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Racial discrimination and lynchings in America did not
discourage Corporal James Baldwin from serving his country. As part of the
784th Tank Battalion, he helped free the Dutch from German occupation.
Sergeant Leon Bass and his unit proudly bore witness to the Nazi atrocities
in the Buchenwald concentration camp after it was liberated, even though
they were treated as second-class citizens in the segregated US Army.
The “Double-V” campaign encouraged Black Americans to join the war effort
by advocating victory against fascism abroad and against racism at home.
Speakers DeNeen L. Brown,
Award-Winning Journalist, the Washington
Post, and Associate Professor, Philip Merrill College of
Journalism, University of Maryland Lynn Williams,
Educational Program Consultant, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Moderator Dr. Edna Friedberg,
Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum