- Diplomatic appeasement of fascist states
- Corporate America and the Nazis
- Responses to Jewish repression in Germany
- Internationalism and isolationism
- Road to war
- Battle of the Atlantic
- War in Asia and the Pacific
- Soviet resurgence
- The idea of a Second Front
- British-American campaigns in North Africa and Italy
- Allied bombing of Germany (phase one)
- The Western Front
- Allied bombing (phase two)
- The Eastern Front
- The Elbe River linkup: A lost opportunity for peace
- Occupational atrocities
- Island warfare
- A brutal race war
- The bombing of Japan
- Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs
- Hibakusha Stories
- Explaining the war: A higher moral purpose
- Japanese American internment
- The war economy and society
- The peace movement
- The global future debate
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- U.S. officials supported Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini and were conciliatory toward German dictator Adolf Hitler until 1939, operating under the assumption that fascism was a force for stability and a bulwark against communism.
- Prior to the war, major U.S. corporations such as Ford, General Motors, DuPont, and Standard Oil invested heavily in Nazi Germany, helping to build the Nazi war machine.
- The U.S. government did little to help European Jews seeking to emigrate. By June 1939, the waiting list of Germans and Austrians seeking entry into the U.S. had grown to 309,782.
- As of November 1941, the Roosevelt administration expected a Japanese attack but was uncertain as to when and where. The attack came on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, ending a heated domestic debate on U.S. involvement in the war.
- The U.S. war in the Pacific took on aspects of a racial war, with the Japanese described as “rats” and pictured with sinister features. Racial prejudice was also directed at American citizens and residents of Japanese ancestry. A presidential order forced 120,000 living in West Coast States to abandon their homes and businesses and live in barren internment camps for the duration of the war.
- In the European theater, the Soviet Red Army accounted for three-quarters of German casualties and turned the tide of the war in January 1943.
- Soviet leader Joseph Stalin urged the U.S. and Great Britain to open a Second Front in Western Europe, but British Prime Minister Winston Churchill repeatedly pushed for delays. The British-American-Canadian “D-day” invasion took place on June 6, 1944.
- The war saw the creation of a dizzying array of new and horrifying military technologies including flamethrowers, bazookas, recoilless rifles, radar, guided missiles, PT “devil boats” armed with automatic weapons and torpedoes, napalm (jellied gasoline that burns the flesh) pilotless airplanes or drones. It also witnessed the first use of computers for military purposes.
- Mass bombing of civilians became standard fare in the war. The U.S. Army Air Force initially attempted “precision bombing” of enemy assets but by 1944 had moved to general “area bombing,” obliterating cities and killing civilians en masse. The U.S. firebombed Tokyo on March 10, 1945, killing 90,000 Japanese civilians in single night.
- The U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 killed approximately 200,000 people on impact, and tens of thousands more from radiation poisoning and cancer. Seven out of eight top U.S. military commanders, including General Douglas MacArthur, believed the use of atomic bombs was unnecessary from a strategic-military vantage point.
- There were more than 43,000 conscientious objectors to war in World War II, three times as many as in World War I. Of these, 6,600 men were imprisoned for either refusing to register for the draft or rejecting alternative service work.
- An estimated 80 million people died from war-related causes in World War II, amounting to three percent of the 1940 world population of 2.3 billion. U.S. military and civilian war deaths totaled 419,000, less than one percent of worldwide deaths attributed to the war. The Soviet Union, by contrast, suffered 20-27 million fatalities, and China, 10-15 million.
As late as November 1941, U.S. ambassador to Japan Joseph Grew believed that compromise with Japan was still possible and war could be avoided. He urged his superiors in Washington to adopt a more conciliatory posture. Had not the U.S. accepted the British, French, and Dutch empires in Asia? Why not also a restrained Japanese empire? Most Washington officials, however, particularly Secretary of War Henry Stimson, opposed further appeasement of the Japanese militarists.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, for his part, was most concerned with the war in Europe, which had begun in September 1939, particularly with the survival of Great Britain. Indeed, his generals had drawn up a contingency war plan aimed at “the complete military defeat of Germany.” The problem for Roosevelt was that the great majority of Americans had no interest in fighting any war, be it in Europe or Asia. At a cabinet meeting on November 7, 1941, the president asked his advisers “whether the people would back us up in case we struck at Japan down there and what the tactics should be.” Four days before that meeting, Ambassador Grew had sent a telegram to the State Department warning that if conciliation failed, “Japan may resort, with dangerous and dramatic suddenness to measures which might make inevitable war with the United States.”
The possibility of war was discussed again at a special “War Cabinet” meeting at the White House on Monday, November 25. Stimson recorded in his diary that the president “brought up the event that we were likely to be attacked perhaps (as soon as) next Monday, for the Japanese are notorious for making an attack without warning, and the question was how we should maneuver them into the position of firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves. It was a difficult proposition.”
Roosevelt, in other words, clearly expected war but did not want to initiate it, lest the American people fail to unify behind it. Some critics have argued that the president was intent on provoking an incident with Japan in order to justify U.S. entry into the war. The oil embargo in particular was devastating to Japan and made an attack on the U.S. more likely.
The “first shot,” in any case, proved more devastating than expected. On December 7 and 8, Japanese forces launched an attack, not only on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, located almost 4,000 miles east of Japan, but also against the Philippines, Guam, Midway Island, Wake Island, Malaya, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand. On December 8, Roosevelt asked Congress for a declaration of war against Japan. Three days later, Nazi Germany declared war against the United States.
Mussolini provided the role model for Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. Upon Hitler’s appointment as chancellor in January 1933, American ambassador to Germany Frederic Sackett wrote, “From the standpoint of stable political conditions, it is perhaps well that Hitler is now in a position to wield unprecedented power.” The U.S. State Department drew favorable comparisons between Italian fascism and German Nazism, identifying both Mussolini and Hitler as leaders of the “moderate sections” of their parties as distinct from the violent extremes. The U.S. embassy in Berlin added that “in the field of economics and finance . . . American businesses in Germany had nothing to fear.” Indeed, they did not, as U.S.-based corporations, including General Motors, Ford, Standard Oil Company, IBM, and Chase Manhattan Bank, invested and profited from their operations in Nazi Germany. According to Schmitz:
Although never praising Hitler in the same manner as it did Mussolini, the State Department did find reasons to be optimistic about Hitler and the American ability to influence Berlin. The same criteria for judging fascist Italy would be used with Nazi Germany. The key factors would be Nazi economic and foreign policies, not the nature of the Nazi regime. . . . His [Hitler’s] Nazi Party promised a strong anticommunist force in Central Europe, stability, and order.
In 1937, after more than four years of Nazi dictatorial rule and anti-Jewish policies and propaganda, the U.S. State Department continued to maintain that fascist-type governments were compatible with U.S. interests, free trade, and the international order. A February 1937 report written by the department’s European Division defined fascism as a respectable movement of the propertied classes aimed at defending the existing order and private property against Bolshevism. Where fascism was in power, the authors judged that “it must succeed or the masses, this time reinforced by the disillusioned middle classes, will again turn to the Left.” The goal of the United States, as such, was to ensure that Germany would recover economically. Should the economy falter, they warned, “war is possible, if not probable.”
The Second World War was a “total war” in which previous international protocols concerning the protection of civilians were abandoned. The historian Antony Beevor has labeled the war “the greatest man-made disaster in history.” The atomic bombs dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, respectively, killed over 200,000 people, with cancer and radiation sickness killing countless more over time. The Truman administration insisted that the bombings were necessary to end the war quickly and save American lives, but much historical evidence challenges this justification (see Section VII).
Studs Terkel noted in “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II (1984) two additional reasons for the benefic label: “Wartime prosperity had extended into an exhilarating period of postwar prosperity. The United States had become the most powerful industrial as well as military power in the world.” Again, these were uniquely American experiences, and the latter attribute, predominant military power, was not necessarily welcomed by other countries. Reverend A. J. Muste, a revolutionary pacifist, was prescient in foreseeing that the Allied victory would yield “a new American empire” incorporating a subservient Britain. He wrote in 1941, “The problem after a war is the victor. He thinks he has just proved that war and violence pay. Who will now teach him a lesson?” Muste’s concern was echoed by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Gene La Rocque, who told Terkel in an interview:
You could argue World War Two had to be fought. Hitler had to be stopped. Unfortunately, we translate it unchanged to the situation today. . . . World War Two has warped our view of how we look at things today. We see things in terms of that war, which in a sense was a good war. But the memory of it encourages the men of my generation to be willing, almost eager, to use military force anywhere in the world.
In the aftermath of the war, a “victory culture” emerged in the U.S., cultivated in part by Hollywood films that glorified war and presented a distorted, Manichaean view of global affairs. U.S. leaders projected this view onto the emerging Cold War between the U.S. and Soviet Union, turning a geopolitical rivalry into a mythic struggle between freedom and totalitarianism. In reality, the U.S. supported many dictatorial governments before, during, and after the Second World War while Great Britain lorded over a vast empire in Asia and Africa. The Second World War proved to be a pivotal turning point in America’s transition from a regional power to a global power. In the coming years, its influence would be sustained, like that of other empires in the past, by considerable violence.
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Hitler as a youth developed a glorified view of war, hearing romanticized stories about the Franco-Prussian War and the Boer War and adventure stories of the American West written by Karl Friedrich May, which became his passion. At the age of 25, Hitler found new meaning and purpose in life with the outbreak of the Great War (World War I), which he called “the greatest and most unforgettable time of my earthly existence.” On August 2, 1914, one day after Germany declared war on Russia, Hitler could be seen in a photograph enwrapped in war hysteria at a huge patriotic demonstration on Munich’s Odeonsplatz. Three days later, though he was a citizen of Austria-Hungary, Hitler volunteered for service in the German Bavarian Infantry regiment.
The Weimar Republic (1918-1933) gained its name because the national assembly met in the classic city of German literature, Weimar. Many within and outside of Germany hoped that the government would inaugurate a new democratic era, the authoritarian role of the Kaiser having been replaced by a chancellor selected by the majority party in the Reichstag (national legislature). The nation did, in fact, witness a cultural renaissance and the growth of a multiparty democracy, albeit amid economic hardship, hyperinflation, and an undercurrent of anger over the Great War. A budding peace movement also arose in the early 1920s. Mass marches were held in Berlin and other cities under the banner of “Never Again War.” Supported by the German Peace Society, the church-based German World Alliance, and notable figures such as Albert Einstein, winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, peace advocates eschewed rightist appeals for revenge and promoted a different lesson from the Great War.
