Did the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union work to bring an end to the Holocaust as soon as they could have?
Two local experts will explore this question in a program jointly sponsored by the Congregation Bet Haverim Israel Matters Committee and the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, at the church this Sunday, April 23, from 3 to 5 p.m..
The Lutheran Church of the Incarnation is at 1701 Russell Blvd. in Davis. The program will take place in the Fellowship Hall, and is free and open to the public.
Woodlander Alex Groth and Davisite Tony Tanke will examine the “roads not taken” by the Allied Powers in 1942, despite a now-documented awareness of the Holocaust as it was unfolding. This event will represent a re-teaming of Groth and Tanke, who co-led a related academic conference in Jerusalem in March 2015.
Groth is a member of the Bet Haverim community, a Holocaust survivor, UC Davis political science professor emeritus and author of three books: “Democracies Against Hitler” (1999), “Holocaust Voices” (2003) and “Accomplices: Churchill, Roosevelt and the Holocaust” (2011).
Tanke is an attorney, current president of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation and co-author of a chapter addressing Jewish immigration to Palestine during and after World War II in a forthcoming book, “The Allied Powers Response to the Holocaust” (expected 2018).
“We plan to explore briefly several of the Allied options not pursued, including facilitating migration of European Jews to Palestine and other places, broadcasting of information and warnings within Germany and occupied countries where massacres were taking place and possible military action and assistance — overt and covert, and direct and indirect,” Groth said.
(Source: The Davis Enterprise)