Why We Watched

Why We Watched

Europe, America, and the Holocaust

Book - 2008
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The Allies stood by and watched Nazi Germany imprison and then murder six million Jews during World War II. How could the unthinkable have been allowed to happen? Theodore Hamerow reveals in the pages of this compelling book that each Western nation had its own version of the Jewish Question--its own type of anti-Semitism--which may not have been as virulent as in Eastern Europe but was disastrously crippling nonetheless. If just one country had opened its doors to Germany's already persecuted Jews in the 1930s, and if the Allies had attempted even one bombing of an extermination camp, the Holocaust would have been markedly different. Instead, by sitting on their hands, the West let Hitler solve their Jewish Question by eliminating European Jewry.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393064629
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 HAM
Characteristics: xxi, 520 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 21, 2013

I found this book to be quite informative, as I knew relatively little about what led up to WWII, nor why it was allowed to continue for as long as it did. The only problem with this book is that it is probably twice as long as it needs to be. The author repeats himself over & over & over again, ad nauseum. Some pages you truly start to believe you've already read this! But no, it's only the author using different words to convey the same thing as in the last chapter. Maybe he got paid per word?

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