Journalism is often called “the first rough draft of history.” The Star is participating with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to give readers a glimpse into the past to revisit how the newspaper tracked the events that eventually led to the Nazi Holocaust and its aftermath. Other local outlets from around the country are also contributing to the museum’s “History Unfolded” project.
Here is a selection of coverage from far-away Europe as it appeared in The Kansas City Star, beginning in 1933, when the Nazis’ infamous final horror was still in the making.
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We will be adding to this page as time goes on.
Nazis boycott businesses owned by Germany’s 600,000 Jews.
Hitler sends Brown Shirts to occupy headquarters of labor unions across the country.
Jews react with uncertainly as the Nuremberg race laws are enacted.
French officials say Hitler “went very far” at his Nuremberg speech.
Germany annexes Austria.
Nazi economists calculate the wealth of their newly-claimed land.
At the Evian Conference in Évian-les-Bains, France, U.S. delegate Myron C. Taylor decries the “catastrophic suffering” that racial animus is bringing upon the world.
The Kristallnacht riots roil Berlin and the rest of Germany.
Cuba refuses the ship the St. Louis and its cargo of German refugees.
An editorial cartoon sums up Europe’s fears about Poland.
German occupying forces in Paris take more than 100 Jews and two French lawyers hostage.
The Star first mentions Germany’s requirement that Jews wear yellow stars.
The United States and United Nations condemn Germany’s “bestial policy of cold-blooded extermination” of Jewish people.