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Auschwitz and the Allies Paperback – September 6, 2001
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We are confronted with the disturbing revelation that, although supplied with considerable information about the decimation of Jewish communities in the Nazi Concentration Camps & gas ovens of Europe, the Allies turned a blind and incredulous eye to the suffering and slaughter.
In relation to the British involvement (or lack of it), the book quotes from a letter by Winston Churchill to Anthony Eden dated July 1944 pertaining to the Nazi slaughter of Jews in Europe;-"...there is no doubt that this is probably the greatest and most horrible single crime ever committed in the whole history of the world..."
One would think that this expression of apparent concern would have led to the most aggressive intervention possible to rescue the vast numbers facing genocide. Not so ! The book shows that Churchill did indeed order a so-called feasibility study for possible air-strikes on Auschwitz, but subsequently did nothing. The issue was passed to the Americans who also did...nothing.
Before some say that it was too late in 1944 anyway, the book clearly illustrates the Allied possession of such knowledge of an ongoing genocide in 1942.
Hitler himself being shown to have publically announced during 1942, before an enormous crowd & film crews, that the war in Europe would result in the complete annihilation of the Jews. Some 11,000,000 in Europe. The Allied Government's all heard this, but looked away.
The book details a number of British newspaper headlines and extensive reports, some of which follow;-
"Nazis murder 700,000 Jews in Poland".Read more ›
The book is painful to read as it chronicles the history of the Shoah from the earliest warnings of Hitler's intentions through the war, the doomed attempts of many individuals and organisations to rescue the Jews, the indifference and the excuses given by certain officials on the Allied side, and the actions, good and bad, of occupied and neutral countries. Although the book does not focus on personal experiences in the holocaust, there are some examples of unspeakable horror that the sensitive reader had best avoid.
The author ascribes the extent of the tragedy and the failure to do more as failures of imagination, of response, of intelligence, co-ordination and of sympathy. To me the most shocking revelations are those where policymakers used the excuse that they were afraid of flooding Palestine and the UK with Jewish refugees. Or maybe even worse, those who claimed that the reports coming out of Europe were exaggerated. Another incredible show of indifference was the refusal of the Allies to bomb Auschwitz, while their planes were overflying the accursed place to drop supplies on Warsaw for the Polish uprising.Read more ›
Read this back. That makes them complicit. That makes us complicit.
The final unbelievability: that this painstaking, unassuming, remorseless, tragic book is not more widely known.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If the Allies bombed Auschwitz-Birkenau they would be excoriated today because they would have killed more Jews in the bombing than saved. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I sent this to my son and he said it was a great book. He has really gotten interested in WWII.Published on January 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Several reviewers have stated that the allies had "knowledge" of the exterminations
as early as 1942. That is quite a stretch and is not plausible. Read more
I read this book when I was an undergraduate, and now I have read it again, along with books on eyewitness accounts by Alfred Wexler and Rudolph Vrba. Read morePublished on July 7, 2008 by screenmagic
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Looking into history is one of the areas that we can almost always fell we have found an absolute truth. Read morePublished on June 19, 2005 by John G. Hilliard
Martin Gilbert, who writes "Auschwitz and the Allies" illustrates a very colorful picture of what the mindset of the German leader Adolf Hitler and his military leaders in the... Read morePublished on April 19, 2004 by Michael S. Williams
There is NO question that the hatred of the Jews existed everywhere in the large part of Europe (especially Poland and France) and in the United States. Read morePublished on June 1, 2003 by The Professor Dave