“Franklin Roosevelt was a great man and he was my political hero,” he said. “But I think he made two great mistakes in World War Two.” One was the internment of Japanese-Americans; the other was the decision “not to go after Auschwitz…. God forgive us for that tragic miscalculation.”

George McGovern and Sigmund Rolat come from different worlds, but they were both eyewitnesses – one in the skies above, one on the ground below – to the tragic reality of American planes coming within striking distance of Auschwitz, yet never receiving the orders to attack it.

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