|Winston Churchill to Anthony Eden, July 7, 1944
Debate still rages among historians as to whether the Allies could have done more to stop or reduce the atrocities of the Holocaust. By July 1944, it is clear that the Allied leaders knew of the existence of the Auschwitz death-camp complex. In this note to Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, Churchill supports a request made by the Jewish Agency for Palestine that the Royal Air Force should destroy the railway lines leading to the camp. The operation was never undertaken by British or American forces.
Facsimile. Churchill Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, U.K. (213.2)
World War II