How did the world respond?

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The world was aware of the Nazi's antisemitic policies and actions from the very beginning. This photograph of the book burning in Germany during March 1933 appeared in News Week on 27 March 1933. Why did the world not act against the Nazis?
© 2012 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

From the Nazi rise to power through to the outbreak of war, the world had access to a wide range of sources of information and evidence about the Nazi's actions and policies. Even after the outbreak of war the Allies were building up a dossier of evidence of the Nazi atrocities. However, the response of the Allies left much to be desired.  

Whilst there may have been responses from individual politicians and some organisations, there was very little protest from governments. 

This political and diplomatic weakness encouraged Hitler to continue his brutal policies against the Jews and his political enemies. Hitler was also initially able to develop his policy of expansion across Europe, with little official reaction from the wider world.

The ‘Responses’ section of The Holocaust Explained seeks to explain how people across the world responded to the events in Nazi controlled Europe. This includes the treatment of communities and peoples by the Nazis and their accomplices.

More importantly, the section seeks to question why some people acted in a way that enabled or allowed the Nazis to carry out their inhumane polices and why others acted to protect and save lives.