Two days earlier, the Nazis opened a concentration camp for political prisoners at Dachau, located on the outskirts of Munich in what had once been a pleasant artist colony. The initial targets were not Jews per se, but rather communists, socialists, trade unionists, and intellectuals – any journalist, editor, judge, lawyer, professor, writer, minister or priest who dared criticize Nazi policies or ideas. Those imprisoned had no legal recourse and were exploited as forced laborers. A saying began to circulate around the country, in whispers: “Lieber Herr Gott, mach mich stumm, Das ich nicht nach Dachau komm'” (“Dear God, make me dumb [mute], That I may not to Dachau come.”) Dachau became the model for other concentration camps. The first order of business after taking power, in other words, was the elimination of all political and intellectual challenges and alternatives to the Nazi order.
However odious the Hitler regime, its national economic program was effective in pulling Germany out of the Great Depression, ending the unemployment crisis in five years, though average workers’ wages remained relatively low. Providing job security for the masses, in turn, generated public support for the party. The Nazis furthermore enticed the German people by promoting “the people’s community” (Volksgemeinschaft), which included folk festivals and parades organized in cities, towns, and villages across Germany. Along with folk culture, Nazi officials appropriated high German culture, paying respect to artistic expressions – art, dance, theater, music – shorn of all Jewish contributions. Long-term indoctrination was accomplished in part by Hitler Youth groups which boys and girls ten years and older were required to join. The program mixed ideological instruction, nationalistic rituals, vigorous outdoor exercise, and social camaraderie. For boys, regular military drills prepared them for service in the Wehrmacht (army) at age eighteen.
Hitler appointed Joseph Goebbels to lead the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. With a doctorate in Philology from the University of Heidelberg in 1921, Goebbels studied Woodrow Wilson’s propaganda techniques in the First World War that had effectively demonized Germans as barbaric “Huns.” He was impressed with Edward Bernay’s book, Propaganda (1928), which set forth the subtle means by which corporate and governmental elites could sway public opinion without the public catching on. Bernay’s career stretched from serving the Wilson administration’s wartime propaganda agency, the Committee on Public Information, to assisting the Eisenhower administration’s covert overthrow of the Guatemalan government in 1954.
Goebbels made ample use of film and radio, employing these relatively new communication vehicles to glorify Hitler and create a cult of personality. Goebbels’s Propaganda Ministry subsidized Leni Riefenstahl’s 1935 film, The Triumph of the Will, which famously depicted the Führer as a god-like figure commanding millions of devout and obedient followers in glorious displays of pageantry and power. The radio was used effectively to transmit Nazi messages. Radios were attached to street lamps at bus stops where listeners would congregate and hear music interspersed with Nazi “news.” The government also subsidized an affordable radio for average households to purchase – the Volksempfänger – which became extremely popular.
The leadership of mainline Protestant and Catholic churches generally conformed to Nazi rule, but there were notable exceptions, including Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer’s later efforts to help Jews escape from Germany and his connections to a plot to overthrow Hitler resulted in his execution in April 1945. Many Catholic priests aided Jews through underground organizations despite a warning in 1941 from Pope Pius XII to refrain from illegal actions and protests. Over 2,500 priests were imprisoned at Dachau, although not slated for execution. Among them was Pastor Martin Niemoller, a former German U-boat commander who was imprisoned for opposing the Nazification of Protestant churches. He later expressed regret for his earlier antisemitic views in a famous passage:
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Nazi repression of German Jews proceeded in stages. On April 1, 1933, in towns and cities across Germany, Nazi Storm Troopers stood menacingly in front of Jewish-owned shops while thuggish supporters painted the Star of David on shop windows and walls. Such identification was part of a campaign urging all Aryan Germans to boycott Jewish-owned businesses and professional services. That same month, Nazi state ministries relieved from duty all Jewish judges, public prosecutors, and district attorneys.
In 1937 and 1938, the Nazi government set out to impoverish Jews by expropriating Jewish-owned businesses and selling them for a profit, a process known as Aryanization. In July 1938, Jews were ordered to carry identity cards with a special mark, thus making them easy targets for Nazi thugs. On November 9, the latter went on a rampage in Jewish sectors of cities across the nation, smashing store windows, burning synagogues, and assaulting Jews. Known as “The Night of Broken Glass,” or Kristallnacht, ninety-one Jews were murdered and 26,000 were arrested. Most were released over the next three months on the condition that they begin the process of emigration from Germany.
During the war, Jews in Germany and Poland and other Nazi-occupied countries were relocated to urban ghettos, confined and impoverished sections of cities where they had to wear a yellow star on their clothes. The ghettos were typically governed by Jewish Councils with the aid of Jewish police, under the command of the Nazis. Uncooperative Jewish leaders were executed and acts of rebellion were met with collective punishment; for example, shooting the family and friends of those who resisted or escaped. The historian Dan Kurzman describes the misery of the ghetto in Warsaw, Poland:
. . . skeletal figures with yellow swollen faces sat propped against the wall of buildings, their puffy, slit-like eyes vacant, their gnarled hands reaching out to indifferent pedestrians for bread. Others already dead, lay covered with old newspapers along their curbs, awaiting the gravediggers who would haul them off in handcarts to mass graves. Children crawled on all fours resembling blinking monkeys. . . . One woman even cannibalized her dead baby. And with starvation came typhus which filled the understaffed hospitals, people fated to die in filthy lice ridden hospital beds, often three or four to a mattress without medical care.
Government-subsidized films played an important role in disseminating antisemitism, the superiority of German military power, and the intrinsic evil of Germany’s enemies. Films such as The Eternal Jew (1940), directed by Fritz Hippler, portrayed Jews as subhuman creatures infiltrating Aryan society. After the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Goebbels’s propaganda ministry stressed themes linking Soviet Communism to European Jewry, presenting Germany as the defender of “Western culture” against the Judeo-Bolshevik threat, and painting an apocalyptic picture of what would happen if the Soviets won the war.
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Though Hitler is often remembered for his fanatical speeches, he could adjust his tone and content to suit the occasion. To take one example, after Hitler announced in March 1935 that Germany was in the process of building an air force and would soon introduce conscription in order to create an army of some one-half million men, violating both the Versailles Treaty and the Locarno treaties of 1926, Britain, France, Italy, and the League of Nations all condemned these actions in no uncertain terms. Recognizing that he had overplayed his hand in public, Hitler shifted gears and delivered an eloquent speech on behalf of peace on May 21. Eliciting memories of the Great War, he spoke of the stupidity of warfare and of the “dynastic egoism, political passion, and patriotic blindness” that caused wars. “If these states had applied merely a fraction of their sacrifices to wiser purposes,” he said, “the success would certainly have been greater and more permanent.” He falsely claimed that Germany had no intention of remilitarizing the Rhineland (an area between the Rhine River and France that had been declared a demilitarized zone in the Versailles Treaty) or of annexing Austria (also banned), and that he was willing to sign non-aggression pacts with all Germany’s neighbors.
Hitler’s most significant diplomatic triumph was to make an ally of Benito Mussolini. Though Italy and Germany had similar types of fascist governments, Western powers had relied on Mussolini to resist German expansionism and guarantee Austrian independence. Hitler successfully courted Mussolini, leading to the Rome-Berlin treaty of friendship in November 1936. A formal alliance, the so-called “pact of steel,” was signed in May 1939. The two fascist leaders found common cause in aiding Francisco Franco’s National Forces in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), resulting in the establishment of another fascist government in Europe. Despite signing pledges of non-intervention, Germany and Italy sent their warplanes to mercilessly bomb Spanish cities under Republican control, enabling Franco to defeat his democratic rivals.
In March 1938, German troops marched into Austria, breaking the Versailles Treaty once again. Shockingly to many Western observers, crowds in Vienna cheered the invading army as it marched through the streets, even as some soldiers forced Jews to scrub the pavement in front of them with toothbrushes. In order to create a façade of democratic legitimacy, the Nazi leadership arranged for a referendum on annexation to Germany (Anschluss) to be held on April 10. The proposed annexation was endorsed by Social Democratic Party leader Karl Renner and Cardinal Theodor Innitzer, the highest Catholic official in Austria. It passed by an incredulous 99.7 percent. Many communists took up resistance in the underground.
The Anschluss was followed in September 1938 by Germany’s threat to invade and annex the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia, areas inhabited primarily by German speakers. Hitler justified this territorial quest in the name of self-determination and the protection of ethnic Germans from discrimination. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, hoping to avoid a general war, met with Hitler to work out a compromise, believing that the greater threat to Europe lay to the east in the communist Soviet Union. On September 13, he wrote to King George VI informing him that Nazi Germany and Great Britain were “the two pillars of European peace and buttresses against communism.” Soviet premier Joseph Stalin was excluded from the meeting.
In Washington, President Roosevelt was relieved that Europe would remain at peace. He sent a cable on October 11 to Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King, rejoicing that “the world war had been averted.” Six days later, he sent a message to Ambassador William Phillips in Italy, “I want you to know that I am not one bit upset over the final result.” The Munich conference was nevertheless a turning point for Roosevelt, as he realized that war in Europe was probable. Indeed, while negotiations were underway, Roosevelt discussed with his treasury secretary, Henry Morgenthau, how Britain and France might defeat Nazi Germany. He did not foresee at that time any direct U.S. involvement in another European war, but he recognized that Britain and France would need U.S. aid.
Prior to launching the next military campaign for lebensraum, Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Treaty of Nonaggression on August 23, 1939. Russia had interpreted the Munich agreement as a signal from the Western powers that the Nazis could drive to the east without being confronted. Four months earlier, Joseph E. Davies, former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, had sent a telegram to Roosevelt warning that if the Russians did not “get a practical reciprocal alliance with the West, it is clear as a pike staff they will do the next best thing and get a nonaggression pact with Hitler.” Roosevelt nonetheless waited until mid-July to tell Soviet Ambassador Constantin Oumansky that he favored an alliance between Moscow and London, notwithstanding the fact that London had not agreed to this. Roosevelt also instructed his ambassador to the Soviet Union, Laurence Steinhardt, to tell Premier Joseph Stalin “that if his Government joined up with Hitler, it was as certain that night followed day that as soon as Hitler had conquered France, he would turn on Russia, and that it would be the Soviets turn next.” This was prescient, but Roosevelt’s belated endorsement of an anti-German alliance came too late and offered too little. In any case, Stalin was convinced, with considerable reason, that Britain and France would not back the Soviet Union in the event of a German invasion; hence his “appeasement” pact with Germany.  According to the British historian Jonathan Haslam:
When from 1937 to 1939 the threat of yet another war appeared on the horizon, the lingering menace of revolution from Bolshevism explained in large part why Britain rejected co-operation with the Soviet Union to deter German aggression. The reasoning was simple . . . far [better to] buy off Hitler with timely territorial concessions, even at the cost of dismembering dependent states in Central and Eastern Europe, than risk ushering Communist power into the heart of the continent. Insufficiently understood is the undoubted fact that throughout the 1930s leading conservative politicians within the democracies not only welcomed fascism into power but thereafter also feared that, were fascism overthrown in Italy or Germany – and fascism was seen as only an interim solution – Communism would be almost certain to take its place.
