Lecture asks "should the Allies have bombed Auschwitz?"



SEATTLE, Jan. 2, 2013--On Jan. 17, The Museum of Flight in conjunction with the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center (WSHERC), presents an evening lecture about one of the most provocative questions of World War II: "Should the Allies have bombed Auschwitz?" After wide-ranging debate, the Allies chose not to bomb the huge Auschwitz complex or the railroad networks that headed there, despite the known fact the Nazis were deporting Jews to Auschwitz by the tens of thousands. The featured speaker at the Museum event will be Robert Herschkowitz, a Holocaust survivor from Belgium. The program is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and is free.

Bob Herschkowitz and his family fled to France when he was a young child. His father escaped a French concentration camp and the family crossed the Alps by foot, finding refuge in Switzerland in 1943. Herschkowitz is a retired Naval commander, a Boeing Engineer, served as the President of the Board of the WSHERC, and is currently a member of the WSHERC speakers bureau. Some of the material discussed in the Museum program can be found in "The Bombing of Auschwitz," edited by Michael J. Neufeld and Michael Berenbaum, published by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


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