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BrotherObscura

Why did it take so long for america to learn about the Holocaust?

i remember in Anne frank's diary they spoke of the Americans coming to save them but it took so long. why were americans ignorant about it so long? or was it a ''i don't want to get involved'' situation?

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FIRST we didn't KNOW what was happening in Germany / Poland until June 1, 1942 when the US and UK got the first reports in the West that gas is being used to kill the Jews sent to "the East". At that point, all the camps are inside occupied territory where there is NO MEANS to liberate them until the US and Soviets arrived in 1945.

Remember that this was in a time when radio and the telephone were the means of communication, AND still iffy. There was no one sending cell-phone video, there was no CNN, and there were no satellites to cover all of German and Poland.

CAMPS were NOT unusual... the US locked up Japanese Americans by the hundreds of thousands as well as certain German and Italian Americans. What was unsual was the fact that the Germans starved, robbed, and then murdered their Jewish, Gypsy, Gay, Communist, etc captives.

I'm certainly not making excuses... my grandparents and mother fled Cologne, Germany in 1934 and arrived in the US via Mexico in 1936... but we lost dozens of family members who couldn't get away from Germany

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You took the words right out of my mouth. Younger generations forget that we did not always have the constant barrage of media that we have now. Exposing everything but telling us nothing.
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well, the reason i asked is because i have friends who have german ancestors who fled and escaped the halocaust to america somehow. if they got to america then how could we have been so ignorant about it? but the other answers explained it.

@maxirox i knew completely about the change in media, but it seemed it still got through, i just wasn't sure about the reaction of the american.s
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Right on! Excellent answer.
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If I remember correctly we knew, we just didn't do anything.
Interesting article.
http://olmsteadhistoryproject.wikispaces.com/Ignoring+the+Death+of+Millions+America+and+the+Holocaust

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Once we did know we didn't want to get involved until Pearl Harbor was attacked

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I guess it's just like today, when we hear of terrible things happening in Africa, but do nothing about it.

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Actually we didn't know anything about the concentration camps we just knew that Hitler was raiding lands that he wasn't supposed to be raiding .Then we did find out we had to mobilize troops and that takes a long time to rise the troops after we get congress to accept the passing of a declaration of war.

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"why were americans ignorant about it so long?"

NaZi Germany was a police state, no information about what they were doing was allowed out. NOBODY outside of NaZi occupied territory knew about it. We learned about it when our soldiers liberated these camps.

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How na?ve
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Are you going to explain, or is this just a hit and run?
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i guess he's a hit and run lol
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You need to realize that communications at that time were almost primitive by today's standards; no tv, Internet, cell phones,spy satellites, and so on. Even today we have a difficult time getting factual information about " closed societies" such as North Korea, Iran , and others in spite of the improved technology! As Tony pointed out , until we liberated some camps, the true scope and horror of those activities had been concealed.

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What?! ... You mean, they didn't have Facebook back then???
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Wow, imagine that!
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Well then how did people talk to each other??? haha
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It didn't take long at all!!! The entire world knew what was going on, they just ignored it, and hoped it would go away!!

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There was an Allied spy who came across a concentration camp in Germany and reported back to the Allies the mass murder he saw. The Allies flat out didn't believe him because they couldn't fantom the Nazi's being that brutal to their own people.

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