This news article is about the failure of the Allies to bomb Auschwitz-Birkeanu in order to save the Jews from being gassed: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/New-whitewash-of-FDRs-failure-to-bomb-Auschwitz-453127
The following quote is from the news article:
If only Alonzo Hamby had met George McGovern!
Hamby is the author of a new biography of president Franklin D. Roosevelt which defends FDR’ s failure to bomb Auschwitz, on the grounds that it was too far away for US planes to reach. McGovern, the US senator and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, was one of the World War II pilots who actually bombed oil sites at Auschwitz – proving that it was, in fact, not out of reach at all.
On August 7, 1944, US bombers attacked the Trzebinia oil refineries, just 21 km. from the gas chambers. On August 20, a squadron of 127 US bombers, accompanied by the all-African American unit known as the Tuskegee Airmen, struck oil factories less than 8 km. from the gas chambers.
A teenage slave laborer named Elie Wiesel witnessed the August 20 raid. A glance at Wiesel’s best-selling book Night would have enlightened Hamby. Wiesel wrote: “If a bomb had fallen on the blocks [the prisoners’ barracks], it alone would have claimed hundreds of victims on the spot.
But then again, McGovern’s statements about bombing Auschwitz have been widely available on the Internet for more than a decade now. Hamby could have located them with even the most cursory search of the literature on the subject. Thus one suspects that even if Hamby had known of McGovern’s experiences he would have looked for some other way to exonerate the Roosevelt administration for its refusal to bomb Auschwitz.
But FDR and his administration do not deserve to be exonerated. Dropping a few bombs on Auschwitz or the railway lines leading to it would not have undermined the war effort; it simply would have conflicted with Roosevelt’s view that the war against the Jews was a sideshow which was not America’s concern. The president who presented himself to the public as the champion of the “forgotten man,” as someone who embodied humane values and cared about the downtrodden, turned his back on the most compelling moral challenge of our times.
The author is founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.
The author should update his information. Elie Wiesel has finally admitted that he was never in Auschwitz-Birkenau, nor in any other camp.
In my humble opinion, bombing Auaschwitz-Birkenau would have killed more Jews than would have been saved. FDR was no dummy!