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TThe Holocaust Misconception



The Holocaust MisconceptionThe Holocaust is likely one of the most misunderstood
historical events of modern times. There are those that underestimate the extent of world
knowledge about the German atrocities. There are also those who are ignorant of the way in
which the Jews reacted to their situation. There is an incredible extent of incorrect
information about the Holocaust which people have been taught or made to beleive. It is
imperative that modern society fully appreciate the terrors of the Holocaust in order to
prevent it’s reoccurrence. First and foremost, we must address the misconception
concerning the world’s knowledge of what was happening. It is often assumed and taught
that the Holocaust portion of World War II was such a well kept secret that no one knew of
it until after the fact, however, this is untrue. There were various ways that the world
was notified of these horrors. Various nations and various Jewish communities gained
knowledge of the barbarity and did nothing. The people in power at that time were
notified many times of what was going on. On September 29 and 30, 1941 there was a mass
killing at Babi Yar, a Russian city near Kiev. Reporters in Kiev were sending the story to
their publishers within three days, it was never printed. A Swiss-German industrialist,
after having been invited to watch a mass killing, sent photographs to Winston Churchill
and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, they were ignored. In February 1942, the Vatican and the
Red Cross received confirmed reports of the Holocaust. After discussing whether to
intervene, they concluded that they had to remain silent, so as not to compromise their
neutrality. In July of 1942, news reports of the killings were aired in London, however,
nothing came of it because the reports were in French. Head of the CIA, Allen Dulles
received an account of the camps from two inmates in 1944. Despite being quote-unquote
“profoundly shocked” he remained silent for two years. The worst show of the world’s
indifference was in the case of the ship named the St. Louis. From May to June of 1939,
the St. Louis carrying 930 Jewish refugees, 734 of which had permission to enter America
and all of which had Cuban landing certificates went from country to country requesting
asylum. All but 22 who were accepted into Cuba, were refused entry into America, Paraguay,
Chile, Columbia, Argentina, and Cuba. Finally on June 12, Britain, Holland, Belgium, and
France accepted the refugees. The majority of those that were taken onto continental
Europe perished within twelve months, the 287 that went to Britain survived the war. In
addition to the nation’s ignoring the crisis of the Holocaust, the Jews outside of Europe
were relatively inactive. There was very little done by the Jewish communities to help
their brethren, and their feeble attempts were not supported by the nations in which they
lived. Steven Wise, the head rabbi of New York in this time period, received the minutes
of the Wannsee Conference. The Wannsee Conference was the 1942 Reich congress were the
Final Solution, the plan to kill all the Jews, was completed. Wise took the minutes, which
included the “Blueprints for the Extermination” to President Roosevelt. They did not do
anything, thereby allowing more Jews to die. World Jewry negotiated with the Nazis to buy
the lives of 100,000 Jewish children and bring them into British controlled Palestine.
Great Britain refused to allow them into Palestine. In fact, a British official is quoted
as saying, “What are we going to do with 100,000 Jewish children?” Those children, whom
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