For the moment, the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact mitigated the possibility of a German invasion of the Soviet Union. It furthermore allowed the Soviets to assert control over territories lost in the First World War (ceded in the Brest-Litovsk Treaty of 1918) and the Polish-Soviet War of 1918-1920. Stalin approved Germany’s designs on western Poland and Lithuania, while Hitler agreed to a Soviet sphere of influence in eastern Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Bessarabia (northeastern Romania).
The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact sealed the fate of the Poles. In the pre-dawn hours on September 1, 1939, Nazi troops began a massive invasion of Poland backed by a new war weapon, the Stuka dive bomber. The bombers screamed down in vertical dives with a wail that sent the Polish army’s horses into a frenzy. The German army overcame Polish resistance in five weeks. The fast and furious campaign provided a frightening omen of the carnage that awaited the rest of Europe. German losses totaled 16,000 killed, while the Poles suffered 70,000 killed and 130,000 were wounded. Special SS units followed behind the army, summarily executing political leaders and Jews, a practice they repeated across Eastern Europe. Poland in 1939 was home to more than 3.5 million Jews, seven times the number in Germany. The Nazis set up a network of concentration camps, the first at Chelmo in late 1941.
Seventeen days after German troops invaded Poland from the west, Soviet troops invaded from the east. By the end of September, the Soviets and Germans had divided up Poland between themselves. The Soviet invasion included the infamous Katyn forest massacre, a series of mass executions of nearly 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia allegedly carried out by the Soviet secret police. The Soviets also took over the parts of Romania and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, then invaded Finland on November 30, 1939. Finnish forces fought back under the leadership of aging Baron Karl Gustav von Mannerheim, a former tsarist officer and hero of the war of independence (against the Bolsheviks in 1917), who was in close and constant communication with the German high command.
In the spring of 1940, German armies went on the march in Western Europe. On April 9 and 10, they invaded and occupied Denmark and Norway. In Norway, they installed as head of the Nazi-allied government Vidkun Quisling, the founder of Norway’s fascist party. His surname henceforth became synonymous with “collaborator” and “traitor.” Great Britain and France sent a combined force of 38,000 troops to aid the Norwegian resistance, but to no avail. On May 10, the Nazi juggernaut pushed into Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, then on to France. German bombers destroyed the historic city center of Rotterdam (Netherlands), killing nearly 900 people and leaving some 80,000 people homeless. In retaliation, the British Royal Air Force bombed German industrial areas in the Ruhr region.
An armistice was subsequently signed that divided France into a German-occupied zone in the north and west, and a French zone under German command in the south and east, known as Vichy France. The government of Vichy France was given charge of French forces and colonies, effectively making them serve Germany. Vichy leader Marshall Philippe Pétain, hero of World War I and a reactionary politician, avidly implemented all Nazi policies, including censorship and antisemitic laws. Following the war, he was tried and convicted of treason. Officials of both German-occupied France and Vichy France participated in the systematic deportation of Jews to concentration camps in Eastern Europe.
At home, Britons suffered eight months of German bomber attacks – the London Blitz – beginning in September 1940. The most devastating attack occurred on the night of November 14, when the German Luftwaffe bombed the English city of Coventry, destroying over 4,000 homes and two-thirds of the city’s buildings, including its major cathedral, and killing 580 residents. In other attacks on London, the Luftwaffe damaged Westminster Abbey, the House of Commons, the British museum, the Tower of London, and numerous hospitals, and ignited 2,200 fires. According to the historian Antony Beevor, German night bombing attacks killed some 23,000 civilians and seriously injured 32,000 by the end of the year. The British Royal Air Force, in turn, bombed Berlin on August 25, 1940. Excessive loss of aircraft on both sides cut short the bombing campaigns in 1941.
The next victim of Nazi aggression was the Soviet Union. Abandoning the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, Hitler initiated Operation Barbarossa on June 22, 1941. He justified the invasion to the world by claiming that the Russians had massed 160 divisions on the German frontier. In fact, Stalin had refrained from mobilizing defense forces, recognizing that Russian mobilization in 1914 had led Germany to declare war on Russia.
Hitler’s supreme confidence that Germany would be victorious over the Soviets – what one German army officers characterized as a “pathological overestimation of his own strength” – was predicated on the aggregation of the largest invasion force ever seen, with 3,350 tanks, 7,000 field guns, and over 2,000 aircraft along with 650,000 horses. Hitler’s advisers also suggested that the German invasion would produce a political upheaval in Russia and result in the overthrow of Stalin by his own people. Confident that victory would be obtained before the winter set in, Hitler failed to provide his troops with proper winter gear.
After fierce fighting in the First Battle of Smolensk (located east of Moscow), July 8-31, 1941, the German army chief-of-staff recognized that “everywhere the Russians fight to the last man. They capitulate only occasionally.” Adept at concealment, Soviet troops hid in trees, marshes and undergrowth in grassland or swamps from which they could plot ambush attacks on patrolling German troops. Old men and women took up shovels and dug huge traps into the earth for German tanks to fall in, while young boys scattered glass on roads, mixed chemicals in recharging tank batteries and pushed potatoes up their exhaust pipes. New York Times’ correspondent Ralph Parker remarked that “it would need a Tolstoy to describe the heroic endurance of the men and women [fighting the Nazis].” According to the historian Richard Overy:
The actions around Smolensk showed both the strengths and the weaknesses of Soviet forces. Soldiers fought with an extraordinary ferocity and bravery. They inflicted casualties at a high rate and in the early battles often refused to take prisoners. Captured Germans were murdered and mutilated, sometimes ritually – Soviet troops had been told to expect no better from the enemy. . . . The savage fighting held up but could not halt the German armies. Soviet forces lacked basic military equipment [including rifles, radio communications, radar, tanks, aircraft, and fuel].
On September 8, 1941, German divisions began a brutal, 880-day siege of Leningrad, located further to the north, blockading food and fuel supplies to this city of over three million people. Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) was the Soviet Union’s second-largest city, an important industrial and cultural center, being the former capital of the Russian Empire. The German command viewed Leningrad’s capture as a strategic objective, as it would allow the Wehrmacht to control of the entire Baltic coast. Hitler had called for the city “to be wiped from the earth.”
As with Nazi Germany, Japanese aggression abroad was accompanied by an unseemly combination of authoritarianism, extreme nationalism, militarism, propaganda, and ideological indoctrination at home. One difference was that leadership worship in Japan centered on a mystical emperor who was rarely seen or heard in public, in contrast to Hitler’ ubiquitous presence in Germany. Although emperor worship was a long-enduring tradition in Japan, the emperor had not always wielded predominant power. For hundreds of years prior to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the power of the emperor was secondary to that of shogun rulers. Even when a new constitution in 1889 increased the power of the emperor, anointing him “head of the Empire” and giving him “supreme command of the Army and Navy,” it also established a bicameral national legislature, the Diet, providing an institutional check on the emperor’s powers and prerogatives. The Taisho Democracy period from 1918 to 1931 marked a time of democratic reform, with suffrage extended to all males over 25.
Japan’s foreign policy goals were embedded in its mission to create a so-called Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere that would expand its sphere of influence, secure access to vital natural resources and economic markets, and facilitate the growth and spread of the Japanese population – the Japanese equivalent to Nazi lebensraum. Japan was surrounded by British, French, Dutch, and American colonies; it lacked natural resources such as oil and was vulnerable to food shortages; and its 73 million people, about five percent of the world’s population, was densely packed into an area smaller than California. In 1931, Japan invaded and took control of Manchuria (north of the Korea peninsula), followed by the introduction of troops into central China.
Of all the theaters of war, the Japanese war in China was perhaps the most atrocity-filled. According to the historian Mark Selden:
Japan’s China war produced notable cases of atrocities that, then and later, captured world attention. They included the Nanking Massacre, the bombings of Shanghai, Nanking, Hankou, Chongqing and other cities, the enslavement of the comfort women, and the vivisection experiments and biowarfare bombs of Unit 731. Less noted then and since were the systematic barbarities perpetrated against resistant villagers, though this produced the largest number of the estimated ten to thirty million Chinese who lost their lives in the war, a number that far surpasses the half million or more Japanese noncombatants who died at the hands of US bombing, and may have exceeded Soviet losses to Nazi invasion conventionally estimated at 20 million lives.
“Scorched earth” tactics, massacres, and atrocities were all too common in the war in Asia. The most infamous prolonged atrocity, the “Rape of Nanking,” began after the Japanese took over the city on December 13, 1937. For the next six weeks, Japanese soldiers carried out house-to-house searches for Chinese soldiers. According to one eyewitness account presented at the postwar International Military Tribunal for the Far East (war crimes trial), Japanese soldiers went about murdering, raping, looting, and burning. Many of the soldiers were drunk. They killed men, women, and children “without apparent provocation or excuse until in places the streets and alleys were littered with the bodies of their victims. . . . Groups of Chinese civilians were formed, bound with their hands behind their backs, and marched outside the walls of the city where they were killed in groups by machine gun fire and with bayonets. More than 20,000 Chinese men of military age are known to have died in this fashion.” The tribunal estimated that Japanese soldiers raped 20,000 women, including young girls, in the first four weeks, and murdered more than 200,000 civilians, including 30,000 prisoners of war (POWs), in the first six weeks. Some Japanese soldiers even set up killing competitions, including one in which two Japanese sub-Lieutenants, Mukai Toshiaki and Noda Takeshi, raced to see who could kill one hundred Chinese men first with their swords.
4.1 Diplomatic appeasement of fascist states
The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in November 1917 so rattled Western leaders that the British, French, and U.S. governments all sent expeditionary forces to overthrow it in its infancy – unsuccessfully, as it turned out. In 1933, the U.S. extended diplomatic recognition to the Soviet Union, but many U.S. diplomats in the State Department remained hostile. According to David Schmitz:
(B)y the 1930s most of the members of the State Department in charge of European diplomacy were career Foreign Service officers who shared an outlook on the world centered around the dangers of communism. All studies of the U.S. Foreign Service at this time draw a similar composite portrait of these men. White, Protestant, and middle-class or wealthy men primarily educated in elite schools, they held a patrician’s disdain for labor, minorities, and immigrants and a deep-seated fear of radical change. Most came to the Foreign Service around the same time of World War I and adopted the prevalent hostility toward the Soviet Union and belief that any political upheavals were communist-inspired. . . . The rising challenge of Nazi Germany was, for most of the decade, seen by these men as a secondary threat to that of communism.”
The U.S. ambassador to Italy, Breckinridge Long, was clearly of this view. In a letter to President Roosevelt in April 1935 concerning Germany’s growing military power, Long wrote, “There are only two governments in Europe capable of being a real victor. . . . [One is] Germany, and the other is Russia. . . . I shudder to think of a Russian domination of Europe. While a German domination would be hard and cruel – at least in the beginning – it would be an intensification of a culture which is more akin to ours than would that of Russia. Further than that, if Germany should be dominant throughout the greater part of Europe, she would act as a bulwark against the western progress of Russia.”
