Azara Blog: Why didn't the Allies bomb Auschwitz?

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Date published: 2005/01/23

The BBC says:

Should the Allies have heeded calls to bomb Auschwitz when they learnt the full horror of the Nazi Holocaust?

It is one of the enduring controversies of World War II.

By the summer of 1944, detailed information about the true nature of the death camps had reached the West, but it was not until months later that Auschwitz was finally liberated by the advancing Red Army.

During that time, thousands more had perished in the gas chambers.

Whether a precision strike was militarily possible or would have been effective in halting the killings is still hotly contested.

But many - including survivors of the camp - say the Allies should have acted whatever the mission's chances of success.

The debate also leads to wider questions of why more was not done around the world to save the Jews from Nazi persecution.

A completely pointless article. The Allies did not fight the Nazis to save the Jews, they fought the Nazis to save themselves. The Allies were hardly going to divert time and resources to something which they did not consider to be a military priority. Would the clever pundits in the BBC have done differently?

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