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Allies knew of Holocaust in 1942, 2 years before previously assumed, UN documents prove
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Allies knew of Holocaust in 1942, 2 years before previously assumed, UN documents prove.
I'm not entirely sure what this is intended to prove. There is no denying that in the run up to their involvement in hostilities with German in WWII the US and the UK did as little as possible to aid Jewish refugees from the Nazis. I remain unconvinced that, once hostilities started, there was much the Allies could have done that would have had an impact on the situation, and much of what people claim could have been done (bombing raids on camps or transport, for example) would have impacted the ability of the Allies to prosecute the war against Hitler. So I guess one could say they were ‘doing little to save the Jews’ except, you know, win the war.
There were a few instances, prior to the war, where the rest of the world could have taken small steps to help. None were going to 'solve' the issue, but they would have been steps in the right direction and saved face after the fact.
A most damning portion of the world's indifference is laid out in Varian Fry's own story where private funding was provided to assist in the escape of many Jews and intellectuals who had been targeted.
The US was well aware of the situation and decided to play the neutral card. But not really. Because the US went out of its way to eventually turn Varian Fry in to the Nazis, in order to have him removed from France. The State Department hid its complicity for many years.
I'm not sure what the UN documents 'prove', though. The US and the world was aware what was going on - the government officially turned away the St. Louis in 1939. To say the government had no knowledge of the Holocaust at that point (a full year before 1940) is naive, at best.
William Dodd, the US ambassador, had reported back rafts of information about Germany's activities regarding Jews, and was simply not prepared or capable of dealing with it effectively (Hitler held him in very low regard), despite the fact his daughter (Martha Dodd) was having an affair with Putzi Hafstaengel, Hitler's best 'friend' until 1938 (when they left). She was very aware of what was happening - which meant William was.
1942 is usually just used as the "official" date simply because of the Wannsee Conference, when this was all official and codified.
The world knew long before Wannsee, though. There just wasn't much it could do, as you say, aside from win the war.
"I remain unconvinced that, once hostilities started, there was much the Allies could have done that would have had an impact on the situation,…"
Well, for one, the banks and corporations could have stopped underwriting the $$$ and product provided to the Nazis to continue the war.
I fail to understand how, with all the documents now uncovered, Americans still deny that our Banksters and military/industrial/congressional complex fully supported this horror. I would add academia and all the tax-free Rockefeller and Carnegie connected NGOs as well.
We better wise up or We the Peons will be fighting and dying for another dream of our Shadow Government. Wars depopulate and scare citizens who survive into giving up more and more freedoms. Think about it.
In December 1942, the Germans had just suffered their first major defeat of the war at El Alamein. They were still fighting for Stalingrad in the East.
Although the Aliies had just landed in Vichy controlled North Africa, the Americans were still mostly still arming and raising an Army. The concentration camps in Poland would have been out of range of Allied bombers.
One wonders what the authors of this piece think we could have done?
I can only speculate that accusations that "the Allies knew" can be used by the Left as one more piece of evidence to 'prove' the United States and Western Europe are, and have always been inherently bad.
To the left, anything and everything they're offended by is as bad as if it's still going on TO THIS DAY!!11!
Had a girlfriend who was horribly incensed by the US Army's treatment of the American Indians. (She even objected to the term 'Native Americans', because America wasn't around when the continent was discovered.)
They WILL find something to be offended about, any sort of sense be damned.
I think "knowing" is one thing, "doing something" quite another.
We could have "done more" but that implies so much that is just nonsense and blather. It's like the trope that we "knew" about 9/11 planning and "could have done something" to stop it. Unlikely. Could it potentially have been mitigated with better police work? Eh, maybe. But not really. After all, 'better' police work and even NSA surveillance didn't stop the Boston Marathon bombing - an event which we were supposed to be protected from because of the civil liberties which have been taken away.
The same is true of the Holocaust. Of course we knew. So what? It's not why we went to war, specifically, but the outcome of the war was the main means of ending it.
There's no way Hitler would have given 2 hoots about what the rest of the world thought.
After all, he was engaging eugenics, which had a 'scientific consensus' supporting it at the time. So it was politically palatable. You know, like man-made global climate change.
For a measured, knowledgeable analysis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Abandonment_of_the_Jews
I seem to remember a 1942 movie about this starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Name of the movie escapes me at the moment though.
re The fate Trump spared us
The book Shattered has the latest batch of evidence telling us what we have known for years.
HRC has an unreliable temper and anger management issues.
HRC has a tin ear with regard to politics.
HRC always blames her failures on other people. That goes hand in hand with her general dishonesty.
HRC is incompetent. I could go on but there are time constraints.
Old timers such as myself have known of these character flaws since the 90s. Still, I suspect many will relish reading this book anyway.
For all Trump's faults he is preferable to the alternative.
Well of course North Korea has a handle on obesity. Other than the leaders at the top, those poor slobs are ALL starving under their corrupt dictatorship. Good thing that the foolish Brit didn't wave pictures of the concentration camp survivors as Exhibit B.
Hey mensa, the common denominator with North Korea, Hitler and you is that all of you want big government to control how people eat. Let us pick for ourselves. I trust myself a lot more than I trust some bureaucrat to pick my menu.
I am amused by the fact that millennials use the GPS in their smartphones to locate meetings where they discuss the invalidity of "western" science, blissfully ignorant of the fact that GPS requires Newtonian physics, quantum physics, and both special and general relativity to operate correctly.
"I am amused by the fact that millennials use the GPS in their smartphones to locate meetings where they discuss the invalidity of 'western' science..."
Add to that their disdain for the military - the "war solves nothing" mantra.
Yet no US Department of Defense, no GPS constellation.
Next time you hear a snowflake chant the "war never solved anything" mantra, bring up the Civil War. It sure stopped slavery. Or bring up WWII. Sure stopped those evil Nazi bastards from murdering more Jews.
Universities should start charging higher tuition for the grievance majors ("__ studies") and then use that money to offset the cost of STEM degrees.
This snowflake habit of shutting down free speech is starting to get seriously irritating.
I tried posting this comment earlier, but it seems to have gotten trapped by the spam filter, so i figured I would try once again.
The students claiming truth is a "white supremacist concept" and blaming the enlightenment are simply repeating and revising (perhaps unknowingly) the argument of Horkheimer and Adorno's Dialectic of Enlightenment, in which two of the founders of the Frankfurt School argue that the Enlightenment is responsible for the rise of fascism in Europe. Horkheimer and Adorno's work influenced not just other scholars on the left (the "cultural Marxists"), but also that of the less directly political post-structuralists who opposed truth claims of any sort as being "essentialist" and therefore repressive.
The Abandonment of the Jews. David Wyman (no relation) runs the Institute For Holocaust Studies and has books on the subject of refusing to rescue Jews, notably Paper Walls.
Still, it was a different country then. We had not rescued the Armenians. We had not rescued the Ukrainians. Never considered it. We were an isolationist country who did not rescue anyone anywhere. Since WWII we haven't rescued many slaughtered people either.
The differences seem to be that we had many Jewish citizens in the US (few Armenians, Ukrainians, Cambodians) who felt/feel a strong tie to Jews in Europe and we shared that somewhat in sympathy with them; also, despite considerable prejudice there was a stronger association in Gentile minds between modern Jews and ancient Hebrews than was common anywhere else.
Wyman, "He documents numerous cases where the Allies found resources (such as shipping) to give aid and rescue to tens of thousands of non-Jewish refugees, while at the same time denying similar aid or rescue efforts to Jews."
On top of isolationism was anti-semitism.