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Allied Forces Knew About Holocaust Two Years Before Discovery of Concentration Camps

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The Allied Powers Knew About the Holocaust Long Before What Was Previously Assumed
Liberated prisoners at Ebensee concentration camp 1945. The Ebensee concentration camp was established by the SS to build tunnels for armaments storage near the town of Ebensee, Austria in 1943. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)


Hitler’s genocidal plans were known to Allied Forces well before previously believed.

According to the Independent, documents from the United Nations that haven’t seen the light of day in over 70 years, show that the U.S. and its allies knew about the Holocaust as early as December 1942—well before the first concentration camps were discovered and liberated.

A historical analysis of this information will be part of a new book, Human Rights After Hitler, from Dr. Dan Plesch, a professor at the Center of International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London.

What exactly did they know? In the newly picked-over cache of documents—which were finally unsealed by former U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers—it’s clear that the U.S., U.K., and Soviet governments were well aware that two million Jews had already been murdered, and a further five million more were at risk of perishing in the Nazi concentration camps. But little was done to save them, or offer refuge.

Also discovered were documents drawn up by the Allied powers to indict Hitler of war crimes as early as 1944. Of course, this never came to pass.

Read the full Independent article here.

Below, watch a first-person video from BuzzFeed of a Holocaust survivor talking about the day he was liberated.