Allied responses 1939-45

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After the outbreak of war, the British government banned all immigration from Nazi-occupied territories. Refugees who had previously arrived from countries at war with Britain were now considered enemy aliens. The thirty thousand who had managed to get into the country were put into camps in places such as the Isle of Man and Sandwich, Kent. 

Until the outbreak of World War Two, the British press had full access to the events in Nazi Germany, which they reported. The American press had this access until December 1941 when Germany declared war on America 

By December 1942 the Allied governments had built up a dossier of evidence of Nazi atrocities. Yet, despite knowledge of the ‘Final Solution’ and pleas of help, there was no real effort by the allies to rescue the Jews of Europe.

The allies argued that they did not have the capacity to conduct accurate air raids on Nazi camps. They felt that a speedy victory in the war was the best method to put a stop to the Nazi atrocities and to save the Jews.