"Citizen Historian" Project Asks: Did Local U.S. Newspapers Cover The Holocaust?

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Seventy-two years ago on January 27, the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops. Now, "citizen historians" in Connecticut are examining how that and other events of the Holocaust were covered in local newspapers.

The project is called "History Unfolded" -- and it's a call for residents in Connecticut to scour the archives of their local paper, searching for references to the Holocaust.

The hope is to better understand what the local media covered, what it didn't, and how communities responded.

That information will be shared online with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., which is running the project.

Liz Shapiro, with the Connecticut League of History Organizations, said what's great is anyone can get involved. "People can work on the project from their home as long as they have an internet connection," Shapiro said. "They can go to a library and use one of the library's digital resources -- they can work with the state library, they can work with their local historical society."




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