The Holocaust: The Proof Of Mass Executions

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About 6 million Jews, 10 million Soviets, 1.8 million non- Jewish Polish citizens, and about 3 million more deaths of other groups died during the Holocaust, as stated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Over 20 million deaths, all for one war. What factors contributed to this reign of terror and what was or wasn’t done to stop this from happening? How could the United States limit the amount of lives lost? It’s simple. The United States could have further lessened the loss of life during the Holocaust if they had looked at the proof of mass executions, accepted Jewish immigrants, and intervened earlier.
Proof of Mass Executions The execution of Jews was first brought to light in a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State on August
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These two eyewitness accounts were from two young Slovakian Jews in April of 1944 and by a non-Jewish Polish major, both of which escaped from Auschwitz. This was reported to “a representative close to the scene”. Due to these events, the War Refugee Board stated that they were “engaged in a desperate effort to save as many as possible of Hitler’s intended victims”. Despite this claim, they never stated what they were doing, but showed that they wanted to do something about it before more died at Hitler’s hand. Yet, some people, as you will see, had other ideas (War Refugee Board…show more content…
The proof of mass executions can be seen in documents three, four, and seven. They discussed the eyewitness accounts of Auschwitz, the German insider’s point of view, and an image showing the reality that these victims had to face. The lack of Jewish immigrant acceptance can be seen in documents one and two. They dove into the issue of Jewish immigration and how Breckinridge Long played a major part in the non acceptance of these Jews. Lastly, the lack of U.S. intervention can be seen in documents five and six. These documents discuss John McCloy’s unreasonable reasons for not interfering and ways that McCloy and the U.S. government could have interfered earlier. These documents prove that despite all of the reasons that the U.S. government came up with, the Holocaust should have and could have been smaller and shorter than it was. If the U.S. had interfered earlier, more lives could have been saved and the effect on these prisoners could have been less
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