History Unfolded Part 8: The “Jewish Badge” and the “Threatening Calamity”

The Holocaust did not start with gas chambers. It started with stereotyping and hateful words, escalated to stigmatization and discrimination, and culminated in genocide, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). Thus the September 1941 order forcing Jews in Germany and occupied territories to wear a yellow star sewn onto their clothes, marked an … Continue reading History Unfolded Part 8: The “Jewish Badge” and the “Threatening Calamity”

History Unfolded Part 7: Child Refugees, Hoosier Resistance

Children under eighteen years of age make up more than half of the approximately 22 million people seeking refuge today. [1] We read statistics like this often, and sometimes our empathy for such human devastation of can get lost in the numbers. The problems can feel remote, foreign, and unrelated to our own daily struggles. And … Continue reading History Unfolded Part 7: Child Refugees, Hoosier Resistance

History Unfolded Part 6: The Abandoned Refugees of the St. Louis

“Mother of Exiles: Hope for Those Seeking Freedom”  . . . This headline ran in a Midwestern newspaper along with a picture of the Statue of Liberty and these relevant words: At a time when isolation has become a fetish for many, it is fitting to recall some of the evidences of America’s pride as … Continue reading History Unfolded Part 6: The Abandoned Refugees of the St. Louis

History Unfolded Project Part 5: Jewish Refugees, Hoosier Rescue

$360. That was the cost in May 1938 to rescue a Jewish child from Nazi controlled Austria. $360 would pay for her relocation to a new home in Palestine, and care for her for two years. All this for $360. $360 to save the life of a child. In May 1938, the national Youth Aliyah … Continue reading History Unfolded Project Part 5: Jewish Refugees, Hoosier Rescue

History Unfolded Project Part 4: The Nuremberg Laws and a Hoosier “Advocate for the Doomed”

Usually we use the Hoosier State Chronicles blog to tell you stories about Hoosiers and the State of Indiana by using local newspapers.  For this project, we are examining world events through the eyes of the Hoosier newspaper reader.  Because many of these articles were reported through the Associated Press and United Press news services, … Continue reading History Unfolded Project Part 4: The Nuremberg Laws and a Hoosier “Advocate for the Doomed”

History Unfolded Project Part 3: Book Burnings

Usually we use the Hoosier State Chronicles blog to tell you stories about Hoosiers and the State of Indiana by using local newspapers.  For this project, we are examining world events through the eyes of the Hoosier newspaper reader.  Because many of these articles were reported through the Associated Press and United Press news services, … Continue reading History Unfolded Project Part 3: Book Burnings

History Unfolded Project Part 2: Jewish Businesses Boycotted / Jews Removed from Government

Usually we use the Hoosier State Chronicles blog to tell you stories about Hoosiers and the State of Indiana by using local newspapers.  For this project, we are examining world events through the eyes of the Hoosier newspaper reader.  Because many of these articles were reported through the Associated Press and United Press news services, … Continue reading History Unfolded Project Part 2: Jewish Businesses Boycotted / Jews Removed from Government

History Unfolded Project Part 1: When Did Hoosiers Learn What about Dachau Concentration Camp?

Usually we use the Hoosier State Chronicles blog to tell you stories about Hoosiers and the state of Indiana by using local newspapers.  In this case we will be looking at world events through the eyes of the Hoosier newspaper reader.  Because many of these articles were reported through the Associated Press and United Press … Continue reading History Unfolded Project Part 1: When Did Hoosiers Learn What about Dachau Concentration Camp?

“America First:” The Ku Klux Klan Influence on Immigration Policy in the 1920s

United States immigration laws reflect a long history of debate over who should be included and excluded in differing visions of American identity. In 1924, Congress passed the Johnson-Reed Act or the Immigration Act of 1924, “a measure which was a legislative expression of the xenophobia, particularly towards eastern and southern European immigrants, that swept … Continue reading “America First:” The Ku Klux Klan Influence on Immigration Policy in the 1920s

Students, Teachers, and Citizen Historians! Help Us Find Out What Hoosiers Knew About the Holocaust

WHAT: History Unfolded Research Sprint WHEN: Thursday, February 1, anytime between 9 a.m. and noon WHERE: Indiana State Library Fourth Floor 315 West Ohio Street Indianapolis, IN 46202 (Map) (Parking) QUESTIONS: jweiss@history.IN.gov Please join us next Thursday, February 1 ( anytime between 9 a.m. and noon) in the Indiana State Library for a History Unfolded … Continue reading Students, Teachers, and Citizen Historians! Help Us Find Out What Hoosiers Knew About the Holocaust