I think that the various free countries of the world should face the fact that they bear some guilt for the Holocaust and indeed, for Hitler’s European War.
Hitler’s first act of aggression was the invasion of the Rheinland. He was breaking the treaties that his country had signed at the end for WWI. He was clearly committing an extremely illegal act of war.
Why didn’t the rest of the world STOP HIM!!!
Although he had secretly built up the German army, he did not have a huge force at this point. The countries of the world could have said, “NO!” and hauled his puny little armies back across the border into Germany with a stern, “Nein, don’t you EVER try that again!”
I’ve read that if this had happened, there is a good chance that Hitler would have committed suicide because of the disgrace.
It’s unlikely that any other man in the National Socialist Party would have had the smarts to take over the party and run the country, and it’s very possible that Germany would have plunged into anarchy, or perhaps the ill-fated Weimar Republic would have been restored. (Probably not).
It’s possible that the country would have fallen to Communism, which isn’t pleasant and perhaps there would have been almost as many deaths at the hands of the KGB.
But I don’t think any alternative would have been as bad as Hitler’s Third Reich and Final Solution.Twelve million people dead in the camps, and many tens of millions of the world’s soldiers and civilians dead in the war.
I’ve read that the main reason the world did nothing about the Rheinland is that we were all (especially the U.S.) sick of war and wanted “peace.” Some peace.
The question will haunt me forever. Why didn’t we stop them? Why did we wait until Hitler got strong? Why didn’t we slap his hand the instant he broke the rules? Why did we sacrifice so many millions of people for the sake of “peace?”
If only…if only…if only…God have mercy on the ones who made the decision to let Hitler get away with it.