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Viscount Cranborne, a minister in the war cabinet of Winston Churchill, said the Jews should not be considered a special case and that the British Empire was "already too full of refugees to offer a safe haven to any more." Plesch stated that the major powers began drawing up war crimes charges based on witness testimony smuggled from the camps and from the resistance movements in various countries occupied by the Nazis.
He also discovered Allied documents indicting Hitler for war crimes dating from 1944.
Once in a while, though, Zemeckis makes a film that reminds you what a terrific director he can be when he works the old-fashioned way, staging unadorned human drama without the safety net of cutting-edge visual flimflam.
“Allied,” starring Brad Pitt as a Canadian intelligence officer and Marion Cotillard as a French Resistance fighter who team up for a mission during World War II (and, of course, fall in love), is a high-style romantic espionage thriller that feels like it could have been made in the ’40s (at least, if Ingrid Bergman had been allowed to say the word “f—-“).
Yet despite this the Allies did very little to save those Jews in danger.
British Foreign Minister Anthony Eden said to the British parliament in December 1942 that "the German authorities, not content with denying to persons of Jewish race in all the territories over which their barbarous rule extends, the most elementary human rights, are now carrying into effect Hitler’s oft-repeated intention to exterminate the Jewish people.” Yet despite this the British showed no inclination to provide shelter for refugees.
Robert Zemeckis has a vastly diverse slate of motion pictures to his credit, but it’s not unfair to associate him with a certain technological fixation on stunt-gizmo cinema.
In nearly 40 years of directing, he has implanted cartoons in the real world (“Who Framed Roger Rabbit”), inserted actors into newsreels (“Forrest Gump”), become the rubbery bard of motion capture (“The Polar Express,” “Beowulf,” “A Christmas Carol”), and used death-defying effects to place audiences on a wire strung between the towers of the World Trade Center (“The Walk”).
The new book was written by Dan Plesch, a professor at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London who succeeded in obtaining hitherto unpublished documents of the United Nations' War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) shedding light on the prosecution of Axis war crimes.
The main facts of the book, named were published in the British Independent newspaper Tuesday.
The most surprising revelation is that contrary to previous contentions that the Allies only learned of the extent of the Holocaust in 1944, documents now show that in December 1942 "The US, Britain and the Soviet administration knew that at least two million Jews had been murdered." In an official classified statement, the Allies acknowledged that a "massacre of Jews" was taking place in Nazi-occupied Europe.