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Date: 16 September /08 16 Elul 5768
1. Robert Michael:
Failure of Allies to Help Jews During Holocaust followed by Brit-Am Remarks
2. Human Development Index List
Comparted to List of  Israelite Countries
3. WW2 and the Problem of Ireland
a. Irish non-Acceptance of Jewish Refugees
b. The Challenge Of The Irish Volunteers of World War II by Geoffrey Roberts
c. Deserters from the Irish Army to the Allies Cause
d. Summary


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1. Robert Michael: Failure of Allies to Help Jews During Holocaust

This excerpt from my forthcoming book, SOUL OF THE HOLOCAUST, explains what could have pragmatically been done to rescue Jews of the Holocaust without serious cost to the war effort. They could have taken these steps:
    (1. More fully informed their people as to what as known about the Holocaust, so that at least in the democracies there would have been a public debate on the issue. And possibly, just possibly, people would have decided once the situation was clarified, that Jewish lives were worth the effort to save.
   ( 2. Honestly report to their public what they kept secret? that they had decided not to help the Jews because they were not important.
    (3. Bomb the railway lines leading to Auschwitz or part of the camps themselves. Of course, Auschwitz was bombed, by accident; and the nearby plants of I.G. Farben were bombed by design.
    (4. Clearly, continually, and assertively warn the Nazis and their collaborators, that they would be tried after the war for the murder of Jews ?it was done only a few times.
    (5. Promise neutral nations who accepted refugees that they would be rewarded now and after the war.
    (6. Open up Palestine to refugees during this extraordinary crisis.
Open up the United States, where we had many camps for German POWs, far above the quotas. Open up the Territory of Alaska. All these options were refused to the Jews.
    (7. Drop arms and advisors to Jewish resistance groups as was done for other, non-Jewish resistance groups in Czechoslovakia, the Balkans, for example.
    (8. Clearly, continually, and assertively appeal to the Vatican officially to help the Jews.
    (9. Negotiate with the Nazis and their collaborators in hundreds of small ways?little deals with them to help save Jewish lives.
   (10. Establish a Jewish Army to be dropped into Eastern Europe to help, advise, encourage the Jews, to sabotage railway lines and camps. A Jewish unit was dropped to help gentile Resistance groups.
    (11.    Warn the neutral nations that any collaboration with the Nazis to murder innocent civilians would be severely punished after the war.
    (12. Warn the Jews in the ghettos by radio and/or pamphlets what lay in store for them - the Allies knew better than they.
    (13.    Drop food, medical supplies, and arms into the ghettos.
    (14.    Inform those German people who may not have known of the Holocaust and, as a last resort, threaten and if necessary carry out retributive bombing of German cities if the Holocaust did not stop.
    Even if only a few of these actions had been successful, it would have significantly helped the Jews. And even if all of these actions had failed on the pragmatic level, would not their attempt have heartened the Jews? Would it not have inspired them with hope to know that someone really cared? Would it not have helped a dying musselman who, instead of watching Allied planes fly over Auschwitz, could have seen them bomb the camp in an effort to stop the slaughter?   Would not the Allies then have saved their virtue, their honor, their reputation, their own humanity?

Please read David Wyman's ABANDONMENT OF THE JEWS and Bernard Wasserstein, BRITAIN AND THE JEWS OF EUROPE, 1939-1945. These authors lay out, with the evidence, the despicable back-stabbing antisemitism of many in the U.S. State Department and elsewhere, as well as in the British Colonial and Foreign Offices. Read the U.S. Treasury Department's conclusions as included in my book CONCISE HISTORY OF AMERICAN ANTISEMITISM: the U.S. State Department, according to the Treasury Department's report of 1944, acquiesced in the German murder of the Jews. The "Report to the Secretary on the Acquiescence of This Government in the Murder of the Jews" maintained that several State Department officials were so fearful that this Government might act to save the Jews of Europe if the gruesome facts relating to Hitler's plans to exterminate them became known, that they not only attempted to suppress the facts but, in addition, they used the powers of their official  position to secretly countermand the instructions of the Acting Secretary of State [Sumner Welles] ordering such facts to be reported. We leave it for your judgment whether this action made such officials the accomplices of Hitler in this program and whether or not these officials are not war criminals in every sense of the term. . . .
"We don't shoot them [Jews].
We let other people shoot them, and let them starve. . . . When you get through with it, the [State Department's] attitude to date is no different from Hitler's attitude. [The State Department officials involved in America's refugee policy are an] underground movement . . . to let the Jews be killed." 
As to the British, Henry Morganthau and his associates in the Treasury Dept. conclude that "the British by doing nothing, are condemning these people [Jews] to death. [How can they] blame the Germans for killing them when we are doing this. The law calls them para-delicto, of equal guilt."

