What was the extent of allied knowledge regarding the mass murder of Jews at Auschwitz during the Second World War? The question is one which continues to prompt heated historical debate, and Michael Fleming's important new book offers a definitive account of just how much the Allies knew. By tracking Polish and other reports about Auschwitz from their source, and surveying how knowledge was gathered, controlled and distributed to different audiences, the book examines the extent to which information about the camp was passed on to the British and American authorities, and how the dissemination of this knowledge was limited by propaganda and information agencies in the West. In a fascinating new study, the author reveals that the Allies had extensive knowledge of the mass killing of Jews at Auschwitz much earlier than previously thought; but the publicising of this information was actively discouraged in Britain and the US.
Michael Fleming is a graduate of the University of London and the University of Oxford. He completed his doctoral research at the University of Oxford, including a year affiliated to the University of Warsaw. He has since taught at Jesus College and Pembroke College, Oxford, and at the Academy of Humanities and Economics, Lodz. He has also been a visiting researcher at the Pultusk School of Humanities and at the Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. He is currently a professor at the Polish University Abroad, London, and conference secretary to the Institute for Polish Jewish Studies. In 2011, he was awarded the Aquila Polonica Prize. Fleming is the author of Communism, Nationalism and Ethnicity in Poland, 1944-1950 (2010) and many articles examining twentieth-century history.
Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Censorship, self-censorship and the discursive environment; 3. The Polish government in exile in London; 4. Intelligence about Auschwitz: November 1940-February 1943; 5. British suppression of news of Auschwitz: March 1943-June/July 1944; 6. Reassessing the significance of the Vrba/Wetzler report; 7. Conclusion; Appendix 1. Information about Auschwitz to reach the West, November 1942-June 1944; Appendix 2. Archives and historians; Bibliography; Index.