belief that Hitlers death camps were a secret is a
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
nations most respected newspapers. If a reader searches the
New York Times front pages they could miss the horrific
stories about Nazi Germanys 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.
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.
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?