Causes Of The Holocaust

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The Serbian-Bosnian conflict in the mid-1990s, the Rwanda Genocide in 1990, and the Darfur Crisis in the early-200s; all of these events were reported on extensively by most major American newspapers including, The New York Times. But, these events were post-Holocaust when The New York Times had learn its lesson from how the paper handled covering the Holocaust in the early and mid-twentieth century. In this paper, I will examine why The New York Times buried reports of the Nazi regime and why some Holocaust survivors might prefer it that way. Elie Wiesel once said, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” When discussing the Holocaust, the notion of “silence” is often brought up. Why did the American public not know of the atrocities being committed by the Nazi regime against the Jewish population of Europe until after World War II was over even when the press held the information? The American public was largely kept in the dark about what was happening in Europe, partly because of the press coverage. Large newspapers like The New York Times refused to report on the crimes and instead would bury Holocaust stories deep within the newspaper where it was hard for readers to find (Kennerly). For example, The Times placed a story about the murder of 700,000 Jews on page six, but had a report about Governor Lehman's donation of his tennis shoes to a scrap rubber drive on page one of the
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