Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Knowledge Is Never Enough; Action Is Required

The Holocaust

Auschwitz Death Wall: During 70th anniversary remembrances yesterday marking the death
camp’s liberation, a Holocaust survivor touches the wall, the spot,
in the former concentration
where the Nazis killed many.
Photo Credit: Odd Andersen; AFP
Source: The Telegraph

An article, by David Blair, in The Telegraph, commemorating the 70th anniversary on the liberation of Auschwitz, says what many today already know; that the Allied Forces fighting Nazism knew about the gas chambers and death camps, as early as August 1941, but decided to do nothing overtly about it. Would it have been too costly or immoral to bomb the railway lines leading to Auschwitz and the other death and concentration camps?

In “Holocaust Memorial Day: Telegraph revealed Nazi gas chambers three years before liberation of Auschwitz; January 27, 2015), Blair writes:
It was under the headline “Germans murder 700,000 Jews in Poland”, that this newspaper reported the “greatest massacre in the world’s history” on June 25, 1942.

In the pages of The Daily Telegraph, Zygielbojm succeeded in revealing the mass murder of Jews. But he was dismayed by the lack of public reaction.

As early as August 1941, Winston Churchill had denounced the atrocities against the Jews as a “crime without a name”. Yet Zygielbojm detected no wave of revulsion sufficient for the Allies to take special steps to obstruct the Holocaust.

The Telegraph chose to report the “greatest massacre in the world’s history” on page five of a six-page newspaper.

Zygielbojm’s informants were taking immense risks and their reports were meticulously accurate, yet he often encountered indifference, disbelief or even suspicion.When The Telegraph’s story appeared, Zygielbojm’s wife, Manya, and their son, Tuvia, were still living in occupied Poland as prisoners in the Warsaw Ghetto. Both died during the razing of the Ghetto in 1943.

Crushed by this tragedy - and by the weight of indifference towards the fate of the Jews - Zygielbojm took his own life on May 11, 1943.

“The responsibility for the crime of the murder of the whole Jewish nationality in Poland rests first of all on those who are carrying it out,” he wrote. “But indirectly it falls also upon the whole of humanity, on the peoples of the Allied nations and on their governments, who up to this day have not taken any real steps to halt this crime. By looking on passively upon this murder of defenceless millions tortured children, women and men they have become partners to the responsibility.”
The story was buried in the back pages, on “page five of a six-page newspaper” This speaks volumes, does it not?

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