The common belief that Hitler’s death camps were a secret — is a myth.

During the years 1939-1945 when World War II was fought in Europe, Americans relied on newspapers to get the latest news from the front. Many reports of nazi "extermination camps" filter out to the mainstream American press, but the story rarely makes the front page of the nation’s most respected newspapers. If a reader searches the New York Times front pages they could miss the horrific stories about Nazi Germany’s systematic murder of more than 6 million Jews. But the story gradually emerges in grim detail as editors bury the stories in their newspapers’ back pages.

Many stories that do get reported miss the fact that Jews are the primary targets for execution. The press fails to recognize that Hitler is fighting two wars: One against the allies, and one against the Jews.

Several haunting questions emerge from these findings: If the press had pursued the story and highlighted its urgency, could it have influenced public opinion and in turn, government policy? If the press focused on this story, could lives have been saved?