Immigration, Refugees, and Anti-Semitism: American Dilemmas

AHA Session 179
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
New York Ballroom East (Sheraton New York, Third Floor)
Eunice G. Pollack, historian and author

Session Abstract

U.S. immigration policy, and Americans’ responses to international refugee crises, were matters of intense public debate in the 1930s, as they are today. In this session, three of the leading scholars in the field of American responses to Nazism and the Holocaust will present their latest research on Americans’ responses, and the factors that shaped them. Dr. Medoff will examine heretofore unexplored aspects of the U.S. government’s immigration policy, then and now; Prof. Leff will address the question of how American universities responded to the plight of European refugee scholars; and Prof. Norwood will explore efforts by the Nazi regime to spread antisemitism on American campuses, and how those efforts affected public opinion and policy. The audience for this session will include scholars of immigration history, racism, U.S. foreign policy, Jewish history, and the Holocaust.
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