Aerial Evidence: Why Wasn’t Auschwitz Bombed?

As early as 1944, the United States Air Force obtained knowledge of the Jewish extermination camp at Auschwitz through aerial photography images. This intelligence mission was intended for the bombing of the adjacent rubber and fuel factory at Monowitz. Jewish leaders pleaded with the United States’ government to bomb Auschwitz and stop this “murder machine.” Officials declined to bomb Auschwitz, stating that they would not be able to bomb the area with sufficient accuracy. The IG Farben Factory at Monowitz was bombed twice, successfully.

Aerial Evidence: Why Wasn’t Auschwitz Bombed? (Oil painting).