Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy
As the Allies were able to take aerial photos of Auschwitz, why didn't they intervene to stop the atrocity?
Concerning Auschwitz as a specific target various issues were involved.
Maybe they should have bombed it? Maybe not?
Other have answered this question better than I can.
It however belies the question.
Killing Jews was a German war aim. It was not just something the Nazis did incidentally.
All Germans involved with the fighting to some degree supported the killing of Jews .
The Jew was the enemy who had to be eliminated in one way or other.
Killing Jews took priority over conducting the war.
Auschwitz was a place where Jews were killed because Germans wanted to kill them.
Remove Auschwitz and you inconvenience the Germans. You do not stop them.
There is even a theory (I do not yet know the details or the source) where the progress of German armies in the war was determined by a map Hitler had of Jewish population concentrations.
In order to save Jews one had to defeat Germany.
The Germans on this matter would not relent no matter what.
The other nations that supported Germany however, such as Hungary, Romania, Spain, etc, were prepared to be less relentless in killing Jews if it meant damage to themselves.
The Americans and British did threaten these nations. To some degree the threats did help especially after the tides of War changed.
Other nations, such as Hungary, towards the end stopped the killing but the Germans speeded it up.Â