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Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew Paperback – September 1, 1999
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The author draws on recently released transcripts of British intelligence intercepts of German Order Police (ORPO) radio transmissions, and he integrates this information with material previously known to scholars of the Holocaust.
Breitman presents convincing evidence that ridding Europe of all Jews was an early goal of Hitler, not one that emerged later in the war. This goal was pursued ruthlessly by the SS and ORPO with ever-increasing efficiency as the war progressed. Even when it was clear that the Germany could not win the war, its leaders continued their all-out effort to accomplish this objective.
What did the Allies know of the atrocities? During the war, the American people had heard reports of persecution of the Jews by the Nazis, but they were astounded when allied troops uncovered the horrifying extent of the extermination. Yet this book presents evidence that high officials in Britian and the United States were aware of this throughout the war. Reports from the Polish Government-in-Exile emphasized that all Jews, including women and children were being eliminated. Jewish organizations, and individul citizens in many countries were also reporting this, and the ORPO radio intercepts confirmed it.
Unfortunately, not all allied officials had access to all of the information, and there was considerable disagreement about its accuracy and relevance. Some thought the reports were fabricated or grossly exaggerated. Even if substantially true, there was disagreement over what could be done about it.Read more ›
This book goes into detail about the role of the German police battalions in the mass murder that resulted from Hitlers racial policies. Something that very few researchers have written about. I would rate this book, and Brownings writing on Police Battalion 101, as the two best books on the subject.
What did the Allies know about the Holocaust and what if anything could they have done to stop it? It also looks at the German mechanism and the criminal lunatics who took part in the Holocaust and carried the horrific atrocities.
If you are interested in this dark part of history it may explain what happened.
A very balanced researched book.
From what I've read/seen on the bombing subject, precision bombing was not all that precise back then, which is why plenty of towns without military value were hit. So I'm not convinced on that point.
Additionally, regarding the decoded info, it may have been impossible to act on without revealing the source. The big picture was to win the war and letting on that they knew these "top secrets" may have saved some lives but cost more lives in the long run. Also, as the author acknowledges numerous times, much remains classified so the full story is not yet known.
As far as making accusations about who didn't do what or didn't do enough, I feel strongly that fingers should be pointed in the right place - at the Nazis and their wicked collaborators alone. The Allies may have been imperfect but they were on the side of the Angels,and they did no less than save the world! The monstrous Nazis, and they alone, have the blood of those poor innocent people on their hands to eternity. Lastly,it would be decent to give a mention to the millions of other, non-Jewish victims - such as the gypsies, prisoners of war, etc. who shared the tragic fate of the Jews. They seem forgotten in this book.
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I bought this for my husband, and he couldn't put it down!
It's compelling, well-written and a must read for all history buffs and WWII enthusiasts!
Like the reviewers before me I found this work very repetitive and light in areas of Nazi attrocities. Read morePublished on March 31, 2001 by Scott
Professor Breitman has managed in a couple of hundred pages to give a picture of Nazi attrocities against the Jews during their terrible reign. Read morePublished on October 25, 2000 by Christopher Markides