When America finally took action to help stop the Holocaust, they did make a big difference. With the possibility of Hitler taking over all of Europe, the Americans knew it was time to take action and put a stop to all the madness going on across seas.
Anti-Semitism was widespread and sometimes violent during pre-war and war years, especially in Boston and New York City.
July 21,1942, many Americans gathered in Madison Square to protest the treatment the Jewish people were receiving from Nazis in Europe. Jewish groups were responsible for many rallies and demonstrations in sympathy with European Jews.
President Roosevelt delegated
communications about the Jewish plight in Europe to the State Department.
He advertised that America's victory in Europe was the Jews' only hope
to be free.
After a long period of procrastination, the Americans finally decided to do something to help the welfare of the Jewish people in Europe. Congress discussed a Rescue Resolution from November of 1943 to January of 1944. Congress believed that this Resolution would pass. In January of 1944, the War Refugee Board was created by an Executive Order made by Roosevelt.
The first action made by the
United States took place during 1944. The United States bombed enemy territory
which included sections of Auschwitz, but they did not bomb the gas chambers.
Auschwitz is one of the most commonly known of all the concentration camps
in the Holocaust. It was a death camp. This is where Anne Frank was killed.
The Americans continued to bomb German targets. Then they raided concentration
camps and killed many Nazis. They rescued the few survivors. After the
Americans had full control over the Nazis camps, they had to clean up the
madness and horror the Nazis were responsible for. The American soldiers
had to clean up all the bodies and burn them. They had to destroy the gas
chambers and crematories. Finally, the Holocaust ended in 1945. Germany
was defeated due to the fact that their ruler and commander committed suicide. Adolph
Hitler died April 30, 1945. Today some Nazis are still paying for
the active role they portrayed during the Holocaust.
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