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While Six Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy Paperback – February 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0879518363 ISBN-10: 0879518367 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook TP; Reprint edition (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879518367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879518363
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was very upsetting to read.
voracious reader
Great Britain, the USA and the Soviet Union bare some responsibility for the Holocaust.
Gary Selikow
Why did civilized nations shirk their responsibilities to show pity for us!
Alter Wiener

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Randy Keehn VINE VOICE on May 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I had read suggestions over the years that the Roosevelt (FDR) Administration had a weak and obstructionist policy towards the plight of the Jews in Europe in the years leading up to WWII. Unfortunately, I let this book sit on the bookshelf for nearly twenty years before I got around to reading it. I was appalled at the extent of US governmental indifference and interference! One of the major problems facing the Jews who could sense the imminent danger in Germany was that of finding some place to move to. Most of the Western world did not want to accept them as refugees and especially in the numbers that were materializing. As the grandson of an immigrant, I had written a term paper on the US immigration policy with apparrent pride when I was in junior high school. I understood the various quota systems that favored North Western Europeans and heavily discriminated against those of other races. I had understood the reasons that it took two of my grandfather's brothers so long to immigrate here. I understood why many immigrants went to Canada instead (including the fact that Canada is a fine country). I had understood the laws requiring that persons coming to this country needed to provide proof that they would be able to provide for their own support once they got here. However, Arthur Morse gave examples after examples of how all of the existing immigration laws were twisted, tightened and squeezed to keep the Jewish refugees from finding a new home here. We were just another country that left them to fend helplessly for themselves in Nazi Germany. "While Six Million Died" is a difficult book to read for an American. It is a reminder of the anti-semitism that generations after the Holocaust find hard to understand.Read more ›
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on February 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
This volume tells of how the USA and Britain during World War II, were not only apathetic to the fate of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, but actually obstructed all efforts to save them.
The book explores the questions:
What did the rest of the world, in particular the United States and Great Britain, know about the Nazi plans for the annihilation of the Jews?
What was their reaction to this knowledge?
After it was learned from a German industrialist, and relayed by the representative in Switzerland of the World Jewish Congress, Gerhardt Riegner, of the plans by the Nazis to exterminate European Jewry (and after well over a million Jewish men, women and children had already been butchered , Czech exile Ernest Frischer urged the Allies urged the Allies to ease the blockade of Nazi-occupied Europe so that relief supplies could reach occupied Europe, and proposed that the International Red Cross supply food parcels to ghettos and concentration camps as it did prisoner of war camps. He asked that Jewish children be evacuated from German-occupied territories.
It was debated but no action in this regard was taken.

By January 1943, new evidence had come to light about Nazi mass murder. Riegner provided the American State Department a detrailed 4 page description of Nazi atrocities.
It was reported that the Nazis were killing six thousand Jews each day in Poland.
A 'Stop Hitler Now' Rally was organized by Rabbi Stephen Wise at Madison Square Gardens on March 1, 1943.Chaim Weizmann, President of the Jewish Agency for Palestine stated that "The world can no longer plead that the ghastly facts are unknown and uncomfirmed.
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In June 1942, the Germans deported me to enforced Labor Camps. During my captivity of three years, and for 33 months prior to my deportation (from September 1939 to June 1942) I saw Germans and their collaborators (not just Nazis) looting, expropriating, deporting, mocking, beating, torturing, shooting, hanging, burning alive, babies choked or smashed to death, starving and other unimaginable acts of extreme wickedness carried out against innocent men, women and children. The Nazis' were enjoying watching their victims suffer (shadenfreunde).

In Klettendorf, one of the five camps that I had been incarcerated, I saw a long train, of cattle cars, filled with guarded human cargo. It passed close by the trench that I was digging. I could hear a pleading for water (Wasser.) That train was heading towards one of the six extermination camps: Auschwitz, Belzec, Chelmno, Maidanek, Sobibor and Treblinka, in occupied Poland. That horrifying spectacle still reverberates in my memory. I was unable to strangle the last sight of it; I was strangled by it. I could not understand then, at the age of 17 and I do not understand today, at the age of 84, the logic to send non-combatants to death. Few of the perpetrators have ever been brought to trial, but the character of civilization was! How could such slaughter go on without arousing the civilized world's wrath? By that time, in August 1944, the democratic world undoubtedly was aware of the death camps in Poland. I wondered whether Jews in America were protesting the slaughter of their brethren. Why the United States, a nation founded and populated by the oppressed of different faiths and from many lands did not stop Hitler's genocide? Where were the good Samaritans among the American Christians?
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