Remembering Richard L. Rubenstein, the radical theologian

By Michael Berenbaum, May 16, 2021

The 1966 publication of the first edition of “After Auschwitz” assured Richard L. Rubenstein’s place in Jewish theology.

Written 21 years after the liberation of the camps and 18 years after Israel’s creation, the issues raised in “After Auschwitz” were so remarkably simple, his points so basic, that they could not be ignored.

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Professor of Jewish Studies claims the Allies should have bombed Auschwitz …

… to prevent further massacres because 'protest in the wake of genocide is much better than nothing'

There were various attempts by Allied commanders and politicians to bring the plan to fruition throughout the war, but it was ultimately rejected on the grounds that British planes would not be able accurately bomb the gas chambers and railway lines.

Winston Churchill initially supported the idea, but later agreed that a precision strike had a high chance of failure, and also objected to the high death toll of innocent prisoners.

However, Professor Berenbaum said: ‘All the excuses for not bombing Auschwitz omit the most compelling reason for not bombing Auschwitz. It would have been recognition of what was happening there was totally evil and unacceptable to the world itself.'

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