Rethinking the Dilemma of Bombing Auschwitz: Support, Opposition, and Reservation
Hosted By: Jewish Studies at Fordham University
Since Auschwitz-Birkenau was located within the range of the Allies’ bomber aircraft, demands were being made to bomb the site. But Auschwitz was never destroyed by the allies. The failure to bomb Auschwitz-Birkenau became a symbol of the powerlessness of the free world and of the Jewish leadership to rescue the Jews of Europe.
Based on archival documents related to the work of American Jewish activists involved in the issue of the bombing of the camp, above all Leon Kubowitzki, who headed the World Jewish Congress’s Rescue Department, Zohar Segev will offer a new understanding of the issue. The archival documents reveal that Jewish and Zionist leadership requested the US administration not to bomb Auschwitz and sought to examine other forms of military action that could be employed against the camp. The findings show us the importance of re-examination and reformulation our knowledge and understanding regarding the Holocaust in light of new sources.
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