Some members of the U.S. diplomatic corps pushed in the opposite direction. Most prescient was George Messersmith. He had been in the Foreign Service since 1914 and served as the consul general in Berlin from 1930 to April 1934 before becoming minister to Austria. In March 1934, he strongly advised that the U.S. not renew the major U.S. trade agreement with Germany, the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce, and Consular Rights, ratified in 1925, which was due to expire in 1935. Messersmith argued that the treaty would only spur German rearmament. He judged that “the Germans have nothing to offer and we have nothing to gain but much to lose.” He pointed out that the long-range “mail planes” recently purchased by Germany were “easily convertible to bombers.” Contrary to Secretary Hull’s benefic view of international trade, he wrote in May 1934 that “a government with really peaceable intentions does not produce armaments, train its people in military exercises, and create such an extraordinary spirit in the schools, even among the very young.” Rather than build up the Germany economy, Messersmith hoped that economic instability would bring down the Hitler regime.
There were other missed opportunities for checking Hitler and Mussolini short of war. One involved the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in October 1935, a savage imperial endeavor that culminated in the ousting of Emperor Haile Selassie in May 1936 and the establishment of Italian rule. Washington policymakers were aware of Mussolini’s invasion plans early on but offered no protest, although Roosevelt did send Mussolini a note on August 18, 1935, asking him to seek a peaceful solution. Immediately following the invasion, the League of Nations denounced it as contrary to international law and called for a global boycott of strategic materials to Italy – an action deemed likely to succeed due to Italy’s extreme dependence on imported oil, coal, iron, and steel for its mechanized army. The U.S. did not join the embargo. Instead, President Roosevelt called for a “moral embargo,” which was no embargo at all. While some corporations responded to Roosevelt’s appeal, others took advantage of rising prices to increase sales and make sizable profits. U.S. corporate oil exports to Italy doubled in the month after the invasion.
Roosevelt’s appointment of Wilson to the ambassadorship of Germany was itself a mark of appeasement. His predecessor, William S. Dodd, an historian by training, had been a thorn in the side of the Nazi regime, avoiding Nazi celebratory events and beseeching the Roosevelt administration to protest against Germany’s remilitarization of the Rhineland in March 1936, to no avail. “The Berlin government grudgingly tolerated his official protest against persecutions aimed at Jews, Christian ministers, and university professors,” notes the historian Fred Arthur Bailey, “but it was angered by his open distaste for Adolf Hitler and his public disdain for Nazi symbols.” Ambassador Wilson, in contrast, during his first meeting with Hitler on March 3, 1938, complimented the dictator as “a man who had pulled his people from moral and economic despair into the state of pride and evident prosperity which they now enjoyed,” according to his own official account. Eight days after the meeting, German troops marched into Austria.
In early 1937, Roosevelt began to have second thoughts about the policy of appeasement. In February, he questioned a State Department report which concluded that “economic appeasement should prove to be the surest route to world peace.” In May 1937, he wrote in a letter to William Phillips, ambassador to Italy, the “more I study the situation, the more I am convinced that an economic approach to peace is a pretty weak reed for Europe to lean on. It may postpone war but how can it avert war in the long run if the armament process [in Germany] continues at its present pace – or even at a slower pace?” 
4.2 Corporate America and the Nazis
By the time Hitler took over in January 1933, U.S. economic interests in Germany were substantial – and they continued to grow. By December 1941, American corporations had at least $475 million invested in Germany – a huge increase over 1933 investments. According to the historian Arnold Offner:
The Germans bought the critical American products they most wanted – petroleum, fertilizer, copper, iron, and scrap steel. Indeed, during 1934-1938, sales of American motor fuel and lubricating oil nearly tripled in quantity – and in value, from $12 to $34 million – and constituted between 22 and 32 percent in value of the total of German imports of these items. . . . American export in 1937 and 1938 of iron and scrap steel rose from negligible quantities to 35 and then to 50 percent of Germany’s import of these metals; American export of wheat and corn in 1938 leaped from virtually nothing to 13 and 55 percent, respectively, of Germany’s import of these commodities.
As Nazi repression and militarization proceeded from 1933 to 1939, U.S. corporate leaders faced the choice of whether to continue their operations in Germany or pull up stakes and take a financial loss. Virtually all remained. The reigning philosophy in Corporate America was expressed by Alfred Sloan, Jr., chairman of the General Motors board of directors, in a letter to a stockholder in April 1939, “According to my belief . . . an international business operating throughout the world [General Motors] should conduct its operations in strictly business terms, without regard to the political beliefs of its management, or the political beliefs of the country in which it is operating.”
The two largest tank producers in Hitler’s Germany were Opel, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors (GM), and the Ford-Werke subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company. The Nazis granted tax-exempt status to Opel in 1936, enabling GM to expand its production facilities. GM obligingly reinvested its profits into German industry and was committed to the full-scale production of trucks, armored cars, and tanks. When the war broke out in 1939, GM and Ford subsidiaries retooled their factories in Germany to produce vehicles for war. During the Battle of Normandy in June 1944, American troops were surprised to find that captured German trucks were powered by engines produced by Ford and General Motors. A U.S. Army report by investigator Henry Schneider, dated Sept. 5, 1945, accused the German branch of Ford of serving as “an arsenal of Nazism, at least for military vehicles,” with the “consent” of the parent company in Dearborn, Michigan.
“Perhaps the Germans could have assembled vehicles and airplanes without American assistance,” writes the historian Jacques Pauwels. “But Germany desperately lacked strategic raw materials, such as rubber and oil, which were needed to fight a war predicated on mobility and speed. American corporations came to the rescue.” Pauwels continues:
American corporations made a lot of money in Hitler’s Germany; this, and not the Fuhrer’s alleged charisma, is the reason why the owners and managers of these corporations adored him. Conversely, Hitler and his cronies were most pleased with the performance of American capital in the Nazi state. Indeed, the American subsidiaries’ production of war equipment met and even surpassed the expectations of the Nazi leadership. Berlin promptly paid the bills and Hitler personally showed his appreciation by awarding prestigious decorations to the likes of Henry Ford, IBM’s Thomas Watson, and GM’s export director, James D. Mooney.
The Roosevelt administration was well aware of American business support for Nazi Germany but did nothing to inhibit it, in deference to Hull’s belief that “orderly trade relations” would maintain the peace. Ambassador Dodd in Berlin wrote to President Roosevelt on October 19, 1936:
At the present moment more than a hundred American corporations have subsidiaries here or cooperative understandings. The DuPonts have three allies in Germany that are aiding in the armaments business. Their chief ally is the I. G. Farben Company, a part of the Government which gives 200,000 marks a year to one propaganda operation on American opinion. Standard Oil Company (New York sub-company) sent $2,000,000 here in December 1933 and has made $500,000 a year helping Germans make Ersatz gas for war purposes; but Standard Oil cannot take any of its earnings out of the country except in goods. . . . The International Harvester Company president told me their business here rose 33% a year (arms manufacture, I believe), but they could take nothing out. Even our airplanes people have secret arrangements with Krupps. General Motor Company and Ford do enormous businesses [sic] here through their subsidiaries and take no profits out. I mention these facts because they complicate things and add to war dangers.
Dodd was also critical of some of his staff at the embassy in Berlin, calling them “millionaire loafers . . . who came to their office between 10 and 11 and went to afternoon parties and golf.” He noted that several of his affluent diplomatic officers owned stock in corporations such as DuPont and Standard Oil and thus marched with “the ranks of privileged capitalists.”
4.3 Responses to Jewish repression in Germany
On March 25, the Baltimore Sun editorialized: “There is no escape from the conclusion that the Hitler dictatorship is an evil, sadistic and brutal affair, with most of whose declared aspirations it is impossible to sympathize.” Other newspapers, however, expressed skepticism. The New York Herald Tribune opined on that same day that, while the situation of German Jewry was “an unhappy one,” many atrocity stories were “exaggerated and often unfounded.” This skepticism was based in large part on the well-known fact that the American people had been inundated with British propaganda during the First World War, including false atrocity stories, and this could well be a repeat. The historian Deborah E. Lipstadt summarizes American press responses in 1933, highlighting the Christian Science Monitor (CSM):
Analysis of the American press from this period reveals that sectors of it were genuinely outraged by the violence, boycotts, and antisemitic decrees. They unflinchingly attacked the Nazi regime. Other papers and journals, however – CSM prominently among them – took a far more benevolent view of events in Germany. . . . Although CSM never approved of Nazi hostility toward Jews, throughout 1933 it printed news stories, editorials and special features which depicted relatively normal conditions in Germany. Those American readers whose knowledge of events in Nazi Germany was based on the CSM were left with the impression that conditions there were not as severe as others claimed them to be, and that those considered enemies of the regime faced certain liabilities, but were not in any great danger.
Most Washington officials at this time were less concerned with Nazi abuses than with maintaining a harmonious relationship with Germany. They withheld public criticism of the Nazi government while placating U.S. Jewish leaders with dubious assurances of their concern. On March 25, 1933, Secretary of State Hull sent telegrams to prominent Jewish leaders Rabbi Stephen Wise and Dr. Cyrus Alder informing them that, as far as the mistreatment of Jews in Germany was concerned, “the situation is improving.” This is exactly what the German ambassador to the U.S., Hans Luther, had told him. Hull wrote that he felt “hopeful in view of the reported attitude of high German officials and the evidences of amelioration already indicated, that the situation, which has caused such widespread concern throughout this country, will soon revert to normal.” Hull’s telegrams were shared with the New York Times, which reported the secretary as saying that prejudicial action against Jews in Germany “has virtually ceased.”
By the end of the year, Jewish leaders had created two organizations to carry out the boycott, the Boycott Committee of the American Jewish Congress and the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League to Champion Human Rights. Not all U.S. Jewish groups supported the protests and boycotts. The American Jewish Committee and B’nai’B’rith clashed with the American Jewish Congress on strategy, arguing that arousing international antagonism to the Nazi regime could make matters worse for Jews in Germany as well as incite anti-Jewish hostility in the U.S. The boycotts, in any case, were largely ineffective and the U.S. government offered no encouragement. The value of German imports to the U.S. increased from $69 million in 1934 to over $91 million in 1937.
President Roosevelt was hardly fooled by these Nazi denials but neither was he inclined to take any action, even a public statement condemning the repression. His overriding priority was to help Germany recover economically, which presumably would keep the peace in Europe. Rhetoric aside, human rights weighed little in policymaking. According to Holocaust historian Rafael Medoff, “In the 82 press conferences FDR held in 1933, the subject of the Nazi persecution of the Jews arose just once, and not at Roosevelt’s initiative. It would be five years, and an additional 348 presidential press conferences, before anything about Europe’s Jews would be mentioned again by the president.”
