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April 6, 2013

Why Franklin D. Roosevelt did nothing to save the Jews during the Holocaust…

A new book, entitled FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith, which tells about how President Roosevelt did nothing to save thousands of Jews from the gas chambers during World War II, has just been published; you can read about the book here.

Roosevelt is flanked by Churchill on the left and Stalin on the right

Roosevelt is flanked by Churchill on the left and Stalin on the right

This quote is from the website, cited above:

Historian Rafael Medoff says Franklin Delano Roosevelt failed to take relatively simple measures that would have saved significant numbers of Jews during the Holocaust, because his vision for America only encompassed having a small number of Jews.

“In his private, unguarded moments, FDR repeatedly made unfriendly remarks about Jews, especially his belief that Jews were overrepresented in many professions and exercised too much influence and control on society,” Medoff told The Daily Caller in an email about his new book, “FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith.”

“This prejudice helped shape his overall vision of what America should look like — and it was a vision with room for only a small number of Jews who, he said, should be ‘spread out thin.’ This helps explain why his administration went out of its way discourage and disqualify would-be immigrants, instead of just quietly allowing the immigration quotas to be filled to their legal limit.”

Medoff, who currently serves as director of The David Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, says that there were actions Roosevelt could have easily taken that would have saved well over 100,000 Jews from Hitler’s extermination camps.

“He could have quietly permitted the immigration quotas to be filled to their legal limit — that alone would have saved 190,000 lives,” Medoff said.

“He could have pressed the British to open Palestine’s doors to Jewish refugees. He could have authorized the use of empty troop-supply ships to bring refugees to stay in the U.S. temporarily, until the end of the war. He could have permitted refugees to stay as tourists in a U.S. territory, such as the Virgin Islands, until it was safe for them to return to Europe. He could have authorized the bombing of Auschwitz or the railway lines leading to it, which would have interrupted the mass-murder process.”

Asked to respond to the argument that it was better for Roosevelt to focus on winning the war than divert resources to bomb Auschwitz, Medoff said “[b]ombing Auschwitz would not have required any diversion of resources, because U.S. planes were already bombing targets that were less than five miles from the gas chambers, during the summer and autumn of 1944.”

It is true that U.S. planes were bombing the Monowitz (Auschwitz III) camp where the Nazis had factories; the photo below shows a bomb shelter at Monowitz.  The bomb shelter was for the SS men at Monowitz, not for the Jewish workers.

Bomb shelter for the SS men at the Auschwitz III camp, aka Monowitz

Bomb shelter for the SS men at the Auschwitz III camp, aka Monowitz

If U.S. planes could bomb the factories at the Auschwitz III camp, why wouldn’t President Roosevelt authorize the bombing of the gas chambers?

According to the testimony of Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen at the Nuremberg IMT, there were gas chambers at Monowitz.  Dr. Morgen’s testimony is included in IMT vol. XX, p. 550 – 551.

This quote is from the testimony of Dr. Morgen at the Nuremberg IMT on August 8, 1946:

Then the trucks left. They did not go to the Auschwitz concentration camp, but in another direction, to the Monowitz extermination camp, which was some kilometers distant. This extermination camp consisted of a series of crematoria not recognizable as such from the outside. They could be mistaken for large bath installations. Even the detainees knew it. These crematoria were surrounded by barbed wire and were tended on the inside by the Jewish working groups already mentioned.  […]

The Monowitz extermination camp was set apart from the concentration camp. It was situated in a vast industrial zone and was not recognizable as such. Chimneys smoked all across the horizon. The camp itself was guarded on the outside by a detachment of Balts, Estonians, Lithuanians, and by Ukrainians. The entire procedure was almost entirely in the hands of the detainees themselves, who were supervised only from time to time by a subordinate officer (Unterführer ). The execution itself was carried out by another Unterführer who released the gas into that place.

Strangely, the Allies did not do any research on the Auschwitz camps, or they would have discovered that there was a “Gaskammer” in the Monowitz camp, where they were bombing the factories.  I previously wrote this blog post about the proof that the Nazis used Gaskammern.

