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Albertsons Library selected to host Americans and the Holocaust

From more than 250 applicants, Albertsons Library was selected as one of 50 libraries to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The national tour will travel from 2020 to 2022; the exhibit will be on display at Boise State from Jan. 6 to Feb. 10 in 2021.

Albertsons Library’s application was supported by Boise’s Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and the Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, as well as Boise State faculty from the Department of History.

In addition to the traveling exhibition on loan, Albertsons Library will receive a cash grant to support public programs, and the library’s exhibition project director will have expenses paid to attend an orientation workshop at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Americans and the Holocaust examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war, and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.

Based on extensive new research of that period, Americans and the Holocaust addresses important themes in American history, exploring the many factors that influenced decisions made by the U.S. government, the news media, organizations and individuals as they responded to Nazism. Drawing on a remarkable collection of primary sources from the ’30s and ’40s, the exhibition focuses on the stories of individuals and groups of Americans who took action in response to Nazism.

Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is an educational initiative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association.

For more information about the Americans and the Holocaust national tour, visit the American Library Association website. Questions about the exhibition at Boise State may be directed to librarian/archivist Gwyn Hervochon at