There is more, much more, but for now, this is more than enough to digest.
Robert Michael
Professor Emeritus European History/University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Graduate Faculty, Florida Gulf Coast University

Brit-Am Commentary:
This is a very complex subject.
There were anti-Semities amongst the Allies and their existence must be acknowledged.
In addition there was an unwillingness to internalize what was happening to the Jews.
Not only the Allies but the Jews themselves were afflicted with this malady.
Jewish leaders refused to believe that the Germans were killing them. Jews who were taken to be killed and escaped were liable to be physically attacked by other Jews if they tried to warn the community of what was happening.
They were considered to be scare-mongers and panic merchants.
Even the gas chambers were disguised as mass shower facilities.
The Nazis were helped by Gentiles in the conquered countries and by Jewish functionaries.
[So too, today, American and European elements against the state of Israel use the help of Jews in Israel and overseas in working against the Jewish people.]
It must also be recognized that:
The Allies did do much to help the Jews.
Britain took in up to 80,000 Jewish refugees and facilitated the reaching of safety of an additional large number. The USA also took in very many.
Some attempts at rescue were made.
It is doubtful if much could have been done.
"The Myth of Rescue. Why the Democracies could not have saved more Jews from the Nazis", by William D. Rubinstein, USA, 1997.
In addition the attitude of the world at the time was different. All the gentiles were anti-Semitic especially in Eastern Europe and action on behalf of the Jews would not have been popular. Nevertheless there were cases were more could have been done but it was not and those responsible for not doing it openly admitted to being against the Jews. This aspect of what happened has to be acknowledged.
 Robert Michael in the above article brings up 14 points.
Here are some comments on them:
1. The public should indeed have been more widely informed as to what was happening.
Many did know but most did not despite present-day attempts to say otherwise.
2. Not true but they did have reasons not to act more in helping Jews specifically (as against the occupied peoples in general) which helps explain point no.1.
3. Bombing the railway lines to Auschwitz in my opinion would not have helped though it may have had symbolic value.
4. The utility of  threatening the Nazis was Doubtful and possibly counter-productive.
German resistance almost until the very end was in part motivated by fear of retribution for crimes committed by the German nation.
The German people should have been told what was going on even though they mostly already knew.
We see every day that people react differently to news that is openly published than they do to information that everybody knows about but which is not admitted.
5. More should have been done to influence neutral nations.
In cases where this or actions along similar lines were carried out it helped.
6. The Allies could have opened up the USA and Alaska to accepting Jewish refugees more than they did.
Palestine is a different issue though there too more could have been done.
Refugees who did reach Palestine were allowed to stay or interned in Cyprus where at least they were safe.
7. The Jew should have been urged and helped to defend themselves.  More could have been done more than it was.
8. The Vatican was against the Nazis but after the War helped Nazi war criminals escape through Italy and Spain to South America.
9. Claims that more could have been done by negotiating with the Nazis appear to be mistaken.
There is a tendency to downplay the fanatical determination amongst the Nazis to torment and slaughter Jews in any way possible.
The NAZIS sought to drive a wedge between the US and Britain on one side and Russia on the other.
Material assistance to the Nazis in return for Jewish lives may have meant more German resources being used against Russia.
Hitler himself would not have agreed and could not talk for more than ten minutes without returning to the Jewish question.
It is not realized how much Jewish hatred was a motivating factor in fighting the war.
10. Jewish resistance should have been encouraged more and supported from outside.
We agree with points 11, 12, 13, and 14.

2. Human Development Index List Comparted to List of  Israelite Countries
Brit-Am identifies the following countries that have a significant proportion of  people of Israelite descent amongst them and in which these Israelites noticeably influence the National Character:
Israel, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ulster, Eire, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, along with a sizeable proportion of the white population of South Africa.
This gives us 16 complete nations.
These nations have been blessed as the Bible promised Israel would be blessed.
This may be shown in nearly all international charts of comparative well being.
One of these charts is the Human Development Index

##The Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, and standards of living for countries worldwide. It is a standard means of measuring well-being, especially child welfare. It is used to distinguish whether the country is a developed, a developing, or an under-developed country, and also to measure the impact of economic policies on quality of life.##

It will be noticed from the list below that all 15 out of the 16  "Israelite" nations are in the top 20.  The exception is  the state of Israel which is no.23.
11 out of the top 12 are Israelite Nations.

