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Letters: Who knew of Hitler's crimes?

September 11, 2013

Re "Hitler's unrepentant bodyguard," Obituary, Sept. 7

The late Rochus Misch said he had no knowledge of the atrocities Adolf Hitler perpetrated against the Jews despite his daily contact with him.

Everybody else knew. FDR and Winston Churchill knew. Jews throughout the world knew, and leaders of Jewish organizations tirelessly and unsuccessfully worked to get the Allied powers to intercede. People throughout Europe knew when they saw Jews brutally torn from their homes and hauled away, never to return.

The group that did not know was the German public, even those who lived within smelling distance of the crematories.

Richard Shafarman

Santa Clarita


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