America and “Holocaust”. Popular and scholarly discourse/knowledge pre- and post- the miniseries. Popular knowledge of the Holocaust pre-miniseries. General knowledge from reporting during the War The Diary of Anne Frank (1952) Highly edited Eichmann trial (1961)
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Popular and scholarly discourse/knowledge pre- and post- the miniseries
The focus is on Hitler’s system and politics
Scholars came of age during Holocaust and knew of other feelings of anti-Semitism in the World
-Jewish identity was a marker of difference, Jews focused on integration into American society
Although the show was watched by millions, thus earning high ratings, the reaction was varied and intense, sparking continuous controversy played out most notably on the pages of the New York Times.
Insensitive to survivors
Effective medium of television
Reached and educated millions
Must try to express
The Public Responds-High Ratings, generally well received-NBC got 700 phone calls 1st night: 390 praised, 370 complained-New York Times received unusually high amount of letters to the Editor
“Just following orders”
Why didn’t the Jews leave sooner?