Before and after the mock trial, Ambassador Luther registered his protest. On February 1, 1934, he met with Secretary Hull to insist that the U.S. government should prevent the event. Hull responded in diplomatic-speak that he could deal with this issue more effectively if he were assured by the ambassador “that Jews had not been unfairly treated or seriously mistreated in Germany.” He added that he “regretted that these occurrences had arisen, and nothing would please me quite so much as to see the whole racial controversy quieted.” In later meetings, Hull explained to Luther that the federal government had no legal authority to prevent citizens from expressing their views.
President Roosevelt nonetheless had many close Jewish associates, including Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, and numerous advisers and administrators such as Samuel Rosenman, Felix Frankfurter, Barnard Baruch, David Lilienthal, Benjamin Cohen, and Herbert Lehman, and others. “Four or five thousand Jews operated at various echelons of government during the 1930s,” notes the historian Howard Sachar, “a complete change from the past.” Roosevelt recruited Jewish talent, and Jewish voters overwhelmingly supported him at the polls.
Perhaps the most well-known antisemitic voice in America was the popular radio personality Charles Coughlin, a Catholic priest in Detroit. The Canadian-born Coughlin began his religious radio broadcasts in 1926 and became progressively more political and reactionary. In 1930, he launched a crusade against communism which he connected to alleged Jewish conspiracies. He mixed his anti-Jewish narrative with an otherwise progressive message of Christian social justice, attracting a large, mixed crowd of listeners. In the weeks after Kristallnacht, Coughlin described Nazi violence against the Jews as just retaliation for Jewish persecution of Christians. On November 20, 1938, he told his listeners that the “communistic government of Russia” along with “atheistic Jews and Gentiles” had murdered more than 20 million Christians and had stolen “40 billion [dollars]…of Christian property.” Following that broadcast, several radio stations refused to broadcast his program without pre-approved scripts. A few stations in New York cancelled his programs. Coughlin was not deterred. In September 1941, his magazine Social Justice declared: “The Jew should retire from the field of politics and government. He has no more business in that sphere than has a pig in a china shop.”
The pro-Nazi Silver Legion, with about 15,000 members at its height, was the most violent antisemitic group. Mimicking the fascist thuggery of the Nazis, its paramilitary branch of Silver Rangers – a so-called “Christian militia” – brutally beat up and injured Jews in New York and Boston. They also damaged Jewish-owned stores and desecrated Jewish cemeteries. Like the Nazis in Germany, their terrorism was fed by a massive outpouring of vicious propaganda.
Each year, the Nazi regime placed more onerous requirements on those who wished to emigrate while also depriving them of their property. Hjalmar Schacht, president of the Reichsbank, estimated the value of Jewish wealth in Germany at six billion marks. The effect of this disenfranchisement was to make it very difficult for Jews to gain entry into other countries. With national economies immersed in depression and unemployment, the idea of taking in penniless immigrants who needed jobs and assistance did not sit well with many national leaders and citizens who believed that the first priority of government should be to relieve the suffering of their own citizenry.
Among those on the waiting list was Anne Frank and her family. Anne chronicled her life in hiding for two years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, from June 1942 to August 1944, before being discovered and sent to the gas chambers at the Bergen-Beisen concentration camp. Her diary was published in English in 1952, providing a glimpse of the life of a 13-to-15-year-old Jewish girl. Her father had applied to the U.S. Consulate to emigrate to the United States as early as 1938, but to no avail.
On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba, carrying 937 passengers, almost all Jews. Upon arriving in Havana, the passengers discovered that the Cuban government would not accept transit visas, which most carried, and thus admitted only 28 passengers. On June 2, Cuban authorities ordered the ship to leave the Havana harbor. The St. Louis sailed up the Florida Straits, but the U.S. would not permit the ship to land, even though 743 of the passengers had applied and were waiting for U.S. visas. The ship was forced to return to Europe. As the crisis unfolded, Jewish organizations, including the New York-based Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, successfully negotiated with four European governments to take the refugees. Great Britain took 228; the Netherlands, 181; Belgium, 214; and France, 224. When the Nazis took over Western Europe, however, 254 of the former passengers were transported to Nazi concentration camps and killed.
By September 1939, approximately 95,000 Jews from Germany and Austria had emigrated to the United States, 60,000 to Palestine, 40,000 to Great Britain, 18,000 to Shanghai, China, and 75,000 to Central and South America. At the end of 1939, about 202,000 Jews remained in Germany and 57,000 in annexed Austria, many of them elderly. With the German takeover of Western Europe in the spring of 1940, many more Jews were trapped in Nazi-occupied territory.
Seeking to alter U.S. policy, Albert Einstein wrote to the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, on July 31, 1941:
I have noted with great satisfaction that you always stand for the right and humaneness even when it is hard. Therefore in my deep concern I know of no one else to whom to turn for help. A policy is now being pursued in the State Department which makes it all but impossible to give refuge in America to many worthy persons who are the victims of Fascist cruelty in Europe. Of course, this is not openly avowed by those responsible for it. The method which is being used, however, is to make immigration impossible by erecting a wall of bureaucratic measures allegedly necessary to protect America against subversive, dangerous elements. . . . I know that you will find it possible to bring the matter to the attention of your heavily burdened husband in order that it may be remedied.
On that very day, July 31, 1941, Hermann Göring sent a directive to Reinhard Heyrich, head of the National Central Security Office under Himmler: “I herewith commission you to carry out all preparations with regard to . . . a total solution to the Jewish question in those territories of Europe which are under German influence. . . . I furthermore charge you to submit to me as soon as possible a draft showing the . . . measures already taken for the execution of the intended final solution of the Jewish question.”
4.4 Internationalism and isolationism
The U.S. appeasement policy was designed in large part to keep the peace in Europe. A better means to this end was to build and participate in international institutions and conventions aimed at prohibiting aggression, limiting arms races, and reining in imperialism. The U.S. Senate famously rejected U.S. participation in the League of Nations in 1919, but this was not solely due to “isolationist” sentiments. The naysayers included nationalists, represented by Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, who sought to maintain full autonomy over U.S. policies (e.g., interventionism in Latin America); isolationists, represented by Senator William Borah, who rejected collective security requirements compelling U.S. participation in foreign military operations (a non-interventionist position); and progressives, represented by Senator Robert La Follette, who viewed the League as a vehicle for the great powers to maintain their global dominance while keeping peace amongst themselves.
Although the U.S. did not participate in the League of Nations, it did exert leadership in two international peacebuilding efforts: the Washington Naval Conference of 1921-22, designed to head off a naval arms race, and the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928, which outlawed offensive war. The former set limits on naval ship building (tonnage) among five great powers – Britain, the U.S., Japan, France, and Italy – although it also solidified an inferior naval status for Japan, fueling resentment among Japanese military leaders. The Kellogg-Briand Pact, officially named the General Treaty for Renunciation of War as an Instrument of National Policy, was forged by U.S. Secretary of State Frank Kellogg and French foreign minister Aristide Briand. It was ultimately signed by 62 nations. Peace organizations in the U.S. gathered more than two million petition signatures in support of this pact.
Striking at imperialism – in this case, “Yankee imperialism,” – U.S. peace progressives and their Latin American allies protested and lobbied against U.S. military interventions in Nicaragua, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere in Latin America. Following the departure of U.S. troops from Nicaragua in 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt announced the Good Neighbor Policy, foreswearing future military interventionism in Latin America. This policy shift had wider implications. At the time, Japanese leaders were justifying their imperial expansion in Asia in the very terms used by U.S. leaders to justify the U.S. sphere of influence in Latin America, proclaiming a “Monroe Doctrine of the Orient” in which the Japanese were responsible for maintaining civilized order. The hypocrisy of U.S. leaders condemning Japanese aggression in Asia while justifying U.S. domination in Latin America became obvious.
Another policy initiative that gained widespread public support – but was not enacted – was a proposed Constitutional amendment that would have required a national referendum and an affirmative popular vote before the U.S. could go to war, except in cases of direct attack. Introduced by Representative Louis Ludlow of Indiana in 1935, President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull spoke out against it. The White House furthermore orchestrated a public relations campaign, dubbed the Committee for Concerted Peace Efforts, to sway public opinion. A Gallup poll in October 1937 indicated overwhelming public support for the amendment, at 73 percent, but the House of Representatives nevertheless voted it down, 209-188, on January 10, 1938.
The maintenance of international peace became more difficult during the 1930s. Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931, Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935, the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, and the Nazi government rearmed and made expansive territorial claims, including demands for the return of Germany’s former colonies in Africa. The U.S. missed a critical opportunity to reinforce international law and collective security operations when it failed to abide by the League’s economic embargo against Italy. The embargo could well have halted Mussolini’s army in Ethiopia had it been strictly observed. “Moreover,” writes economics professor Christiano Andrea Ristuccia, “had the sanctions succeeded against Italy, the League might have managed to send a signal to Hitler that aggression on his part would lead to severe penalties. The implications for world history could have been profound.”
In May 1937, Congress passed a revised neutrality act that added a new prohibition on arms transfers to belligerent factions in civil wars. The measure was designed to keep the U.S. out of the Spanish Civil War. This it did, but the result was not peace. Germany and Italy sent their warplanes to aid the fascist forces of Francisco Franco, while the Spanish Republican government received no aid and was defeated. Arnold Offner writes in American Appeasement: United States Foreign Policy and Germany, 1933-1938 (1969):
Had aid been forthcoming from the United States and from England and France, considering Hitler’s position on aid to Franco was not firm at least until November 1936, the Spanish Republicans could well have triumphed. Instead, Germany gained every advantage from the Spanish civil war: fascism triumphed over democracy, France was ringed with a third hostile neighbor, and the ground was more securely laid for the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo alliance. The United States succeeded only in making itself increasingly vulnerable to war in Europe and Asia.
As peace in Europe became more fragile, the U.S. public became more “isolationist,” losing confidence in international peacekeeping machinery and diplomacy. U.S. peace groups added to this momentum by mobilizing two successive outreach campaigns, the Emergency Peace Campaign of 1936-1937 and the Keep America Out of War campaign initiated in February 1938. The latter was led by Norman Thomas, a pacifist and six-time Socialist Party presidential candidate (1928 through 1948). After traveling through Europe in 1937, Thomas returned convinced that war between Germany and Western Europe was inevitable. His answer, along with that of many other Americans, was to keep the U.S. out of it.
4.5 Road to war
On September 16, the president signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, requiring all men between the ages of 21 and 45 to register for the draft. This was the first peacetime draft in the nation’s history.
President Roosevelt countered the America First Committee by stressing national defense – and cleverly invoking the Monroe Doctrine of 1823 to expand the meaning of “defense” to protecting the whole Western Hemisphere. Unlike his distant cousin, Theodore Roosevelt, who led a parade-filled “preparedness” movement in anticipation of U.S. entry into the Great War, Franklin Roosevelt moved cautiously and surreptitiously. The Democratic Party platform of July 1940 offered no hint of a shift from neutrality, stating, “We will not participate in foreign wars, and we will not send our army, naval or air forces to fight in foreign lands outside of the Americas, except in case of attack.” Roosevelt reiterated this message during the fall election season, telling an audience in Boston on October 30, 1940: “I have said this before, but I shall say it again, and again and again. Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars. They are going into training to form a force so strong that, by its very existence, it will keep the threat of war far away from our shores. The purpose of our defense is defense.”
