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The Bombing of Auschwitz: Should the Allies Have Attempted It?

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ISBN13:

9780700612802

ISBN10:
0700612807
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/1/2003
Publisher(s):
Univ Pr of Kansas

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Summary

Did we "know" the gas chambers were there? Could we have destroyed them? Why didn't we bomb? For decades, debate has raged over whether the Allies should have bombed the gas chambers at Auschwitz and the rail-roads leading to the camp thereby saving thousands of lives and disrupting Nazi efforts to exterminate European Jews. Was it truly feasible to do so? Did failure to do so simply reflect a callous indifference to the plight of the Jews or was it a realistic assessment of a plan that could not succeed? In this volume, a number of eminent historians address and debate those very questions. Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this is the first paperback edition of a book that has been widely hailed by critics and cited by "Kirkus Reviews as "the definitive resource for understanding this deeply troubling episode in the twentieth century's greatest horror." Prominent scholars such as Sir Martin Gilbert, Walter Laqueur, Michael Berenbaum, Gerhard Weinberg, and Williamson Murray offer a diverse array of mutually supporting a

Table of Contents

PREFACE TO THE PAPERBACK EDITION ix
PREFACE x
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xvi
INTRODUCTION TO THE CONTROVERSY
by Michael J. Neufeld
1(10)
I. ALLIED KNOWLEDGE and CAPABILITIES 11(48)
1. THE ALLIES AND THE HOLOCAUST
by Gerhard L. Weinberg
15(12)
2. AUSCHWITZ PARTIALLY DECODED
by Richard Breitman
27(8)
3. ALLIED AIR POWER: OBJECTIVES AND CAPABILITIES
by Tami Davis Biddle
35(17)
4. THE AERIAL PHOTOS OF THE AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU EXTERMINATION COMPLEX
by Dino A. Brugioni
52(7)
II. BOMBING AUSCHWITZ: FOR and AGAINST 59(122)
5. THE CONTEMPORARY CASE FOR THE FEASIBILITY OF BOMBING AUSCHWITZ
by Martin Gilbert
65(11)
6. THE ALLIES AND AUSCHWITZ: A PARTICIPANT'S VIEW
by Gerhart M. Riegner
76(4)
7. THE BOMBING OF AUSCHWITZ RE-EXAMINED
by James H. Kitchens III
80(21)
8. THE BOMBING OF AUSCHWITZ REVISITED: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS
by Richard H. Levy
101(26)
9. COULD THE ALLIES HAVE BOMBED AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU?
by Stuart G. Erdheim
127(30)
10. BOMBING AUSCHWITZ: U.S. FIFTEENTH AIR FORCE AND THE MILITARY ASPECTS OF A POSSIBLE ATTACK
by Rondall R. Rice
157(24)
III. NEW PERSPECTIVES on the CONTROVERSY 181(56)
11. AUSCHWITZ
by Walter Laqueur
186(7)
12. BOMBING AUSCHWITZ AND THE POLITICS OF THE JEWISH QUESTION DURING WORLD WAR II
by Henry L. Feingold
193(11)
13. MONDAY-MORNING QUARTERBACKING AND THE BOMBING OF AUSCHWITZ
by Williamson Murray
204(10)
14. THE BOMBING OF AUSCHWITZ: COMMENTS ON A HISTORICAL SPECULATION
by Richard G. Davis
214(13)
15. THE FAILURE TO RESCUE AND CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE HOLOCAUST: JUDGING FROM A DISTANCE
by Deborah E. Lipstadt
227(10)
IV. DOCUMENTS 237(44)
1. PRELIMINARIES
1.1 I.G. Farben Auschwitz Aiming Point Report, 21 January 1944
240(2)
1.2 Vrba-Wetzler and Rosin-Mordowicz Reports, April and June 1944 (excerpts)
242(7)
