News Media

Question:

My name is **** and I am currently a student at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Presently I am enrolled in a course entitled, "The Holocaust and the Media." Right now I am working on a paper on the role of the media in reporting and commentating on the events and plans leading to the Holocaust: pre-September 1, 1939. My focus is how U.S. anti-Nazi newspapers and magazines reported this (liberal, communist, Jewish, etc.)

I was hoping that you would be able to provide me with some much needed information regarding the above subject (i.e. personal opinion, archived articles, etc.) Thank you in advance for your help.

Marty Kelley answers:

It sounds as if your paper topic is tailor-made to make use of Deborah Lipstadt's book, Beyond Belief : The American Press And The Coming Of The Holocaust, 1933-1945 (New York : Free Press, 1986). If you have not already consulted this work, it should provide you with an excellent starting point for further research. Lipstadt's bibliography will likely provide a rich set of pointers to other studies of the topic, as well as primary sources from the time. Good luck with your research!

Marty Kelley, Ph.D.
Faculty of Language and Culture
Osaka University
Japan

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