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‘I Saw The American Planes Flying Near Auschwitz’



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“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.

Dr. Rafael Medoff

About the Author: Dr. Rafael Medoff is the founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and coeditor of the Online Encyclopedia of America's Response to the Holocaust.


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  1. Tarek Saba says:

    Always victim’s.

  2. This is not new information. And there were many raids into Germany and elsewhere, and none targeted the tracks to the camps, etc. Tarek, now you are the victims and we’ll show them the same sympathy as the Christians showed us.

  3. This is not new information. And there were many raids into Germany and elsewhere, and none targeted the tracks to the camps, etc. Tarek, now you are the victims and we’ll show them the same sympathy as the Christians showed us.


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