The Daily Bork

January 28, 2005

Can't help but poke the allies

Moving ceremony at Auschwitz
Rörande ceremoni i Auschwitz (Göteborgs Posten)

In general the attitude in Sweden is one of not trying to dismiss the holocaust. But statements like the following still get through into articles.

- I slutet av 1942 var både USA:s och Storbritanniens regeringar väl informerade om vad som pågick i Auschwitz-Birkenau. - Man fann inga effektiva medel för att stoppa mördandet. Sanningen att säga så sökte man inte efter dem, sade Bartoszewski.

At the end of 1942 the governments of both the USA and Great Britain were well informed about what was occuring in Auschwitz-Birkenau. They found no effective method to stop the murder. Truth be told they didn't seek any methods, said Bartoszewski.

Bartoszewski is a Polish survivor of Auschwitz. However, what methods were available to stop the murder in 1942? At the end of the year the tide had only just begun to turn against the Axis in Europe, with the battles of El Alamein, Stalingrad and the US involvement just beginning. The crushing of German armour at Kursk wasn't until 1943, nor the surrender at Stalingrad, and US bombing campaigns against the German mainland didn't start until the start of that year. D-Day had to wait until 1944. It has been argued that the camps should have been bombed, but in a total war where victory is at that point only a hopeful chance where should the resources be directed? There can be no right choice. After the invasion of Poland, who set the course of the next 6 years by declaring a war that was not in their own interests but ultimately liberated the death camps? Why the governments of the UK and commonwealth of course.

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