America and the Bombing of Auschwitz: The Importance of Asking the Right Questions
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History involves asking questions, and one of the questions frequently asked regarding the history of World War II is why the Auschwitz murder camp was never bombed. The assumption here is it should have been bombed, and the task of the historian is to discover the reasons why this never occurred. But what if a different question is posed, namely, why, in light of the history of the war and the normal behavior of nations, is the failure to bomb Auschwitz seen as so unusual and a topic of great debate?