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Evening Lecture: Should the Allies Have Bombed Auschwitz?

Aerial view of Auschwitz/Birkenau Killing Center, 1944

Time: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Event Type: Public Program

Location: William M. Allen Theater

The Museum of Flight, in conjunction with the the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center (WSHERC), is proud to present an evening lecture on “The Bombing of Auschwitz: Why Didn’t The Allies Attempt It?” 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 will be Bob Herschkowitz, a Holocaust survivor from Belgium. As a young child, Bob and his family fled to France. His father escaped a French concentration camp and the family crossed the Alps by foot, finding refuge in Switzerland in 1943 (you can read more about Bob and other Holocaust survivors at (http://www.wsherc.org/center/survivorstories/survivorstories.aspx). He is also 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 can be found in The Bombing of Auschwitz, edited by Michael J. Neufeld and Michael Berenbaum, published by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C. as a summary of the April 1993 symposium jointly sponsored by the USHMM and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

This Program is free and open to the public.