This week I wanted to highlight a source on our digital library that I came across a couple weeks ago and recently used with a field trip here at HSP. It is a small pamphlet called Anti-Semitic Propaganda in America written in 1940 by Richard Gutstadt, director of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League. I found the pamphlet particularly interesting because often we speak of anti-Semitism as something that happened in Germany, yet there were pro-Nazi groups here in the United States as well.
The pamphlet calls all Americans to be conscious of any propaganda against any minority group and discusses how social and political attitudes can be changed through educating people on the true nature of the Nazi regime. Another interesting point when using this resource in a classroom is to point out that there is still an Anti-Defamation League today here in Philadelphia. If you are interested in reading this pamphlet, you can find it here on our digital library and also remember to check out the Anti-Defamation League at adl.org to see what local programming is in your area.