Essay On Auschwitz Bombing

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Primary source number four complements a secondary source number one in the way that both make points regarding the way the American State Department and handled the genocide of the Jews.
During the spring of 1944, the Allies receive more explicit information about the mass killings carried out by gas in Auschwitz-Birkenau. On some days as many as 10,000 people were killed in the gas chambers. In desperation, the Jewish organizations made various proposals to stop the process of destruction and save the remaining Jews in Europe. A few Jewish leaders called the bombing the gas chambers of Auschwitz; others oppose it. As some Allied officials, both sides fear of death or German propaganda that may exploit any bombing camp inmate. No one is sure results.
Even after the Anglo-American air forces to develop the capacity to hit targets in Silesia (where the Auschwitz complex is located) in July 1944, the US government decided not to bomb Auschwitz. US officials explain this decision in part by the technical argument that the plane they do not have the capacity to carry out air strikes against targets with sufficient accuracy, and partly with the argument strategically committed to the bombing target exclusively military to win the war as quickly as possible.
Allied bombing of Auschwitz-Birkenau in mid
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This request was rejected. On August 14, John J. McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War, suggested that "such an operation could be executed only by the diversion of considerable air support now engaged in decisive operations elsewhere and would, in any case, be successful in doubt as that it would not warrant the use of our resources. "But within a week, the Air Force of the US Army is doing heavy bombardment of IG Farben synthetic oil and rubber (Buna) works near Auschwitz III-less than five miles from the killing center of

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