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Rethinking the Dilemma of Bombing Auschwitz: Support, Opposition, and Reservation

October 20, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


On October 20th at 4 PM, ET, Zohar Segev, professor of History at the University Haifa in Israel, will offer a new understanding of the Allied decision of whether or not to bomb Auschwitz Concentration Camp. In conversation with Gross Center Director Michael A. Riff, Segev will present new research into archival documents related to the work of American Jewish activists involved in the issue of bombing the camp, above all Leon Kubowitzki, who headed the World Jewish Congress’s Rescue Department. The archival documents reveal that Jewish and Zionist leadership requested that the U.S. not bomb Auschwitz and instead seek to examine other forms of military action that could be employed against the camp. The findings show us the importance of re-examination and reformulation of our knowledge and understanding regarding the Holocaust in light of new sources.