Why We Watched

Why We Watched

Europe, America, and the Holocaust

Book - 2008
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WW Norton
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.
This book answers the most pressing question about the Holocaust: Why did the West do nothing as Hitler's killing machine took hold?

Baker & Taylor
Evaluates the western world's neutral stance in the face of Germany's anti-Semitism and early holocaust activities, explaining the author's perspectives on how each western nation embraced respective policies that prevented Jewish immigrants from escaping Germany and indirectly supported extermination camp practices.

Norton Pub
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.
This book answers the most pressing question about the Holocaust: Why did the West do nothing as Hitler's killing machine took hold?

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393064629
039306462X
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 HAM
Characteristics: xxi, 520 p. :,ill., ports. ;,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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