On August 14, 1941, Roosevelt met with Winston Churchill in Newfoundland to issue the Atlantic Charter, a broad statement of common war aims. Among the principles enunciated was “the right of every people to choose their own form of government.” The underlying idea of the conference was to jointly establish a moral framework for promoting the war effort, solidifying an informal alliance. They identified the global struggle as one between democracy and autocracy, notwithstanding obvious contradictions among the allies-to-be: Britain operated an autocratic empire, the U.S. routinely backed autocratic regimes abroad, and the Soviet Union was an outright dictatorship.
On Sunday December 7, 1941, at 7:48 a.m. Hawaii time, the Imperial Japanese Navy struck the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. The attack left 2,403 Americans dead and 1,143 wounded, disabled eighteen U.S. warships, and destroyed or damaged 70 American airplanes. Of the American fatalities, nearly half were due to the explosion of the USS Arizona’s forward magazine. One thousand sailors from the ship were burned to death or drowned. The following day, President Roosevelt declared December 7th “a date which will live in infamy.”
Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of Japan’s naval fleet, was similarly pessimistic about winning a long war against the United States. In September 1940, as Japanese leaders were drawing up attack plans, he warned Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoye, “I shall run wild for the first six months or a year, but I have utterly no confidence for the second or third year. . . . I hope you will endeavor to avoid a Japanese-American war.” Japan did not avoid war, of course, and Admiral Yamamoto’s assessment proved to be correct. “Like a judo fighter,” writes David Kennedy, “Yamamoto had now knocked his larger American opponent off balance [with the Pearl Harbor attack]. Could he next bring down his foe before the United States shrugged off its post-Pearl Harbor daze and brought all of its prodigious industrial strength to bear? . . . No one knew better than Yamamoto that time was Japan’s worst enemy.”
5.1 Battle of the Atlantic
No sooner had Germany declared war on the U.S. on December 11, 1941, then Admiral Karl Doenitz began planning U-boat attacks on U.S. ships in the north Atlantic Ocean. Operation Paukenschlag, or Drumbeat, was designed to cut off Allied supply lines at their source. On January 14, 1942, U-boat 123 sank a huge oil tanker on its way from New Jersey to Liverpool. By the end of the month, nine German U-boats had destroyed 35 Allied merchant ships and a British destroyer. The assaults continued unimpeded in February, with sixteen U-boats destroying 49 more Allied cargo ships and oil tankers in locations ranging from off Nova Scotia to the Caribbean Sea. On February 28, the American destroyer Jacob Jones was sunk within sight of the New Jersey coast. Only eleven of its 136 sailors survived. By June, the Nazi U-boat fleet had sent 4.7 million tons of Allied shipping to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Army Chief of Staff George Marshall warned that month that Allied losses at sea threatened the entire war effort because of the disruption of the supply chain. Winston Churchill stated that “the U-boat attack was our worst evil, the only thing that really frightened me during the war.”
To counter this U-boat offensive, the Royal Navy transferred ten escort vessels and two dozen antisubmarine trawlers to the Americans for coastal defense. U.S. Admiral Ernest King organized a convoy system which considerably reduced American shipping losses. The first sinking of a German U-boat took place on the night of April 13-14, 1942. The Allies were able to take the offensive with the help of advances in radar technology, the development of more precise depth charges, and by cracking German communication codes. Radar-equipped long-range planes, based in Newfoundland, Iceland, Northern Ireland, and elsewhere, along with planes launched from the Navy’s new escort carriers, provided nearly continuous air cover for Allied convoys. In the month of May 1943 alone, the Allies destroyed 41 German U-boats, including one in which Admiral Doenitz’s son died.
5.2 War in Asia and the Pacific
As Admiral Yamamoto predicted, Japanese forces ran wild for the first six months of 1942. They overwhelmed British-held Singapore whose capitulation Winston Churchill considered the “worst disaster and largest capitulation of British history.” By the spring, the Japanese had taken Hong Kong, Siam (Thailand), Burma, Sumatra, Borneo, the Celebs, Timor, Guam, Wake Island, and most of the Solomon Islands. They also sank the largest U.S. warship in the Far-East, the Houston, and established an air base in northern Malaya. In overtaking Hong Kong, Great Britain’s seaport on the China coast, the British sustained 2,100 killed or missing, 2,300 wounded, and 10,000 captured. Atrocities were rife. When Japanese troops entered St. Stephens College on Christmas day 1941, they bayoneted to death wounded prisoners on their beds and raped British and Chinese nurses, killing many afterward. Major General Tomoyuki Yamashita wrote in his diary that he “wanted [his] troops to behave with dignity but most of them do not seem to have the ability to do so.”
On April 18, 1942, with American morale at its nadir, Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle led a squadron of sixteen B-25 bombers in an attack on Tokyo and a handful of other Japanese cities. Though inflicting far less damage than later air operations, the Doolittle raid boosted American confidence and forced the Japanese high command to divert some forces to protect the homeland. Doolittle’s raiders, after dropping their bombs, crash-landed in China for lack of fuel. The survivors were captured by the Japanese and later put on trial. They were charged with killing 50 civilians, bombing a hospital full of patients and gunning down children in a schoolyard. Eight Americans were sentenced to death; three were actually executed. 
U.S. jungle warfare operations in Burma were led by General Frank Merrill, a Japanese language scholar and West Point graduate who was one of Stilwell’s most trusted aides. Wearing camouflaged jungle clothing, his force became known as Merrill’s Marauders. Most of their intelligence came from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) which used Kachin and Naga tribesmen as guides. The Allies launched two military operations in Burma during the 1942-1943 dry season, neither of which succeeded in dislodging the Japanese.
In the summer of 1943, the Japanese government published a prosecutor’s brief against the U.S. and Great Britain. The Greater East Asia War Inquiry Commission, as it was called, declared that Japan was leading a “counteroffensive of the Oriental races against Occidental aggression.” The commission decried the hypocrisy of the U.S. for demanding an “open door” in China (preventing Japanese control) while using the Monroe Doctrine to prohibit outsiders from interfering in the Americas. “The arrogant Anglo-Saxons,” declared the commission, are “ever covetous of securing world hegemony according to the principle of the white man’s burden.” In November, Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo invited Burmese leader Ba Maw, Philippine leader José Laurel, and other Asian leaders to a Greater East Asia conference held in Tokyo. The delegates drank toasts to Asian solidarity and pledged to “push aside the artificial barriers which Western intruders have set up between us.”
Journalist Richard Tregaskis, who was embedded with the Marines on Guadalcanal, described the series of battles as a “macabre nightmare” in which groups of Japanese were “torn apart by our artillery fire, their remains fried by the blast of the shells,” and “machine gun crews [were] shredded by canister fire from our tanks. . . . Everywhere one turned there were piles of bodies, here one with a backbone visible from the front, and the rest of the flesh and bone peeled up over the man’s head; [there] a man with a bullet hole through his eye [and elsewhere] a dead Jap Private lying on his back wearing dark tortoise shell glasses, his buck teeth bared in a humorless grin.”
Historian John C. McManus reported that such feelings were felt in many units. Tensions simmered between officers and enlisted men over “excessive discipline, rotten conditions, poor food or noticeably different living arrangements.” McManus quotes a letter from staff Sergeant Frank Pawlokoski who complained that the officers in his unit “ride us men like a bunch of slaves.” Other officers, such as Brigadier General Evans F. Carlson, however, won genuine respect from their men. Carlson drew inspiration from Mao Zedong’s Eighth Route Army which had leveled military hierarchy and rank. Officers in Carlson’s unit – nicknamed “Carlson’s Raiders” – lived, ate, and worked with their men and allowed them the freedom to express their mind. Political education was promoted in order to enhance esprit de corps. At Guadalcanal, the Raiders traversed 150 miles of jungle behind enemy lines and killed 700 Japanese at a cost of 17 of their own and only one case of neuropsychiatric collapse. Marine Bill Maudlin observed that “of the brass, only Eisenhower and Carlson had the respect of the GI.”
The next major battle at Tarawa, an atoll in the Gilbert Islands, was brief and brutal, lasting from November 20 to 23, 1943. The U.S. amassed a force of 12 battleships, 66 destroyers, 36 troop transports, squadrons of warplanes, and over 30,000 men, giving the U.S. a 10-1 advantage over Japanese forces defending the island. The amphibious landing, however, went awry. Landing craft got hung up on coral reefs at low tide while well-dug-in Japanese troops raked the Americans with machine guns and mortar fire. Ninety of the 125 amphibious vehicles (called Amtracs) were sunk or wrecked and 323 of the 500 naval officers who manned them were killed, wounded or missing.
Warrant officer John Leopold characterized the beach where the Marines landed as “annihilation beach” because it was “red with blood.” The ocean water, in the words of Sergeant William Manchester, was a “grotesque mask of severed heads, limbs and torsos.” To win the battle, U.S. forces nearly destroyed the island, expending 3,000 tons of shells and bombs on a mere 291 acres of land. Army journalist Clive Howard wrote that “once beautiful Tarawa [became] a scene of devastation, its palm trees shattered and its coral churned by the thousands of bombs and shells.”
American GIs learned quickly that war was not all adventure but rather was “grim, bloody, callous, dangerous [and] hard,” as one historian put it. They withstood “incredible suffering in the common cause of killing as many of the enemy as possible and getting the damn war over with,” wrote E. J. Kahn, who fought in the South Pacific and went on to become a writer for The New Yorker. Kahn gave the example of a “private first class soldier who was painfully wounded in the groin one night, and lay in a watery foxhole for thirteen hours with maggots crawling over him, stubbornly refusing to cry out for help because he knew the slightest sound might give away his company’s location. There was [also] the private who, because of a shortage of medical orderlies walked to a hospital himself several miles away. And a brave Lieutenant who for days lay desperately wounded but conscious, within conversational range of his platoon, who kept a diary until he died. Three men had tried to get him, but after one was killed and the other two were wounded in the attempt, he asked a captain to forbid anyone else to come out and the captain reluctantly agreed because he couldn’t spare the men.”
5.3 Soviet resurgence
The Soviet comeback against the German invasion was described by U.S. General Douglas MacArthur as the greatest in all history. On February 23, 1942, in the midst of a Japanese siege, MacArthur wrote from his headquarters on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines:
The world situation at the present time indicates that the hopes of civilization rest on the worthy banners of the courageous Russian Army. During my lifetime I have participated in a number of wars and have witnessed others, as well as studying in great detail the campaigns of outstanding leaders of the past. In none have I observed such effective resistance to the heaviest blows of a hitherto undefeated enemy, followed by a smashing counterattack which is driving the enemy back to his own land. The scale and grandeur of this effort marks it as the greatest military achievement in all history.” 
