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January 29, 2014 4:58 pm

Visiting Auschwitz, Israeli Officials Cite U.S. Failure to Bomb Death Camp

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Minister Ariel at Auschwitz. Photo: Knesset spokesman.

JNS.org The Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration’s rejection of pleas to bomb Auschwitz was on the minds of several Israeli leaders during the recent visit by more than 50 Knesset members to the site of the former Nazi death camp.

“It always bothers me that the United States could have bombed [Auschwitz], could have made it their mission to stop the killing machine,” Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett told reporters, according to Israel National News. “But out of tens of thousands of missions during the war, they did not make an attempt even once.”

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon noted that the U.S. “failed to bomb Auschwitz, and when they could have done it they said ‘it’s not part of the war effort.'”

Prof. David Wyman revealed in his 1984 best-seller “The Abandonment of the Jews” that American planes repeatedly bombed German oil factories that were just a few miles from the Auschwitz gas chambers and crematoria. Among the foremost advocates of such a bombing was Benjamin Akzin, who at the time was a staff member of the U.S. government’s War Refugee Board. Azkin (1904-1985) later became a distinguished academic and recipient of the 1967 Israel Prize.

Wyman cited documents showing that the Roosevelt administration refrained from actively helping to rescue Jews from the Holocaust because it feared that would increase the pressure to open America’s doors to refugees.

Until recently, it was believed that Jewish groups’ requests to bomb Auschwitz were all handled by lower-level U.S. officials and never reached President Franklin Roosevelt’s inner circle. But Dr. Rafael Medoff, director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Washington, DC, last year uncovered documents showing that Agudath Israel representative Meir Schenkolewski presented bombing requests directly to Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Secretary of War Henry Stimson in meetings with them in June 1944. The documents were published in Medoff’s recent book, “FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith.”

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  • John McCloy is famous for a letter he wrote on November 18, 1944, when he was Assistant Secretary of War, explaining to John Pehle, then the director of the War Refugee Board ,that the War Department would not authorize Pehle’s request to have the Army Air Force bomb the Nazi concentration camp at Auswitsch.The Letter has been on display in the National Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. Jerome Corsi: Hunting Hitler

  • Shalom-Hillel

    It’s something we’ve all known. Of course, Roosevelt knew Auschwitz was an ongoing factory of genocide. For political reasons, not wanting Jewish refugees in the US, and Britain not wanting them in Palestine, they chose to do nothing and became therefore complicit in the Nazi program of eradication of the Jewish people, when with little effort they could have greatly lessened the tragedy. The Roosevelt administration let the death trains continue delivering their precious human cargo to the killers year after year. They knew exactly what they were doing.

    We don’t like to bring it up here in the U.S. because it happened and nothing can change it, and governments, like people, don’t appreciate being reminded of their sins.

  • Tone Lechtzier

    Shalom,
    Jewish immigration to the US was also denied during the Roosevelt administration. Yet… the US is considering amnesty to 11,000,000 Illegal Mexicans,
    that are not being murdered. The US is also supporting them financially, while millions of US citizens are out of work.
    B”H

    • EG

      Shalom, Tone.

      Unfortunately, the United States these days thrives on ignorance, fear and hypocrisy. Immigration is a very complicated issue, but you do make a very good point.

      And the Mexican government is very corrupt and does nothing to bring its people out of poverty except encourage them to emigrate to America, and if we don’t accept them we’re considered racist.

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