Calculated indifference: The soviet union and requests to Bomb Auschwitz

Danny Orbach, Mark Solonin

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In the ongoing debate about whether the Allies should have bombed the Auschwitz extermination camp, the Soviet Union is rarely mentioned. Focusing on four operational challenges-accuracy, range, time, and intelligence-the authors compare British, American, and Soviet preparedness for such a mission. In addition, on the basis of little-used documentary evidence, they argue that Stalin's refusal to bomb Auschwitz must be attributed not only to his antisemitism, but also to a complicated shift in the Soviet Union's nationalities policy.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)90-113
Number of pages24
JournalHolocaust and Genocide Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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