The invading German army wreaked havoc in the Soviet Union, laying waste to 1,710 cities and 70,000 towns and villages, and destroying 31,850 factories, 84,000 schools, 65,000 kilometers of railway, and 1,974 collective farms. An estimated 26 million Russians, including 11,500,000 soldiers, were killed or died from war-related causes. Despite the losses, the Soviet Red Army defeated 507 German divisions and 100 Axis-allied divisions (Romanian, Hungarian, and Italian), and destroyed 77,000 enemy aircraft and 48,000 enemy tanks and armored vehicles. All in all, more combatants were killed on the European Eastern Front than in all other theaters of World War II combined.
Despite the German occupation of a huge western portion of the Soviet Union, the Soviets managed to build some 2,000 new factories for war production, outproducing Germany itself by 1943. The Nazis were taken aback by the strength of Soviet weaponry such as the Katyusha rocket launcher and the T-34 tank. The Russians also benefited from Allied lend-lease aid – $11 billion from the U.S. and $31 billion from Great Britain. Allied shipments included over 400,000 jeeps and trucks, and 14,000 airplanes along with 2.7 million tons of petrol products and 4.5 million tons of food.
German forces were compelled to retreat from Moscow in January 1942, but the siege of Leningrad to the north continued, with casualties mounting. On April 5, Hitler initiated another offensive in the Southern Caucus. Its twin goals were to secure economic resources, particularly oil production facilities, and eliminate Soviet forces in the region. Hitler reportedly told Field Marshall Erich von Manstein, “It is a question of the possession of Baku. Unless we get the Baku oil, the war is lost.” The offensive began on June 28, 1942. The German army achieved initial victories, but on July 9, Hitler altered the original plan and added the capture of Stalingrad as an additional objective. This further thinned out German forces over vast stretches of land, straining German supply lines. Stalin and the Soviet high command vowed that the defenders of Stalingrad would take one step back.
On November 19, 1942, Soviet forces initiated a counteroffensive under the command of Vasili Ivanovich Chuikov, a veteran of the Russian Civil War who only a few weeks before had been in China as a military advisor to Chiang Kai-shek. Chuikov’s army surrounded the German army which soon became desperate for food and supplies and suffered from the freezing cold. Hitler exhorted the trapped German forces to fight to the death, but on January 31, 1943, General Friedrich Paulus and his fellow generals disobeyed Hitler and surrendered so as to save their remaining 91,000 troops. German soldiers by this point had been reduced to surviving on tiny food rations and catching cats and rats. Hitler was enraged at this apparent “betrayal.” British war correspondent Alexander Werth wrote that “no one doubted that this was the turning point in World War II.” In the U.S., the New Republic declared that “Hitler has lost the war, and for this the Russians deserve the major share of the credit.”
5.4 The idea of a Second Front
On June 3, 1942, however, British Admiral Louis Mountbatten arrived at the White House. He stayed for two weeks, presenting a series of arguments in opposition to opening a Second Front. In one five-hour session with Roosevelt, he advocated as an alternative a joint Anglo-American military campaign in North Africa. Mountbatten called for a combined U.S.-British force to secure North Africa then sweep up through the Balkans and on to Poland. With Mountbatten having softened up the Roosevelt administration, the British brought in their heavy hitters. On June 20, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the British Chiefs of Staff arrived in Washington to nail down the alternative plan. President Roosevelt, Secretary of War Stimson, U.S. Army chief of staff George C. Marshall, and adviser Harry Hopkins all opposed the North Africa campaign, viewing it as diversionary. Not only would it fail to draw many German divisions from the Eastern Front, but it would also divert Allied troops and supplies and delay the invasion of Western Europe to perhaps 1944. These predictions, in hindsight, proved to be correct, but Churchill and company ultimately prevailed, as the Americans would not undertake a Second Front without British participation.
Another factor, however, began to weigh into Churchill’s calculations – the possibility that, without a British-American invasion in Western Europe, the Soviets would continue their advance from the east and conquer Germany by themselves. Such was the message of General Jan Smuts of South Africa who wrote to Churchill on August 31 and September 3, 1943, suggesting that if Russia is the sole victor in defeating Nazi Germany in Europe, “this will leave Russia the diplomatic master of the world.”
5.5 British-American campaigns in North Africa and Italy
In late October 1942, an invasion force of 220 British and U.S. ships carrying 107,000 men sailed down and across the Atlantic to the North African coastline, dodging German U-boats along the way. On November 8, U.S. forces landed on Morocco’s Atlantic coast while a combined Anglo-American force went ashore at two points along Algeria’s Mediterranean coast. A battalion-sized airborne force also landed near Oran with a mission to seize two airfields. The enemy that the Allies encountered was not German or Italian forces, but rather French forces assigned to protect French protectorates under the Vichy government of Marshall Philippe Pétain. The Nazis had permitted the Vichy government to maintain French forces in Africa, effectively placing them at the service of Germany.
The French soldiers were undoubtedly aware of the tragic irony of fighting the very nations that they once hoped would save them from Nazi domination, but virtually all did their sworn duty and defended their terrain against the Anglo-American invaders. French resistance in the North Africa campaign cost the American army and navy 337 men killed, 637 wounded, 122 missing, and 71 captured. The French were nevertheless quick to surrender. On November 10, Admiral Francois Darlan, commander of the Vichy French forces, ordered all French forces to cooperate with the Allies. This included not only French soldiers in North Africa, but also those in French West Africa.
Of the American soldiers, Pyle wrote, “When they first came over here, you’d frequently hear the pilots say they didn’t hate the Germans, but you don’t hear that anymore. They have lost too many friends, too many roommates. Now it is killing that animates them.” That was about as far as the Office of Censorship in Washington would go in allowing first-hand accounts. According to the historian Susan Brewer, war correspondents were “expected to contribute to the war effort” and war photographers were obliged to work with government censors who “did not want the public to see photographs of U.S. soldiers maimed in combat, crying or losing control, killed in accidents or by ‘friendly fire,’ or suffering from self-inflicted wounds or psychological trauma.” As General Eisenhower put it, “Correspondents have a job in war as essential as the military personnel. Fundamentally, public opinion wins wars.”
On the second day of the invasion, the worst “friendly fire” incident in U.S. history occurred up to that time. General George S. Patton, commander of the Seventh Army, scheduled a parachute drop of 2,200 men from Col. James Gavin’s 505th Parachute Infantry into Gela. This information, however, did not reach the Allied troops and anti-aircraft batteries on the ground. The result was a blistering attack on the slow-moving columns of C-47 aircraft passing over. Twenty-three were shot down and another 37 damaged, and 400 paratroopers and pilots were killed or wounded. Some of the troops jumped into the sea and drowned. Some were killed by bullets as they descended in their chutes. Eight pilots turned back to Tunisia still carrying their paratroopers. Eisenhower was furious and blamed Patton.
Patton had a reputation as a hard-driving commander, so hard in fact that one in eight soldiers under his command became a casualty in the Italian campaign. Patton once physically struck and verbally abused two soldiers recovering from battle fatigue in field hospitals. He told one of the soldiers that he would not “have these brave men here who have been shot seeing a yellow bastard sitting here crying. . . . You ought to be lined up against a wall and shot. In fact, I ought to shoot you myself right now. God damn you!” Patton then slapped the soldier repeatedly. Upon hearing of the incident, General Eisenhower ordered Patton to apologize to his troops and temporarily removed him from his command.
5.6 Allied bombing of Germany (phase one)
The breakdown of ethical standards was most appalling in the bombing of civilians during the war. Following the brutal bombing of Guernica and other Spanish cities by German and Italian air forces, the League of Nations Assembly passed a resolution on September 30, 1938, declaring that the “intentional bombing of civilian populations is illegal.” Less than one year later, on September 1, 1939, the very day German troops invaded Poland, President Franklin Roosevelt appealed to the nations of Europe to refrain from aerial bombardments:
The ruthless bombing from the air of civilians in unfortified centers of population during the course of the hostilities which have raged in various quarters of the earth during the past few years, which has resulted in the maiming and in the death of thousands of defenseless men, women, and children, has sickened the hearts of every civilized man and woman, and has profoundly shocked the conscience of humanity. . . . I am therefore addressing this urgent appeal to every government which may be engaged in hostilities publicly to affirm its determination that its armed forces shall in no event, and under no circumstances, undertake the bombardment from the air of civilian populations or of unfortified cities, upon the understanding that these same rules of warfare will be scrupulously observed by all of their opponents.
This humanitarian concern for civilians was difficult to reconcile with the desire to use all weapons available to achieve victory at the least cost to one’s own forces. In the aftermath of World War I, Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, the reputed father of the U.S. Air Force, envisioned a new order of air power technologies that would enable victory by destroying the enemy’s infrastructure and industries behind battle lines. Italian air power theorist Major Giulio Douhet identified five targets to be attacked – industrial centers, transportation infrastructure, communications, key buildings, and, most ominously, population centers. He recommended three kinds of bombs – explosive, incendiary, and poison gas. By attacking the home front, Douhet postulated, the enemy would be forced to divert resources to caring for civilians and rebuilding infrastructure. Repeated bombings of urban centers, he believed, would sap the enemy population’s will to fight, or “civilian morale,” and lead to the utter collapse of the enemy’s society.
Daytime bombing, however, proved problematic for the British Royal Air Force (RAF) in the early years of the war. The loss of bombers in air raids over Germany outweighed the damage inflicted. At the time, RAF fighter escorts did not have the fuel capacity to accompany the bombers to distant targets. In early 1942, Air Marshall Arthur Harris switched to a strategy of “area bombing” at night, also known as “city busting.” He ordered that bomb loads include one-half to two-thirds incendiary bombs in order to ignite large-scale fires in urban areas. The raids were euphemistically described as targeting “the morale” of the enemy population. RAF area bombing raids of this kind were undertaken against Essen (March 1942), Lübeck (March), Augsburg (April), Cologne (May), Bremen (June), and other German cities.
Following U.S. entry into the war in December 1941, U.S. officials declared their intention to engage in daylight “precision bombing” of industrial and military targets. However, the AAF Eighth Bomber Command that was established in Britain in early 1942 coordinated its daytime bombing runs with the RAF’s nighttime “area bombing” raids. As Major General Ira Eaker, commander of Eighth Air Force, explained at the Casablanca conference between Roosevelt and Churchill in January 1943, the key point was to keep the Germans under attack both day and night. The joint chiefs of both countries attending the conference issued an official memorandum stating that their main objectives were “the progressive destruction and dislocation of the German military, industrial and economic system, and the undermining of the morale of the German people to a point where their capacity for armed resistance is fatally weakened.” The Roosevelt administration, as such, signed on to the indiscriminate bombing campaign under the euphemism of undermining German morale.
