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The myth of rescue

Historians have argued that the allies did little or nothing to rescue Europe's Jews. In a new book, William Rubinstein challenges the view that indifference and anti-Semitism were responsible for their fate. The Jews who died in the Holocaust were prisoners who could not be rescued

Could the allies have saved the lives of more Jews during the Holocaust? For at least 20 years, book after book has appeared claiming that the allies could have done far more, and that their failure was the result of indifference and anti-Semitism. In the US, in particular, the government and President Roosevelt have been indicted for their alleged failure during the Holocaust. The best known of many critical works is David Wyman’s The Abandonment of the Jews (1984), and perhaps 20 other similar books have appeared in recent years. In Britain, Bernard Wasserstein’s scholarly Britain and the Jews of…

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