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Accomplices

Churchill, Roosevelt and the Holocaust

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This volume asserts that there was tacit cooperation in the Nazi extermination of the Jewish population of Europe by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Second World War. Although the Allies publicly recognized the Nazi massacre of the Jews in the London Declaration of December 17, 1942, the policies they pursued allowed the genocide to continue. They did so, the author claims, in three ways: (1) refusal to publicly and personally speak about and against the Nazi extermination of the Jews; (2) refusal to commit even one soldier, one plane, or one warship to any forcible opposition to the «Final Solution» throughout the Second World War; and (3) obstruction of Jewish escape from Hitler’s Europe. This book explores the motivation for the policies Churchill and Roosevelt pursued.

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4. A Policy of Physical Non-Interference 101

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Chapter 4: A Policy of Physical Non-Interference The Holocaust was the sum of many events. It extended over most of the European continent, a square area more than half the size of the United States, and it occurred over a period of several years. It began with mass starvation in the ghettos of Poland in the winter of 1940-1941 and it ended on May 8, 1945. The very magnitude of the Holocaust had some contradictory implica- tions. On the one hand, any action taken in any particular place at some point in time was not likely to stop all of it everywhere. On the other hand, the greater the area involved and time of commission, the greater the opportunity for some agent or agents to interfere with the process in progress. In one sense, therefore, the extent and duration of the crime provided an ample op- portunity to interested parties for “playing interference.” But Allied policy toward Hitler’s monumental crime was literally, “hands off” the murder op- eration. Actions which would have disrupted the extermination process in se- lected locations and at selected times involved all of the following (with no prejudice, of course, to possible other options): 1. Attacks on facilities where Jews were being assembled, transported, and executed. These included obviously railroad tracks, platforms, and transfer camps, as well as destruction camp facilities with their buildings, storage areas, roadways, and any “useful” equipment. 2. Attacks on Nazi personnel and auxiliaries involved in the extermina- tion project. This could...

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