The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941-45 Paperback – 31 Oct 1991
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From the Author
This book is to inform the readers of the jewish dilema.
My book was written to inform the public of the atrocities of the U.S. Gov during WWII. The gov. at the time knew what was going on and did nothing to stop the slaughter of millions of innocent jews. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is sad to acknowledge that The United States of America couldn't muster the courage to drop a single bomb on the rail lines leading out of Hungary, or into Auschwitz-Birkenau. One bomb would have done nothing to stop the Holocaust - but it would have spoken symbolic volumes about what America supposedly stood for.
Anti-Semitism was bad in the United States at that time. And anti-black racism was even worse. As sad an episode as this was in US History (not simply the US failure to act symbolically or otherwise to rescue European Jewry - but also the internment of Japanese Americans in camps, and the relegation of blacks to driving trucks in the military) it did, in the longer run, finally force America to look itself in the mirror.
I consider this a "must read" for anyone even slightly interested in American History, especially the upheavals of the 1960's. America "ignored" the Jews in Europe as it always had, and as it mostly ignored its own. WWII set in motion events that forced America to live up to what it was supposedly fighting for in "The Good War."
This book is also valuable because it reveals the depth of the split within American Jewry over how to respond the mass killings. That split certainly contributed to the ease with which FDR could concentrate on other issues besides The Jews of Europe...and thereby avoid any hint of a schism with Churchill.
The evil, satanic Nazi regime and it's methods intent on the slaughter and genocide of the European Jews is well documented elsewhere.
Little is written or heard about the passive accomplices....I hesitate in using the latter word, but none other can really suffice in this context. The author has provided an extremely valuable service with this work in bringing this subject to our attention.
It is difficult to estimate how many of the six million murdered Jews could possibly have been saved through a concerted, determined Allied rescue campaign. However, suffice to say no such measures were taken and all the victims perished.
The author documents that the US State Department and the British Foreign Office has absolutely no intention of rescuing large numbers of European Jews from the Nazi genocide machine.
Indeed, the author shows that the Allies actually feared that the Nazi regime would release tens of thousands of Jews into Allied hands and the inherent responsibility that such a move would impose upon them.
Such a move by the Nazis would have inevitably placed immense pressure on the British to open Palestine to increased Jewish immigration, and the US to admit even larger numbers of Jews to their own shores.
A situation that neither Government wanted to face. The British, although allowing virtually unhindered Arab immigration from surrounding Arab nations into Palestine, had their own reasons for refusing increased Jewish entry into what is now Israel. Instead, the British provided concentration camps of their own on Cyprus for those Jews seeking what they perceived as `illegal' entry to Palestine. A damning historical indictment, which being British and a non-Jew, I still find difficult to stomach.
The author shows that there was clear, authenticated documentation available to the US State Department in 1942, that revealed unmistakable evidence that the Nazis were pursuing a systematic extermination of European Jewry. However, it is shown that nothing was done for some 14 months, and only then were limited measures eventually adopted. Even so, the US record of action is still far better than that of the British.
These limited measures of assistance adopted by the US are shown to have been impeded by rampant anti-Semitism throughout US society and the US Congress, plus the mass media's failure to publicise Holocaust details and the virtual near silence of the Church and it's own leadership.
The author also shows that appeals to bomb the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers, railroads and bridges were refused outright amidst claims that such military action would divert essential air-power. Yet, at the very same time numerous heavy Allied bombing raids were still taking place within 50 miles of Auschwitz, only a few minutes flying time away. The value of saving Jewish lives was not worth a single Allied bomb.
This is a disturbing book about a disturbing period of history and a disturbing analysis of the integrity of our leaders together with our foreign policies & agendas during the war years. There is so much information here. Read this and Sir Martin Gilbert's `Auschwitz and the Allies' for differing approaches to the same subject, but which reveal the same conclusions. Recommended.
We could have done some damage to Auschwitz, however, in early 1944 (in plenty of time to help the poor Hungarian Jews who were railed in starting in early May). The planes would have had to come from the 12th and 15th AF bases in southern Italy. Assuming we had clear understanding of exactly where the several gassing buildings and crematories were, it might have been possible with some degree of precision (to avoid scads of casualties in the endless, crammed barracks areas of Birkenau) to strike with auxiliary fuel tank-equipped P-38s equipped with a pair of either 500 or 1000 lb bombs. B-26 bombers (twin-engine) with 4000 lbs of bombs was also a possibility. The problem is that both these planes were at the absolute limits of their range, by unfortunate coincidence, to reach southernmost Poland where Auschwitz lay. It's unclear, without being a flight officer or ops planner from that era, to know is such a raid could work. Any interception by German fighter defences over Yugo or Austria would have forced the jettisoning of aux fuel/bombs in order to defend themselves; unless you went with B-26s escorted by P-38s that were unencumbered by ordnance. The only other option would be an all-out B-24 raid and there goes the neighborhood, as far as precision goes. The beginning of the victim barracks (and many of these folks survived the nightmare) were 300 to 400 yds from the crematories/gas chambers. 300 to 400 yds (with at least a 100 yd kill radius) ain't much to work with in a B-24 raid with 300 bombers.
The rail lines leading in there from Hungary? Maybe so. I'll defer on that one because I just don't know. But those NAZIs were pretty efficient when it came to killing. They would have re-routed those trains if every soldier in the German Army had to starve in order to get to those Jews. Eichmann and Himmler would've seen to it. But, I don't know. And would it have been worth many American lives to show the world that we knew what was going on and we were willing to die to stop it? Sure seems so, but I would have hated to been a young guy on a desperate long-range boondoggle without fighter support. We lost 400,000 people in that war as it was, and 30,000 in the air over Europe (and the UK lost 20,000, I kid you not). You just couldn't pick a harder place to get to for us than souther and eastern Poland. The NAZIs isolated the poor Jews in those hell pits located there just for that reason.
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