Why didn’t the Allies bomb Auschwitz?

25 Jan

It's a thought provoking question and the BBC has an interesting blurb about the search for an answer:

Should the Allies have heeded calls to bomb Auschwitz when they learnt the full horror of the Nazi Holocaust?

It is one of the enduring controversies of World War II.

By the summer of 1944, detailed information about the true nature of the death camps had reached the West, but it was not until months later that Auschwitz was finally liberated by the advancing Red Army.

During that time, thousands more had perished in the gas chambers.

Whether a precision strike was militarily possible or would have been effective in halting the killings is still hotly contested.

But many – including survivors of the camp – say the Allies should have acted whatever the mission's chances of success.

The debate also leads to wider questions of why more was not done around the world to save the Jews from Nazi persecution.

Link: BBC NEWS | Europe | Why didn't the Allies bomb Auschwitz?

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