writeup_america and the holocaust

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Writeup on America and the Holocaust This documentary shows the (generally slow and reluctant) response of the U.S. government to the Holocaust victims. President Roosevelt himself was not very interested in Jews’ fate, and many government officials shared similar attitudes. Assistant Secretary of State Breckenridge Long, for example, obstructed the immigration of refugees, and his report on the number of Jewish refugees coming into the States was false. This same attitude reveals itself in the war against the Nazis. Bombing the railroads deporting Jews was probably not the best option since the railroads could be rebuilt overnight, but bombing extermination camps could effectively impede the slaughters of Jews; however, proposals to bomb Auschwitz death camps were
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Unformatted text preview: rejected. Bombing actually took place less than five miles away from the camp, and in fact, some bombs accidentally hit parts of the camp. The destruction of death camps was never the intention. Roosevelt had long known about the massive murders of Jews, but he did not establish the war refugee board until January, 1944. Signing the executive order 9417 was a political decision as he was under pressure to take action, but even after the WRB was established, little was given to the commission. With limited support, WRB still managed to succeed in saving many Jews, but had Roosevelt established the WRB earlier and given it more power and resources, the commission could have saved more lives....
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