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    • Haim Dov Beliak
    • 06.11.12 | 16:57 (IST)

    I don't think Bauer has moved in his opinions. He articulated the reasons for the inability of Jews or Allies to save European Jewry very eloquently by pains taking research and analysis. Simply put - there was very little that could be done to save the vast majority of Europe's Jews short of an Allied victory. The work of Kook and others was emotionally important but it only underlies the powerlessness that the Jewish people faced. It is a hard lesson to absorb. Today that lesson is used in some circles to argue for extreme political actions. Often people are motivated to support one or another political policy. But those arguments are not about the situation and reality that existed during World War II. I had the privilege of studying with Dr. Yehudah Bauer in 1980-81. I have read and followed all his important work especially "Jews for Sale" and the three volumes on the Joint Distribution Committee. All of this work is relevant to the judgement on these issues but that is more reading than most people want to do; but it is through that reading that one understands how difficult rescue and efforts to aid Jews were. Thank you Dr. Bauer.

    from the article: Maybe Roosevelt couldn't have saved the Jews from the Nazis after all
    First published 10:44 02.11.12 | Last updated 10:44 02.11.12
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