I am a historian of American responses to the Holocaust.
You may know me from my book, Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe (Doubleday, 2018), which won the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for Writing Based on Archival Material (the JDC-Herbert Katzki Award).
You might also know me from Florentine Films’ The U.S. and the Holocaust, directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, which debuted on PBS in September 2022. I served as a historical advisor and an on-camera expert in the film.
You could also have met “me” in the theatrical production Here There Are Blueberries, written by Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich, and developed by the Tectonic Theater Project. The play details my work on the Hoecker album, a photograph album owned by Karl Hoecker, the final adjutant to the commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Or you could know me from some of my many talks and presentations–I present frequently on the War Refugee Board, the wide range of American responses to the Holocaust, and other Holocaust-related issues.
I am also a historian, educator, curator, and archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.