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The United States responded the Holocaust during the war by not showing much interest. Congress did not raise Immigration quotas, and even the existing quotas for Jews went unfilled. In 1944, nearly two years later of knowing about this, Roosevelt created the War Refugee Board to try to help people that were threatened by Nazis. Despite the late start, the WRB's programs helped saved some 200,000 lives.

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America's reaction to the Holocaust was dealt with very poorly, up until its full understanding of what the Nazi's were really plotting to do. If it wasn't for Americas delayed reaction to the Holocaust, it would have gone to be much longer. But also, if America had dealt with the situation much earlier, the Holocaust would have ended sooner.

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The American public at large was ignorant of the wide-spread genocide, especially the crimes occuring in the East. Washington knew from intelligence sources and from a pair of prisoners who had escaped from Auschwitz and, mericulously, made it to the USA. In fact, the US was even aware of the percise location of the main railway leading to Auschwitz, but refused to bomb it, stating that it was not a military priority. Sad but true. One of the after-effects of American Holocaust awareness was probably a dutiful sense of solidarity with newly-independant Israel in 1948; the Americans gave official recognision of the Jewish State within 24 hours of it's existance.

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