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Auschwitz and the Allies: A Devastating Account of How the Allies Responded to the News of Hitler's Mass Murder

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When Hitler announced that the result of the war in Europe would be "the complete annihilation of the Jews," he did so in 1942, not only in public, but before an enormous crowd in Berlin. The Allies heard, but astonishingly, they did not listen. Why?

In 1944, Allied reconnaissance pilots, searching out industrial targets in the area, repeatedly photographed Auschwitz. The p
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 15th 1990 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1981)
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Adam
Jun 23, 2012 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is remarkable that given how many people were involved with the ruthless extermination of the Jews and many others in Nazi occupied Europe so very few people knew about it outside that vast area.

This was the conclusion I came to after reading Martin Gilbert's superbly researched book.

And, when the news of these atrocities began to trickle slowly into the Allies headquarters in 1944, it is equally surprising that so little was attempted to bring them to an end. Although, to be fair, defeating
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Ian
Jul 13, 2016 Ian rated it liked it
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This book is really closer to four rather than three stars, but I kept my rating a bit low as it was such a difficult read. The author used a style similar to a PhD dissertation, quoting numerous sources, throwing out names and numbers in a way that made the book a tough slog. And the subject matter itself...well, that's depressing enough as it is. However, Gilbert's thoroughness makes this a terrific resource for scholars interested in the subject of the slow, lacklustre reaction of the allies ...more
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Why did the allies take so long to react is the question this book makes me ask. A touch too dense a read for me at times but as the 3 stars say I liked it. One to dip back into when a question arises.
Fabián
Dec 23, 2015 Fabián rated it really liked it
"...there was also continuing reluctance to adopt an open door policy on behalf of those few Jewish refugees who did manage to escape [...] Many of the policymakers who opposed the appeals on behalf of refugees were particularly 'afraid' as they expressed it, of the 'danger' of 'flooding' Palestine, and indeed Britain, with Jews. They argued that even the arrival of a few thousand Jewish refugees in Britain itself would provoke an outburst of anti-semitism."

"The test of the Allied response came
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Adam DeVille, Ph.D.
Apr 02, 2013 Adam DeVille, Ph.D. rated it really liked it
Gilbert's usual fine historical research and writing much in evidence here in a book that is deeply depressing in what it says about human evil.
Recato Cristiano
Shocking to think that those people in Auschwitz could have been helped. But heck knows why it took the allies such along time.

This is a warcrime to which the allies participated.
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The official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century, Sir Martin Gilbert was a scholar and an historian who, though his 88 books, has shown their is such a thing as “true history”

Born in London in 1936, Martin Gilbert was educated at Highgate School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours. He was a Research Scholar at St Anthony's
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