The Following Two Events Took Place On The Same Day –
The Nazis Acted Immediately, US President Roosevelt Refused To Act
October 6, 1943 – Himmler wanted an acceleration of Jewish extermination
The Posen speeches were two speeches made by Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS of Nazi Germany, on 4 and 6 October 1943 in the town hall of Posen (Poznań), in German-occupied Poland. The recordings are the first known documents in which a member of the Hitler Cabinet spoke of the ongoing extermination of the Jews in extermination camps. They demonstrate that the German government wanted, planned and carried out the Holocaust.
October 6, 1943 – Rabbis March On Washington
The Rabbis’ March was a demonstration in support of American and allied action to stop the destruction of European Jewry. It took place in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 1943, three days before Yom Kippur. It was organized by Hillel Kook, nephew of the chief rabbi of Mandatory Palestine and head of the Bergson Group, and involved more than 400 rabbis, mostly members of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada, from New York and cities throughout the Eastern United States. It was the only such protest in Washington during the Holocaust.
The rabbis were received at steps of the Capitol by the Senate majority and minority leaders, and the Speaker of the House. After prayers for the war effort at the Lincoln Memorial the rabbis marched to the White House to plead with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. They were informed that the President was busy all day and were instead received by Vice President Henry Wallace. It was later learned that Roosevelt had several free hours that afternoon, but had avoided meeting the delegation out of concern regarding diplomatic neutrality and on the advice of some of his Jewish aides and several prominent American Jews, many of whom thought the protest would stir up anti-Semitism. They claimed that the protesting rabbis, many of whom were both Orthodox as well as recent immigrants (or first-generation Americans), “were not representative of American Jewry” and not the kind of Jews he should meet. Disappointed and angered by the President’s failure to meet with them, the rabbis stood in front of the White House where they were met by Senator William Warren Barbour and others, and refused to read their petition aloud, instead handing it off to the Presidential secretary, Marvin McIntyre.
The following article also explains the situation at that time-
History Repeats Itself – The New York Times – Showed Little Concern For The Jews In Europe
Buried by the Times is a 2005 book by Laurel Leff.
The book is a critical account of The New York Times‘s coverage of Nazi atrocities against Jews that culminated in the Holocaust. It argues that the news was often buried in the back pages in part due to the view about Judaism of the paper’s Jewish publisher, Arthur Hays Sulzberger. It also gives a critical look at the work of Times correspondents in Europe.
The following video also gives a good account of the NYT and its Holocaust coverage or lack thereof–
Since it is Hol Hamoed I normally would not publish articles but due to its relevance today I felt obligated to do so.