2. THE FIRST APPEALS TO THE AMERICANS
2.1 Memorandum, Roswell McClelland to Col. Alfred de Jonge, 25 May 1944
249(1)
2.2 "Report on a Discussion between Y. Gruenbaum and Mr. Pinkerton ... June 2, 1944."
250(2)
2.3 Meeting of the Executive of the Jewish Agency, Jerusalem, 11 June 1944 (excerpt)
252(2)
2.4 Jacob Rosenheim to Henry Morgenthau, 18 June 1944
254(1)
2.5 Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Handy, Memorandum for the Record, 23 June 1944
254(2)
2.6 John W. Pehle, War Refugee Board, Memorandum of 24 June 1944
256(1)
2.7 Leland Harrison to Cordell Hull, Secretary of State, 24 June 1944
256(1)
2.8 Memorandum, J.W. Pehle to John McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War, 29 June 1944
257(1)
2.9 War Refugee Board Memorandum, Benjamin Akzin to L.S. Lesser, 29 June 1944
258(1)
2.10 A. Leon Kubowitzki, World Jewish Congress, to J.W. Pehle, 1 July 1944
259(1)
2.11 Memorandum, Col. Harrison A. Gerhardt, to John J. McCloy, 3 July 1944
260(1)
2.12 J.J. McCloy, War Department, to J.W. Pehle, War Refugee Board, 4 July 1944
260(1)
3. THE APPEAL TO THE BRITISH
3.1 British Intercept of Cable from Richard Lichtheim to Jewish Agency, 26 June 1944
261(1)
3.2 Yisrael Gruenbaum, Jerusalem, to Chaim Barlas, Istanbul, 30 June 1944
262(1)
3.3 Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden to Winston Churchill, 3 July 1944
262(1)
3.4 Aide-Memoire by Chaim Weizmann and Moshe Shertok, 6 July 1944
263(1)
3.5 Telegram, Moshe Shertok to David Ben-Gurion and Nahum Goldmannr, 6 July 1944
264(2)
3.6 Memorandum, Anthony Eden to Winston Churchill, 6 July 1944
266(1)
3.7 Winston Churchill to Anthony Eden, 7 July 1944
266(1)
3.8 Anthony Eden to Sir Archibald Sinclair, Secretary of State for Air, 7 July 1944
267(1)
3.9 Sir Archibald Sinclair to Anthony Eden, 15 July 1944
267(2)
3.10 Sinclair's Assistant Private Secretary to Vice-Chief of Air Staff, 26 July 1944
269(1)
3.11 Deputy Chief of Air Staff Bottomley to Acting Chief of Air Staff, 2 August 1944
269(1)
3.12 G.W.P. Grant, Air Ministry, to V.F.W. Cavendish-Bentinck, Foreign Office, 13 August 1944
269(1)
3.13 Richard Law, Foreign Office, to Sir Archibald Sinclair, 1 September 1944
270(1)
3.14 Deputy Chief of Air Staff Bottomley to Lt. Gen. Carl Spaatz, 6 September 1944
270(1)
4. THE LATER APPEALS TO THE AMERICANS
4.1 J.J. Smertenko to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 24 July 1944
271(2)
4.2 A. Leon Kubowitzki, World Jewish Congress, to John J. McCloy, 9 August 1944
273(1)
4.3 John J. McCloy to A. Leon Kubowitzki, 14 August 1944
274(1)
4.4 I.L. Kenen, "Report of Meeting with John W. Pehle ...," 16 August 1944 (excerpt)
274(1)
4.5 War Refugee Board Memorandum, B. Akzin to J.W. Pehle, 2 September 1944
275(2)
4.6 John W. Pehle to John J. McCloy, 3 October 1944
277(1)
4.7 Memorandum, Col. Harrison A. Gerhardt, to John J. McCloy, 5 October 1944
277(1)
4.8 John W. Pehle to John J. McCloy, 8 November 1944
278(1)
4.9 Memorandum by H.H.F., War Department General Staff, 14 November 1944
279(1)
4.10 John J. McCloy to John W. Pehle, 18 November 1944
279(2)
NOTES 281(46)
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 327(4)
ABOUT THE EDITORS 331(2)
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS 333(4)
COPYRIGHT ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 337(2)
INDEX 339


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