The Throcation Of The Holocaust During World War II

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During World War II, the German Government was seized by fascist Adolf Hitler, who was responsible for the genocide of countless Jewish citizens. This horrific event is commonly referred to as the Holocaust. While the U.S. took in a limited number of refugees, ultimately, the military took their time to grant freedom to Europe and end Hitler’s reign. The actions that were taken by the United States during this period left citizens divided. There were supporters who believed that a stronger, timelier intervention would have prevented the atrocities that took place. This could have been achieved by not impeding efforts to aid Jewish refugees and having the military target the concentration camps and their rail networks. Others argued that the …show more content…
intervention who believed that America had not done enough to prevent from reaching a catastrophic level. Furthermore, due to influence the country held, there was a moral obligation to use every resource available to provide a safe haven. Violence and persecution toward the Jews had begun in Germany before the Holocaust had begun particularly with the pogroms that began after the annexation of Austria (13). The U.S. could have easily filled the existing immigration quotas without changing any of the laws (13). However, the government was far more occupied with the reelection of Roosevelt, and allowed the anti-Semitism expressed to skew their decision making. Moreover, once the war had been underway, the U.S. government continued to underestimate the severity of the Holocaust after the State Department confirmed millions of lives were already taken. Efforts to offer refuge to Jewish citizens were impeded with the Wagner-Rogers bill being the first. Additionally, pro-intervention supporters were critical of the U.S. military’s strategy once the decision to finally occupy the Nazi territory had been made. The military had “neglected to target the physical apparatus of the Holocaust, such as the rail lines leading to the camps or the camps themselves (1).” By taking a firm stance on the issue at hand in Germany, it would have sent a symbolic message to the world that the genocide taking place was unacceptable. However, the U.S. wasted good opportunities to show leadership, and offer a safe haven towards the Jewish people, which is the largest issue pro-intervention supporters have at

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