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Lamentation For The Failure To Bomb Auschwitz


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“How is it,” he writes (using the Hebrew phrase Eicha, which is also the title of the biblical text read on Tisha B’Av), “that while the world’s transport lines were destroyed by the fury of the war, [the Allies] did nothing about the lines transporting the Jews to the [Auschwitz slaughter house]? They [the Allies] claimed it was because of a lack of airplanes. But the answer was that the Allies were not concerned about the fate of the Jews.”

A difficult and thought-provoking outcry, bitterly appropriate for Tisha B’Av and any other time we pause to consider the depths to which human beings can sink – not only the murderers, but the bystanders as well.

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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