Anika Walke is an Associate Professor of History and International and Area Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. (July 2019)


An Open Letter to the Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

By “unequivocally rejecting efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary,” the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is taking a radical position that is far removed from mainstream scholarship on the Holocaust and genocide. The Museum’s decision to completely reject drawing any possible analogies to the Holocaust, or to the events leading up to it, is fundamentally ahistorical. And it makes learning from the past almost impossible.