he Holocaust began in 1933 in Germany. What were we doing? Didn't we think it was real? Should we have bombed all of the concentration camps once we knew they were in existance? Remember there were thousands of people there at any given time. Most of them were in Poland and Hitler had control over Poland for a long time. Should the Holocaust be taught more in schools?
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In 1933, the USA had not yet declared war against any foreign power. The US was only slowly beginning to be aware of concentration camps, and the horror was difficult to believe, so we were hoping it was not true. Evidence was sparse and difficult to confirm.
I t would have been unwise to bomb the concentration camps, as innocent civilians were incarcerated there, and bombing efforts would have resulted in the loss of life of these innocents. True, Nazi soldiers would have been killed also, but the vast majority of casualties would have been civilians.
The HOlacust should be taught more in schools to preserve the memories of the past, and to instruct younger generations of the travesty of that event, so that they can learn from the past and not repeat the same behavior in the future, and to be aware of what to look for in the future to prevent it's recurrence.
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Jul 6th, 2015
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