The Holocaust: The History Of The Holocaust

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The history of The Holocaust raises challenging questions about our responsibilities as a nation to offer refuge and rescue to persecuted people from beyond our borders. America, land of the refuge, offered little assistance to victims under Hitler’s control. American Christians forgot about the Good Samaritan. Even American Jews lacked the sense of urgency the crisis demanded. The Nazis were murderers, but we were all too passive accomplices. Despite a history of providing a shelter to imprisoned people, America struggled with many issues during the 1930s that made living up to this legacy difficult. In order to understand why the United States didn’t play a bigger role in savings Jewish lives in Europe during World War II, it is necessary to know what the Holocaust was. On September 1, 1939, Nazi …show more content…
Our U.S. government did not release news of the murder of Jews in death camps until four months after it had received the official reports. When the information was released, press coverage of them was limited mainly to the Jewish press, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Only a short time after the “Final Solution” was implemented, reports about the mass murder of the Jews began to get around. This information was leaked in the fall of 1942, but the U.S. did not condemn these killings until December of 1942 (What Did America Know). The American press reported very little about the mass murders, but when they would it was buried in the inner pages of newspapers. Jewish newspapers and the New York Times reported on the killings fairly extensively. Radio coverage was limited as well. Most reports on air avoided mentioning “Jews” specifically as the primary victims of the genocide. For these reasons, it is difficult to know how any Americans were truly aware of the Holocaust and what the Nazis were up to. It is even more difficult to discern to what extent

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