Country HDI
in 2005 (published in 2007)
1 (2)  Iceland 0.968
2 (1)  Norway 0.968
3 (0)  Australia 0.962
4 (2)  Canada 0.961
5 (1)  Ireland 0.959
6 (1)  Sweden 0.956
7 (2)  Switzerland 0.955
8 (1)  Japan 0.953
9 (1)  Netherlands 0.953
10 (6)  France 0.952
11 (0)  Finland 0.952
12 (4)  United States 0.951
13 (6)  Spain 0.949
14 (1)  Denmark 0.949
15 (1)  Austria 0.948
16 (2)  United Kingdom 0.946
17 (4)  Belgium 0.946
18 (6)  Luxembourg 0.944
19 (1)  New Zealand 0.943
20 (3)  Italy 0.941
21 (1)  Hong Kong 0.937
22 (1)  Germany 0.935
23 (0)  Israel

3. WW2 and the Problem of Ireland

a. Irish non-Acceptance of Jewish Refugees
At ceremonies for the first Holocaust Memorial Day in Ireland, January 26, 2003, Justice Minister Michael McDowell apologized for what he claimed was an Irish wartime policy towards refugees that was inspired by "a culture of muted anti-semitism in Ireland," which discouraged the immigration of thousands of Europe's threatened Jews. He further claimed that "at an official level the Irish state was at best coldly polite and behind closed doors antipathetic, hostile and unfeeling toward the Jews".[

b. The Challenge Of The Irish Volunteers of World War II
Geoffrey Roberts


the large number of Irish citizens who volunteered for service in the British armed forces between 1939-1945. During the war an estimated 70,000 citizens of neutral Ireland served in the British armed forces, together with 50,000 or so from Northern Ireland.

between 1939 and 1945 nearly 200,000 workers from Eire migrated to work in the British war economy - most of whom remained in the country after the war.

Of the 100 or so Irish veterans of World War II interviewed/questioned by The Volunteers Project about 20% identified themselves as coming from a Church of Ireland background.

Another contemporary example of a lauding of the volunteers role is an editorial by Peadar O?Donnell in The Bell in 1947. This was an editorial replying to Russian objections to Irish membership of the UN on the grounds that Eire had aided the Nazi cause. O?Donnell argued:

It would startle even the best informed among ourselves to have accurate figures of the recruitment of Irish men and women into the British armed forces and war industry?soldiers home on leave were welcomed by their neighbours. An air raid in Britain brought anxiety to every parish in Southern Ireland. One met the joke often?that what the Irish were doing dare not be told because the facts would embarrass both the Belfast Government who wished the world to believe their people were in the war, and Mr de Valera who wanted the Southern Irish to believe they were out of it.

In April 1995 Taoiseach John Bruton spoke at Islandbridge and paid tribute to the 150,000 Irish people North and South who "volunteered to fight against Nazi tyranny in Europe, at least 10,000 of whom were killed while serving in British uniforms. In recalling their bravery, we are recalling a shared experience of Irish and British people. We remember a British part of the inheritance of all who live in Ireland."

c. Deserters from the Irish Army to the Allies Cause
By: Girvin, Brian. History Today, Mar2006, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p50-50
The article explains the tensions between the Irish government and many of the Irish people regarding their attitudes toward the war against Nazism. At the very time that de Valera was visiting Hempel in May 1945, two deserters from the Irish army who had joined the British forces returned to Ireland In the belief that they would not be prosecuted. In fact they were arrested, court-martialled and sentenced, and both were discharged from the Irish armed forces. Some 4,000 Irish army personnel deserted to Britain during the war, most of them long after any threat to Irish neutrality had disappeared. Reading Level (Lexile): 1330;

d. Summary.
Ireland was neutral in WW2. Ireland did not accept Jewish refugees.
70,000 volunteers from served with Allies compared with 50,000 from Ulster.
Possibly 20% of the volunteers from Eire were Protestants.
200,000 workers from Eire went to Britain during WW2.
Popular sentiment was pro-British.
10,000 Irish soldiers (from both Eire and Ulster) serving with the British were killed.
4,000 soldiers from the Army of Eire deserted to serve in the British forces.

The population of Eire in 2007 was ca. 6 million.
Of Ulster 1.75 million.
We are not sure what the population was in 1939 but one source indicated ca. 4 million for Eire.
since 1948
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