"The Myth of Rescue" by William Rubinstein has no doubt been one of the most attacked books by reviewers on this matter of the Holocaust. Rubinstein disagrees with the idea that some scholars supported, that the allies could have done much more to help the Jews, and explains why it was so difficult to assist them. Rubinstein's construction of the situation faced by the Jews of Nazi occupied Europe demonstrates some coherent and thoughtful points about the period of the slaughter of the Jews.
His arguments in opposition to the suggestion made by the different scholars were based on the following facts.
In 1938-39, from the 10 millions Jews that were in continental Europe, among ...view middle of the document...
This gave the impression that more Jews were able to emigrate than was the case.
He argues that this was a proof that the British government showed some collaboration.
He also points out that new policies were established by the British to allowed "carte blanche" for the immigration of Jews. Also many German Jews refused to cross the border, because they believe that the crises and tensions would get solve
Again, Jews from Poland, Soviet Union and Poland didn't get any help because at that time they weren't refugees, but were free in their own countries, which weren't yet invaded and conquered by the Nazis.
A programme offered to the "National Committee for rescue from Nazi terror" by the biggest organization to help the Jews was a typical example of the futility of the plans. Rubinstein says: "this programme was a pathetic confession of helplessness and bankruptcy" because it concentrated on the idea of providing a safe haven for the Jews, whereas the real problem was that they were not being released in the first place.
Finally Rubinstein rejects the argument which is often made that the allies could have bombed Auschwitz or the railway lines leading up to it. He says that bombing Auschwitz would have killed lots of Jews without necessarily destroying the gas chambers. And if railways lines were destroyed, others were always available for use.
Now I'm going to say what I think about Rubinstein's points. In favour of him I think he made a very thoughtful point when he described the circumstances that Britain was in at the time of the killings. There could have emerged in Britain a wish to protect their nation from a possible invasion.
Most of the Jews were in Nazi controlled areas and were forbidden to emigrate from all over the Nazi occupied territory. They couldn't be reached by the allies and if they had tried to rescue them, they probably would have lost thousands of soldiers lives.
We can not forget that many German Jews refused to leave their homeland because they believed that the entire situation would be sorted out in Germany, and they maintained their hope in a new institutionalised regime. It was an option made by Jews and not by Nazis or the Allies.
Finally the attack on Auschwitz, would create a big impact in Jews lives, because would make...