympics, to noted writer W.E.B. DuBois’ reflections on his visit to the destroyed Warsaw Ghetto, these sources illustrate how experiences of discrimination and violence in the US intersected with the fight against fascism and intolerance abroad.

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