The Bombing of Auschwitz Revisited: A Critical Analysis

  • Richard H. Levy
Part of the The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Series on Diplomatic and Economic History book series (WOOROO)


Starting in Mayor June,* the American and British governments were asked to bomb the deportation railways in Hungary. Later, they were asked to bomb the gas chambers and crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The requests were made in a desperate effort to explore every possibility of helping those Hungarian Jews who had not yet been murdered. Most of the requests originated with Jewish organizations. In the event, the Hungarian railways were not bombed as or when requested, and the gas chambers and crematoria were not bombed at all. There is a strongly held moral view that the failure of the Allies to bomb either target was at best callous and at worst amounted to complicity in the murderous crimes of the Nazis.


Railway Line British Government Moral Effect Death Camp Jewish Agency 
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