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Auschwitz & the Allies by Martin  Gilbert
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really liked it
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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 the Nazis was certainly one way of achieving this aim.

Auschwitz was the target of one or two Allied air-raids in late 1944, but these attacks had no significant effects on diminishing the rates at which the Jews were being killed, and might have been as unproductive as they had been when Buchenwald was bombed in August 1944 and almost 1000 prisoners were killed or wounded.

Those who find Gilbert's book of interest should also consider reading the accounts of those who tried to inform the Allies about the Nazi's genocidal activities such as
Jan Karski and Witold Pilecki (his book,THE AUSCHWITZ VOLUNTEER: BEYOND BRAVERY, was published this year).
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Will Byrnes Clearly these days are with us still, and with increasing economic deterioration, are at risk of being revived.


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