“ From biblical times to the present day, Jews have wandered the uncertain terrain between power and powerlessness, never quite achieving the power necessary to guarantee long-term security, but equally avoiding, with a number of disastrous exceptions, the abyss of absolute impotence. They developed the consummate skill of living with uncertainty and insecurity.”
The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust as Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, by Michael Berenbaum
Babies It did not matter that they were babies. They were future adult Jews. Babies were frequently killed by bashing their heads against a wall, by tossing them in the air for target practice, or, if a mother would not give her child up, they would shoot the baby and mother with one bullet.
On April 12, 1945, Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, and George Patton visited Ohrdruf concentration camp. Eisenhower wrote to Chief of Staff General George Marshall, to report, “….the things I saw beggar description.” The evidence of starvation and bestiality was “so overpowering as to leave me a bit sick.” Eisenhower visited “every nook and cranny.” It was his duty, he said, “to be in a position from then on to testify at first hand about these things in case there ever grew up at home the belief… ‘that the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda.’” Eisenhower issued an order for every American unit in the area to visit the camp.
Eisenhower also issued a call to the press back home. Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., the dean of American journalists, viewed the camps. He initially had a “suspicious frame of mind,” and expected that many of the terrible reports were exaggerations and largely propaganda. However, he said the initial reports were understatements. Within days, congressional delegations visited the camps, along with journalists and photographers.
Edward R. Murrow of CBS gave a stunning, matter-of-fact description of the piles of emaciated bodies at Buchenwald concentration camp during his radio broadcast on April 15, 1945. He said, “I pray to you to believe what I have said about Buchenwald. I have reported what I saw and heard, but only part of it; for most of it I have no words.” He added, “If I have offended you by this rather mild account of Buchenwald, I am not in the least sorry.”
“ First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out-- because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade-unionists and I did not speak out-- because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.” Pastor Martin Niemoller
More than six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust.