by Bill Boyle
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. will open an exhibit this year which includes historical articles from the San Juan Record.
Americans and the Nazi Threat is designed for visitors to see the Holocaust as an American story with relevance to their lives today.
The central goal for the project is to challenge the misconception that the American public did not have any information about the persecution of Jews.
The materials from the San Juan Record will be used to help show the widespread coverage of these events at the local level.
Four articles will be used in the exhibit, including a story from as early as 1934, and additional stories from 1938, 1942, and 1946.
A brief article from the December 31, 1942 San Juan Record states: “With the governments of the other United Nations, the United States joined in a condemnation of Germany’s bestial policy of cold-blooded extermination of Jews.
“This action came after reports from Europe indicated that the Nazis were definitely proceeding with Hitler’s oft-repeated intention to exterminate every Jew on that continent.”
In additional to the exhibit at the museum in Washington, D.C., the multi-year project will include a documentary, a general interest book, and a public engagement campaign.
At the time, the San Juan Record often included serialized summaries of national and international news. The newspaper was published by Marie Ogden, with a number of Editors during this timeframe.
The old records are fascinating. The archives have been digitized by the University of Utah through the Utah Digital Newspapers project. They can be accessed through the San Juan Record website.
We are extremely excited to have our archives used for an exhibit in the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Lynda and I have lived and studied in Jerusalem, where we met and worked with a number of Holocaust survivors.
In addition to our work in San Juan County, we have led hundreds of friends on tour groups to Washington, D.C. and to the Holy Land.
Our tours always include a somber visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.
Imagine our excitement when the Holocaust Museum approached us with a request to use our materials.