Newly disclosed documents prove Allied forces in World War II were fully cognizant of the mass murders and torturous human rights violations in the Holocaust — and the full scope of those atrocities — committed by Adolf Hitler’s fascist Nazis, nearly three years before joining the fight.

“The major powers commented [on the mass murder of Jews] two-and-a-half years before it is generally assumed,” Dan Plesch, author of the newly published, Human Rights After Hitler, and Director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London, told The Independent.

For two-and-a-half years, Plesch learned, the Allies appeared to have allowed heinous crimes against humanity — the killing of millions of innocent Jewish and marginalized peoples — to be carried out at various concentration camps in nations under Nazi occupation. The Independent reports:

“Newly accessed material from the United Nations – not seen for around 70 years – shows that as early as December 1942, the US, UK and Soviet governments were aware that at least two million Jews had been murdered and a further five million were at risk of being killed, and were preparing charges. Despite this, the Allied Powers did very little to try and rescue or provide sanctuary to those in mortal danger.”


Of course, pointing this out does not mean one condones war, however, it should be known that potentially millions of lives could’ve been spared had Allied Powers simply let in refugees.

“Indeed,” the report continues, “in March 1943, Viscount Cranborne, a minister in the war cabinet of Winston Churchill, said the Jews should not be considered a special case and that the British Empire was already too full of refugees to offer a safe haven to any more.”

It wasn’t until public comment on the topic years later that the Allied forces hinted at the scope of atrocities taking place behind the barbed-wire confines of Hitler’s death camps.

“It was assumed they learned [of the mass murders] when they discovered the concentration camps, but they made this public comment in December 1942,” Plesch continued.

“The German authorities,” announced UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden to British Parliament at the time, “not content with denying to persons of Jewish race in all the territories over which their barbarous rule extends, the most elementary human rights, are now carrying into effect Hitler’s oft-repeated intention to exterminate the Jewish people.”

In research, the professor discovered the Allies planned to hold Hitler and the Nazis accountable for killing millions of Jews using documents smuggled outside occupied lands by networks of resistance and rebel groups. Among the documents was an indictment of Hitler for ‘war crimes dating from 1944.’


In full awareness of the horrific deaths of so many innocents, Plesch noted, the Allies never spearheaded a categorical attempt to free prisoners and shut down the notorious concentration camps, despite the voluminous body of pictures, documents, and other evidence brought forth during war crimes trials, which the major powers would have previously seen first hand.

Further, Herbert Pell, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s envoy to the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC), had been met with sharp resistance from anti-Semites in the State Department — ostensively due to concerns the nation’s involvement would impact its economic relationship with Germany after the war.

“After Mr Pell went public with the scandal, the State Department agreed to the prosecution of the Nazi leadership at Nuremberg, something that gathered pace after the highly publicised liberation of the concentration camps in the summer of 1945,” reports the Independent.

Plesch explained, “Among the reason given by the US and British policy makers for curtailing prosecutions of Nazis was the understanding that at least some of them would be needed to rebuild Germany and confront Communism, which at the time was seen as a greater danger.”

For 70 years, the UNWCC document cache had been restricted from public and research perusal — until former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Powers made the archive available.

Precisely how much Allied forces knew of the death camps and horrific abuses perpetrated by the Nazi regime more than two years before publicly commenting, and five years prior to the summer 1945 liberation, cannot, however, be gleaned from the assortment of documents in the archive.

“Notwithstanding this, it remains unclear to what extent Allied and neutral leaders understood the full import of their information,” Plesch said. “The utter shock of senior Allied commanders who liberated camps at the end of the war may indicate that this understanding was not complete.”

Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship. To keep up with the latest uncensored news, follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @Subversive_Pen.
  • J Coleman

    Be happy millions of Americans went off to fight instead of bitching it took too long One of my uncles never came home and my Grandfather who was a paratrooper lost an arm in an explosion while in France fighting. Millions of people died or had their lives destroyed. Why is it only the Jews that think they were the only ones effected?

    • Little_Caesar

      We fought in a very unnecessary war just as we did in WW1.

  • Bruce_Mitchell

    Be unhappy that it was British and American financiers and industrialists who did business with the Nazi regime that made the buildup of the German war machine possible.

    • Little_Caesar

      Read about all of the peace offers Germany made to Poland and England and then tell me who most wanted war.

      • Bruce_Mitchell

        Missing the point entirely. Had British and US financiers and industrialists not enabled the Nazi government by financing and supplying it, there would have been no war.

    • J Coleman

      You propose the allies should have made it impossible for Germany recover after ww1?

      • Bruce_Mitchell

        British and American financiers and industrialists both financed and supplied the Nazi regime in the building of a war machine, and they knew what they were doing. This had nothing to do with benign “recovery” yet everything to do with promoting fascism. Without their help, Hitler could never have built up the German war machine nor prosecuted the war.

  • Gordon Klock

    There are several scary “conspiracy theories” that say, most of the ‘key nazis’ were secretly “Jewish” themselves, & the purpose of the ‘holocaust’, was to purge the ranks of non political Jews from Europe, at the same time creating a seemingly valid reason, for the creation of the modern state of Israel….(I have no idea, if any of this is true, but it always felt to me that there was a lot going on during that war, that is still being hidden, but maybe I’m just being paranoid)…

  • Sherry

    We ALL know the big business don’t care about people… any people… but people care. The American citizens did not know and there was nothing they could have done had they known BUT the German People DID know and they were RIGHT there. Some did what they could. The countries bordering Germany knew… they did nothing… People keep crying about how “America shouldn’t be the policeman of the world” and then turn around & blame America for not doing more intervention in the actions of other countries. You can not have it both ways.

  • On a related note, there were many things, good, bad, and shocking that the US public was not told about the US relationship with USSR/Stalin at the time of WWII and afterwards. These included the reality of the Katyn massacre, the magnitude the USSR’s struggle against Nazi germany – i.e. the Eastern from was only the USSR and casualties on both sides there were 4X greater than the entire Western front of UK/France/US/Canada/Italy etc., the extent of USSR spying that was discovered by the Venona project, the USSR penetration of the Manhattan atomic project, and early US policy of nuclear blackmail for getting our way. The public, with a more casual, internationalist view of Stalin/USSR was really sanbagged going into the Cold War, not really understanding the propaganda and deception coming from both sides and justifiable paranoia the USSR had about the possibility of more catastrophic invasions of their homeland.

  • Jason Bradley
  • Little_Caesar

    “Concentration camps” has been co opted as a name for a killing camp. The Jewish issue in Germany is but a very small part of the overall history of the war.