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1 Laughing Gas  Mon, Sep 5, 2011 4:41:06pm

Wouldn't that have led to the deaths of the camp inmates?

2 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Sep 5, 2011 7:17:05pm

re: #1 Juice

Wouldn't that have led to the deaths of the camp inmates?

Yes, it would have, given the inaccuracies of high altitude aerial bombing of the time. The USAAF heavy bombers deployed to the ETO (the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator) would have had to fly the strike at high altitude owing to the long range and the resulting bombing would not have been very accurate.

3 Charles Johnson  Mon, Sep 5, 2011 7:28:28pm

Thousands upon thousands of people were dying every day in Auschwitz.

Yes, bombing the camp would have killed some inmates, but it also would have disrupted the supply chains and the churning Nazi death machine. It's very likely that bombing camps like Auschwitz would have saved many, many lives.

4 What, me worry?  Mon, Sep 5, 2011 7:59:00pm

Well, it's not actually news. It was a pretty big topic at the time. My parents told me about it. There were reasons the allies gave for not doing it. One, that it wouldn't matter (which isn't so). Another, they didn't know the extent of the issue or the placement of the camps, which kind of contradicts #1. They would end up killing prisoners (maybe, maybe not, but still would have been worth a try).

[Link: www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org...]

Senator McGovern also advocated for bombing Auschwitz.

Former U.S. Senator George McGovern piloted a B-24 Liberator in December 1944, and his squadron bombed Nazi oil facilities less than five miles from Auschwitz. In 2005, he said “There is no question we should have attempted...to go after Auschwitz. There was a pretty good chance we could have blasted those rail lines off the face of the Earth, which would have interrupted the flow of people to thos death chambers, and we had a pretty good chance of knocking out those gas ovens.” ...

5 sagehen  Mon, Sep 5, 2011 9:53:13pm

The reason Roosevelt stated for his refusal to do it was "oh, those Jews are always exaggerating things. It can't possibly be what they say." (after a delegation of American Jews had come to him with maps, photos, handwritten eyewitness testimony, etc.) (he also didn't mention that OSS and British intelligence were already well aware of what was going on there, they had their own independent sources).

The real reason Roosevelt refused to do it was that every rail-line and soldier involved with the transports and exterminations was that much less applied to fighting American forces on the western front.

Plus, y'know, Roosevelt wasn't exactly a friend of the Jews. Denying refugee ships entrance at American ports, sending whole boatloads back where they came from.

6 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Tue, Sep 6, 2011 5:22:48am

An earlier debate with DF on the topic:

[Link: littlegreenfootballs.com...]

7 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Sep 6, 2011 7:07:50am

re: #6 Sergey Romanov

An earlier debate with DF on the topic:

[Link: littlegreenfootballs.com...]

The key conclusion from that debate: Perhaps the biggest reason Auschwitz was not bombed was that doing so was seen as taking effort away from hitting military targets. The Allies believed that the best way to end the killing was to win the war, and they did not see bombing Auschwitz as getting them to that goal.

8 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Tue, Sep 6, 2011 7:13:38am

A relevant article:

[Link: books.google.com...]


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