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The Holocaust


Aerial photo of Birkenau camp, 1944
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Question 1314141

One of the haunting questions of World War II is whether the United States should have done more to stop the Holocaust, particularly the Nazi killing camps. Which of the following is not true about the decision?

(A) the Allies had both air reconnaissance photos and eyewitness testimony about the camps
(B) Jewish leaders implored FDR to take action to try to stop the killings
(C) bombing rail lines or camps like Auschwitz would have been quite easy with a high chance of success
(D) advocates of bombing the camps felt that while dangerous, it would help the morale of inmates
(E) the general plan of the U.S military was to devote resources to military targets and not address humanitarian crises

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