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Why wasn’t the Holocaust stopped sooner?
Answered by Elie Wiesel
  • Elie Wiesel

    Elie Wiesel

  1. Elie Wiesel Nobel Peace Laureate, Boston University Professor


    TRANSCRIPT:

    Then? Believe me I don't know. Even the world leadership of course understood what was coming. The signs were there. Hitler's "Mein Kampf" came out even even before he became Reichfuhrer. And then, when you study contemporary history – recently I read Goebbels's diary. They were always waiting. Auschwitz was not the first step; it was almost the last in their plan to eliminate the Jewish people. But they tried, waiting for an answer from the so-called "civilized world." When they didn't come, they went on.  First, it was simply propaganda, anti-Semitic propaganda. Then the Nuremburg laws. Then the yellow stars. Then the ghettos. Then the deportations. And each time they were waiting. What will the world say? And they realized the world couldn't care less. So they said, if the Jews are unimportant to the world, why should they be important to us?

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