The Hungarian Holocaust / by Alex Baumohl.
This research examined the Hungarian Holocaust, its causes and its outcomes. By 1944, Hiders Final Solution had destroyed the Jewish population in every Nazi-dominated nation in Europe. The only exception was Hungary and the neutral countries. The particulars of the Holocaust were endless. Germany maintained a facade about Hitler's obsession with the Jewish genocide and the killing centers. Research and personal experience proved that men and women were treated differently in the concentration camps. Living children were dumped into ditches of flame. Last but not least were the medical experiments under the infamous “Angel of Death,” Dr. Joseph Mengele, whose research was feared morbidly at Auschwitz. Between June 1941 and May 1945, six million Jews perished at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. The Nazis were the murderers, but the Allies were the all-too-passive accomplices. The focus of this research, the story of the Hungarian Holocaust, was concentrated largely in the final months of World War Two. This story tests theories of functional rationality of Nazi totalitarianism—in contrast with transformational idealism of constitutional government. This story and theory reached into American politics, not simply European experience. Strong popular pressure for American action would have brought a much fuller government commitment for rescue and would have produced it sooner. Several factors hampered the growth of public pressure, among which were anti-Semitism and anti-immigration attitudes, both widespread in American society in that era and both entrenched in Congress. Mass media outlets failed to publicize Holocaust news, even though the wire services and other sources made most of the information available. In 1944 the United States War Department rejected several appeals to bomb the Auschwitz/Birkenau gas chambers, crematoriums and the railroads leading to them. Even so, at the same time massive American bombings took place less than five miles from the gas chambers. My autobiography and the story of my family are included here as a living testimony.
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