Daniel Greene is President and Librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago and adjunct professor of history at Northwestern University. In 2018, he curated Americans and the Holocaust, an exhibition that opened at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, to commemorate its twenty-fifth anniversary. Greene’s book, The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity (2011), won the American Jewish Historical Society's Saul Viener Prize. He is also a coauthor and coeditor of Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North (2013), a book accompanying a collaborative exhibition between the Newberry Library and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Greene earned his PhD at the University of Chicago.
Americans and the Holocaust provides a portrait of American society during the 1930s and ‘40s, examining how the Great Depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism, and antisemitism shaped responses to Nazism and the Holocaust. Greene examines how much information about the threat of Nazism was available to Americans at the time and asks why rescuing Jews did not become a priority.