Because Adolf Hitler was powerful and a ****.
At least 15 attempts were made upon Hitler's life*, many of them by Germans and people high up in the German army (who weren't happy with "Hitler's Germany" ). Yet all of them failed, because he was so well protected and the chain of command was so well planned out to protect against mutiny.
*Yes, I have just watched Valkyrie. OP, if you're interested in learning a bit about how the Germans tried to resist Hitler, this would be a good place to start.
There's something quite admirable about the sheer scale of the Nazis' evilness. I mean, that's a ******* accomplishment and a half there. God only knows how they managed it.
Well we were at war with them... I would call that something to try and stop it, even if their main aim wasn't to stop the holocaust..
Because the Jews could not resist. Look up "Armia Krajowa" or the "Warsaw Uprising" to see what people (i.e. poles) do when they figure out they're being genocided and are able to resist. By 1944 Armia Krajowa had 400,000 armed resistance members, although they were mostly Poles.
"When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out."
"How was the holocaust allowed to happen ?"
It wasn't, there was a war, read anything about that?
And did you know MANY people of authority didn't want to kill Hitler? After all he did bring the downfall of the Nazi Party with his invasion of Russia, if a more military aware individual had control of Germany they could have very well made it much, much worse.
I think people where scared that if they stood up to hitler they would also be sent to the camps.
I remember in primary school, we had a visit by Eva Schloss. She is the step sister of ann frank.
I remember her saying she was taken to chambers and it would either be water or gas that came out and if it was gas that came out, you didnt.
I was just looking at pictures and they just look skeletons with skin! Its very shocking images.
Propaganda is a terrifyingly powerful thing. Especially when used on desperate people.
Genocide is remarkably easy when you are ostensibly the government. They had germany covered by the start of the war pretty much, and immediately upon going into poland, set up stutthof to imprison (but not murder) the troublemakers. As a dictatorship, they controlled the media and hid the details, hence why the attempts on hitler were confined to the internal elements largely. Add into that the fact that the Germans were a hugely powerful military force - as bagration rightly points out, the armia krajowa, the polish resistance/liberation force, could not match the huge might of the well drilled, and far better equipped german army. The presence of infrastructure (rail lines, roads etc) and ghettos made movement of large numbers of people easier than ever, as did ig farben's efficient gas.
Bear in mind though, It was not just jews. slavs, gypsies, homosexuals, intellectuals, anyone 'subversive' etc were imprisoned and often killed.
most militaries ignored the camps by and large in favour of defeating the nazis - the russians marched right past stutthof, essentially signing hundreds of death warrants so they could march on towards berlin.
If they were fully concerned about the Jewish slaughter, then perhaps they had to make a decision on which was the greater good: Ridding Hitler but as lodzinski said, signing their death warrants or; liberating the imprisoned Jews whilst potentially letting Hitler survive and escape which would lead to the possibility of future re-occurances?
If you were in command at the time, which would you chose as the most important objective? 7 million lives for the removal of 1 life, or only 1 million lives but the other 1 life surviving with the possibility to return and do greater damage?