The most frequent criticism of President Roosevelt, who failed to stop the Holocaust, centers on the claim that U.S. planes could have bombed the tracks leading to the Auschwitz II camp, aka Birkenau.  U.S. planes did, in fact, bomb the railroad tracks in Germany, which caused even more deaths of Jews, but did not stop the gassing.  For example, the deaths of thousands of Jews on the “death train” to Dachau, which you can read about on my website here.

On March 1, 1941, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, who was in charge of all the concentration camps, stood on a railroad overpass in the town of Auschwitz and selected the location of a new addition to the Auschwitz camp, which would become the Auschwitz II camp, aka Birkenau. At that time, the invasion of the Soviet Union and the plan to “ausrotten” (exterminate) all the Jews in Europe was only months away.

From the overpass, the railroad tracks lead directly to the Gate of Death, which is the iconic entrance into Auschwitz-Birkenau. The railroad spur line that goes through the gate house begins on the left side of the gate, about a quarter of a mile away, and curves around until it forms a straight line in front of the gate.  The photo below shows the tracks entering the camp.

Railroad tracks entering the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

Railroad tracks entering the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

Trains coming from the west entered the Birkenau camp from tracks on the left side of the gate, as you are facing it, and did not pass the railroad station in the town of Auschwitz. Trains coming from the opposite direction passed the train station in Auschwitz and then entered the camp on the spur line. The train tracks end only a few yards from two of the gas chambers inside the Birkenau camp.

The town of Auschwitz was a major railroad hub, with many train tracks coming into it; there was a large marshaling yard near the Auschwitz station. Standing on the railroad overpass in 1941, Himmler realized that Birkenau was an ideal location for transporting people by rail from all over Europe, although the plans for exterminating the Jews were not finalized until the Nazis were confident that they would win their war against the Soviet Union.

To get back to the book entitled FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith, this quote is from the article which you can read in full here:

Why did you decide to write the book?

My research uncovered important new information about America’s response to the Holocaust — including such critical issues as FDR’s private feelings about Jews, the Roosevelt administration’s decision to shut America’s doors to Jewish refugees and its refusal to bomb Auschwitz.

What do you think Roosevelt could have done to save victims of the Holocaust that he didn’t?

He could have quietly permitted the immigration quotas to be filled to their legal limit — that alone would have saved 190,000 lives. (Instead, the administration imposed extra requirements that disqualified most would-be immigrants.) He could have pressed the British to open Palestine’s doors to Jewish refugees. He could have authorized the use of empty troop-supply ships to bring refugees to stay in the U.S. temporarily, until the end of the war. He could have permitted refugees to stay as tourists in a U.S. territory, such as the Virgin Islands, until it was safe for them to return to Europe. He could have authorized the bombing of Auschwitz or the railway lines leading to it, which would have interrupted the mass-murder process.

Why wasn’t it a preferable strategy, as some suggest, to use all American resources to end the war quickly — and thus liberate the concentration camps earlier — than to divert resources to bomb Auschwitz?

Bombing Auschwitz would not have required any diversion of resources, because U.S. planes were already bombing targets that were less than five miles from the gas chambers, during the summer and autumn of 1944. Incidentally, one of the American pilots who flew over Auschwitz in 1944 was young George McGovern, the future presidential nominee.

The Nazis believed that President Roosevelt was a crypto Jew or a “secret Jew” himself. They called him “Rosenfeld.”  Hitler believed that President Roosevelt wanted to destroy Germany because Roosevelt was secretly a Jew.

3 Comments

  1. The idea that America didn’t do enough to save the Jews of Europe is real chutzpah. The USHMM, which sits among the other national monuments in Wash DC, is the only one there dedicated to a people who never lived, fought for or died in this country. It was erected nine years before The National WWII Memorial honoring the Americans who died fighting to end the Holocaust. The real story of Jewish immigration to the US during the war years, legal and otherwise, will never be written as long Jews are are scripting the story.

