21 January 2015
The event was part of a series commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi German camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. It featured a discussion moderated by Professor David Cesarani and was followed by a Q&A session.
By tracking Polish and other reports about Auschwitz from their source, and surveying how knowledge was gathered, controlled and distributed to different audiences, Prof Michael Fleming’s new book examines the extent to which information about the camp was passed on to the British and American authorities. 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.
Watch a video summary of the event in which Professors Fleming and Cesarani discuss Polish reports on the Holocaust that reached the Western Allies during the Second World War: