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(Solution) 150th Anniversary: 1851-2001; Turning Away From the Holocaust By MAX FRANKELNOV. 14, 2001 AND then there was failure: none greater than the...


Read the Article and answer the questionsWhat assumptions does the author of the text hold about the world/people?What assertions do you agree with or connect to in this text?What part of the text would you argue against or disagree with in some way?What part of the text makes you aspire something? Explain.150th Anniversary: 1851-2001; Turning Away

 

From the Holocaust

 

By MAX FRANKEL

 

NOV. 14, 2001

 

AND then there was failure: none greater than the staggering, staining failure of The

 

New York Times to depict Hitler's methodical extermination of the Jews of Europe as a

 

horror beyond all other horrors in World War II -- a Nazi war within the war crying out

 

for illumination.

 

The annihilation of six million Jews would not for many years become distinctively

 

known as the Holocaust. But its essence became knowable fast enough, from ominous

 

Nazi threats and undisputed eyewitness reports collected by American correspondents,

 

agents and informants. Indeed, a large number of those reports appeared in The Times.

 

But they were mostly buried inside its gray and stolid pages, never featured, analyzed

 

or rendered truly comprehensible.

 

Yet what they printed made clear that the editors did not long mistrust the ghastly

 

reports. They presented them as true within months of Hitler's secret resolve in 1941 to

 

proceed to the ''final solution'' of his fantasized ''Jewish problem.''

 

Why, then, were the terrifying tales almost hidden in the back pages? Like most --

 

though not all -- American media, and most of official Washington, The Times drowned

 

its reports about the fate of Jews in the flood of wartime news. Its neglect was far from

 

unique and its reach was not then fully national, but as the premier American source of

 

wartime news, it surely influenced the judgment of other news purveyors.

 

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While a few publications -- newspapers like The Post (then liberal) and PM in New

 

York and magazines like The Nation and The New Republic -- showed more

 

conspicuous concern, The Times's coverage generally took the view that the atrocities

 

inflicted upon Europe's Jews, while horrific, were not significantly different from those

 

visited upon tens of millions of other war victims, nor more noteworthy.

 

Six Years, Six Page 1 Articles

 

Only six times in nearly six years did The Times's front page mention Jews as Hitler's

 

unique target for total annihilation. Only once was their fate the subject of a lead

 

editorial. Only twice did their rescue inspire passionate cries in the Sunday magazine.

 

Although The Times's news columns in those years did not offer as much analysis or

 

synthesis as they do today, the paper took great pride in ranking the importance of

 

events each morning and in carefully reviewing the major news of every week and

 

every year. How could it happen that the war on the Jews never qualified for such

 

highlighted attention?

 


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