    Junior senator Lyndon Johnson issued American passports illegally to Jewish refugees. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Texas

    Refugee Jews entered the USA clandestinely by the thousands from Canada and Mexico via South America and Cuba. Thousands of visas to the Dominican Republic were issued. Only a fraction of the refugees settled there. http://www.omg-facts.com/History/The-Domincan-Republic-Offered-To-Take-In/56295

    Zionists were at work behind the scenes in America and Europe during and after the war preparing another Exodus. They wanted Jews in Palestine/Israel. Jews left Europe before during and after the war from Italy and Romania. The Romanian government under Marshall Antonescu and subsequent dictators worked with Mossad (then a clandestine immigration organization) shepherding Jews to Palestine. “Spannos: In your book you illustrate how, where there was a conflict between Zionist interests and the interests of Jews in DP camps, Zionist organizers, planners and activists put their interests before the well- being of the Jewish refugees. Let’s look at your first illustration, the 1945 children’s affair. What happened to Jewish children in DP camps during 1945?” http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Holocaust-Struggle-Zionists-Aftermath/dp/156751278X

    “…Having energized politicians, gangsters, Hollywood moguls, and ultra- Orthodox rabbis, the handful of young men taught other Zionist and American- Jewish groups not only how the media was the message but how it could and should be used. A guiding force behind the creation of the War Refugee Board, the group served as a beacon for contemporary Zionist militancy while ultimately laying the groundwork for other organizations to utilize the media in future political campaigns.” http://www.amazon.com/Bergson-Origins-Contemporary-Zionist-Militancy/dp/0815630638

    Comment by who+dares+wings — April 8, 2013 @ 9:32 am

  2. The rabidly antisemitic Americans admitted persecuted innocent Jews merely by the tens of thousands.

    How inhumane!

    Undoubtedly, they should have followed the generous example and unceasing benevolence set by the most moral nation in the world.

    Comment by Eager For Answers — April 6, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

  3. Article: ““In his private, unguarded moments, FDR repeatedly made unfriendly remarks about Jews, especially his belief that Jews were overrepresented in many professions and exercised too much influence and control on society,” Medoff told The Daily Caller in an email about his new book, “FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith.””

    MOOAHAHAHAH. Never read something so stupid and false.

    “For a long time [Roosevelt] was a hero. No president had appointed so many Jews to public office. No president had surrounded himself with so many Jewish advisers.” – American historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr, expert on presidents FDR and JFK.

    “Roosevelt himself brought into his immediate circle more jews than any other President before and after him. Felix Frankfurter, Bernard M. Baruch and Henri Morgenthau were his closest advisers. Benjamin V. Cohen, Samuel Rosenman and David K. Niles were his friends and trusted aides.” – Lucy Dawidowicz, New York Times Magazine, April 18, 1982 (http://www.nytimes.com/1982/05/23/magazine/l-american-jews-and-the-holocaust-153081.html?scp=1&sq=+%22American+Jews+and+the+Holocaust%2C%22&st=nyt). Lucy Dawidowicz was quoted in the same article stating: “rescuing the European Jews was an unachievable task because most were inaccessible, beyond the reach even of the Allied military forces.” (a very different version from today’s one)

    “The Nazis believed that President Roosevelt was a crypto Jew or a “secret Jew” himself. They called him “Rosenfeld.” Hitler believed that President Roosevelt wanted to destroy Germany because Roosevelt was secretly a Jew.”

    Not only Hitler and the Nazis believed FDR was a jew.

    http://winstonsmithministryoftruth.blogspot.be/2012/04/fdrs-lies-about-his-jewish-ancestors.html

    http://winstonsmithministryoftruth.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/fdr-had-jewish-great-grandmother.html?zx=29654f998411ac8d

    http://winstonsmithministryoftruth.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/roosevelt-were-jewish-letters-which.html

    FG wrote: “According to the testimony of Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen at the Nuremberg IMT, there were gas chambers at Monowitz. Dr. Morgen’s testimony is included in IMT vol. XX, p. 550 – 551.”

    Don’t worry. Morgen changed his ‘testimony’ in 1964 at the Frankfurt Auschwitz ‘Trials’ in order to make it suit to the final Holocaust narrative (http://winstonsmithministryoftruth.blogspot.be/2012/11/konrad-morgens-completely-contradicting.html). 😉

    Comment by hermie — April 6, 2013 @ 3:44 pm


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