As the number of U.S. bombers, bombing raids, and bomb loads increased over time, the distinction between military and civilian targets grew progressively murkier. A turning point was the bombing of Hamburg in late July 1943. U.S. and RAF squadrons bombed the city for eight days and seven nights. Codenamed Operation Gomorrah, the incendiary bombs created firestorms throughout the city, with temperatures reaching 800 degrees centigrade and causing wind storms of 150 miles per hour. Many people died of asphyxiation while huddled in bomb shelters or basements. Lieutenant Hermann Bock, commander of a German flak battery, wrote that “Hamburg’s night sky became in minutes, even seconds, a sky so absolutely hellish that it is impossible to describe it even in words. . . . It was like the end of the world.” A survivor described the howling firestorm caused by the bombs as “the devil laughing.” The prolonged assault on Hamburg killed at least 55,000 civilians, wounded many more, and destroyed nearly half the city’s dwelling units.
According to geography professor Kenneth Hewitt, “About half of all deaths occurred in Grossbezirk Mitte, which included the city center and nearby mostly low-income residential areas. Some 19 percent of the dead, or about 7,000 were children. About 10,000 resident children were orphaned in the raids. . . . Also destroyed were 24 hospitals, 58 churches, 277 schools, 76 civic buildings, 83 banks, 2,632 stores, and a zoo with many of its captive animals. This was in addition to the more legitimate targets of 183 large and 4,113 small factories, 580 other industrial plants, 180,000 tons of shipping in the port, and 12 bridges.”
Such mass destruction of German cities posed a public relations problem for U.S. war planners. General Ira Eaker, commander of the Eighth Air Force, was concerned enough to require that all press releases be first submitted to the “war chiefs” where any mention of civilian casualties could be excised or spun as unavoidable collateral damage. He also warned commanders not to describe such events in their memos and personal journals. As Eaker told General Clayton Bissell, the assistant chief of air staff for intelligence, “We have got a mass of historians at both ends watching all this correspondence and these things cannot but creep into the official documents unless we are all on guard.” The cover-up kept Americans in the dark as the generals proceeded to obliterate German cities and civilians. On October 10, 1943, 236 U.S. bombers assaulted the city of Munster in clear weather, using the center of the town as their aiming point. Such urban area bombing became common practice in the fall of 1943.
6.1 The Western Front
On January 22, 1944, the Allies launched Operation Shingle, an amphibious landing on the Anzio beaches southwest of Rome, behind the Gustav-Cassino Line, a German defensive position constructed in late 1943 across Italy. The Battle of Anzio, which continued until the Allies captured Rome on June 4, was marked by trench warfare and artillery barrages reminiscent of World War I. The agony of the fighting was captured by a soldiers’ poem that read:
Praise be to God for this captured sod that rich with blood does seep;
Praise yours and mine, like butchered swine’s; and hell is six feet deep.
That death awaits there’s no debate; no triumph will we reap.
That crosses grow on Anzio, where hell is six feet deep.
In 1943, the Allies began working with the French resistance by sending three-man “Jedburgh” teams to assist in anti-Nazi sabotage activities. These operations helped lay the groundwork for the famous D-Day landing on June 6, 1944, when 156,000 American, British and Canadian soldiers landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified French coast of Normandy. The night before, the soldiers listened to Dwight Eisenhower’s speech in which he referred to the next day’s events as part of a “great crusade” that would “bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.”
After their retreat from the beaches, the Germans hid in hedges surrounding the riverbanks in Normandy, known as bocage. Mortars and rockets were their weapons of choice, along with antitank guns which could destroy American Sherman tanks almost at will. The Americans were forced to fight from field to field, from hedgerow to hedgerow, measuring the progress of their advance only in yards. Their ingenuity was exemplified by Sergeant Curtis Culin, a twenty-nine-year-old taxi driver from Chicago, who collected steel blades from the beaches and attached them to the front of tanks, which enabled the tanks to cut through the thick bocage. With the aid of massive shelling and carpet-bombing from the air, the Allies succeeded in destroying two large, well equipped German armies in just 76 days, a task they achieved, according to Brigadier General Denis Whitaker, despite “faulty leadership, inferior equipment, and bad command decisions.”
General Dwight Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, said that the battlefield at Falaise, the site of Normandy’s ghoulish final battle, could be described “only by Dante. It was literally possible to walk for hundreds of yards at a time, stepping on nothing but dead and decaying flesh.” Nearly every field in the once-beautiful countryside held carcasses of cattle and horses blasted by the war. A young British private who participated in the campaign quipped that “if by some fluke I survived and went back to England, there would be no young men walking about at all because they were all being killed and wounded in Normandy.”
Among the fatalities of the Normandy invasion were some 20,000 French civilians. Many were killed by Allied bombardments of the towns of Saint Lo, Aunay-sur-Odon, Tilly-sur-Seulles, Listieux, and Caen, where there had never been more than 300 Germans. A Caen resident wrote that the bombs “eviscerated the city without pity, with a bestial frenzy.” In Tilly-sur-Seulles, a local doctor tending civilians said that “even at Verdun [key battle in the First World War] he had not seen such terrible wounds.” British journalist Alexander McKee recorded in his journal that he was “not surprised that our [Allied] troops advancing between Caen and Lisieux were fired on by French civilians. No doubt many Frenchmen found it hard to be liberated by a people who seem, by their actions, to specialize in the mass murder of friends.”
Many German soldiers by this time had become disenchanted with the war and Nazi leadership. Wehrmacht artillery officer Gunter Materne stated that “we were trained in the 1930s to believe that the final victory would be ours. But during the fighting, many of us came to have a certain skepticism. The American weapon superiority was so great, I told my second in command we’d be knocked back to the Siegfried Line. But of course, we had to be careful about saying this; one could be court-martialed for being a defeatist.” Another soldier, Wenzel Borgert, added that many German soldiers had come to feel they had been “duped by propaganda. We believed it all, we knew nothing else.”
Following the Battle of Normandy, U.S. and British forces pushed rapidly across northern France, taking Paris on August 25. A great celebration was held in the city the following day, with throngs coming out to greet Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Army, as he marched down Champs-Élysées Avenue. Notwithstanding the celebrations, French resistance forces exacted revenge on citizens they deemed German collaborators, killing perhaps 20,000. Women accused of selling their bodies to German soldiers were paraded about town squares and publicly humiliated and shamed, with their heads shaved. Winston Churchill’s private secretary, upon observing one such scene, said that he was initially appalled, but then reflected that “we British had known no invasion or occupation for some nine hundred years. So, we were not the best judges.”
The Allies regained the offensive when skies cleared. Utilizing their superior air power, they repelled German advances and pushed back German lines. A German after-action report from a Belgian province reported that attacking waves of German soldiers were “literally wading knee deep through their own dead in their desperate assaults.” On Christmas morning, more than a thousand German corpses were piled up on roads and the woods were strewn with German dead.
Upon hearing of the Malmedy massacre, some U.S. units took revenge and began killing German POWs, notably at Chenogne on January 1, 1945, in which 60 German POWs were massacred by their American captors. Sgt. John W. Fague, who was part of the Combat Command B unit of the 11th Armored Division, U.S. Third Army, commanded by George Patton, witnessed the killing by his fellow soldiers. He later wrote:
As we were going up the hill out of town, I know some of our boys were lining up German prisoners in the fields on both sides of the road. They must have been 25 or 30 German boys in each group. Machine guns were being set up. These boys were to be machine gunned and murdered. We were committing the same crimes we were now accusing the Japs and Germans of doing. The terrible significance of what was going on did not occur to me at the time. After the killing and confusion of that morning the idea of killing some more Krauts didn’t particularly bother me. I didn’t want any share in the killing. My chief worry was that Germans hiding in the woods would see this massacre and we would receive similar treatment if we were captured. I turned my back on the scene and walked on up the hill. . . . Going back down the road into town I looked into the fields where the German boys had been shot. Dark lifeless forms lay in the snow.
Kurt Vonnegut, the famous writer who was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge, described the American fighting forces as a “mixture of college kids and those who had enlisted to avoid jail. Many were poor physical specimens who should never have been in the army and few had received infantry training. However, some displayed great heroics like Isidore Jachman, a Jewish émigré to the U.S. awarded a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor, who seized a bazooka from another soldier who was killed and saved his company by fighting off two tanks. Nine of the field artillery battalions in VIII Corps that helped liberate Bastogne were all-black units whose heroic performance defied the racial prejudice that dominated at that time.
The motives for desertion varied and included people who cracked under the stresses of constant battle and were pushed beyond their mental limit or were fearful for their lives or did not want to kill. “The mystery to me,” wrote Ernie Pyle, the battlefront correspondent known for his sympathetic reports about ordinary GIs, “is that anybody at all, no matter how strong, can keep his spirit from breaking down in battle.” British army deserter John Vernon Bain wrote a poem to his son explaining his decision. It read:
“But my son, my spirit underneath,
Survived it all intact;
They thought they’d crushed me like a bug,
But I had won in fact.”
For Bain and many others, the decision to desert reflected a need to sustain their humanity amid the barbarism of war and the dehumanizing institution of the army which encouraged actions that in any other context but war would be regarded as criminal. In some units, a breakdown in morale was caused by the replacement of officers who had died with new “noncoms” who lacked field experience and exhibited poor command leadership. One regiment of the 45th Infantry division fighting in France suffered forty-five troops coming off line with combat fatigue in one week, a number prompted in part by rainy and muddy conditions which caused skin infections and trench foot that could not be cleaned or eradicated. The commander of the 143rd regiment, Colonel Paul D. Adams, reported that his men had experienced physical and mental breakdowns which in turn dramatically increased desertions, self-inflicted wounds, and combat exhaustion.
The unluckiest of the deserters was Private Eddie Slovik, a twenty-five-year-old ex-convict from Detroit, Michigan, who was the only American soldier executed for desertion. The last to be executed was William Smitz of the Union Army, Company F, 90th Pennsylvania volunteers, shot by a firing squad shot in 1865. Slovik’s desertion in northern France on October 9, 1944, was atypical in that, while 80 percent of deserters were frontline infantrymen escaping after long periods of continuous combat, he never fought a battle. Nor did he go on the run as most other deserters did. His mistake was to make clear that he preferred prison to battle. Of the forty-nine Americans sentenced to death for desertion, Slovik was the only one whose appeal for commutation was rejected. The timing of his appeal in November militated against clemency, as his comrades were engaged in a ferocious fight in the Hurtgen forest that caused 6,184 casualties among the 15,000 troops in his 28th Infantry division unit, and supreme Allied commander Dwight Eisenhower could not be seen as condoning desertion during the Battle of the Bulge.
6.2 Allied bombing (phase two)
In May 1944, Life Magazine published a powerful eyewitness account of the bombing of Leipzig, Germany. The authors – three young American women, Barbara, Christina and Sybilla Knuth – lived in the city with their mother during the Allied bombings on the nights of December 3, 1943, and February 19, 1944. In the latter raid, the girls were awakened at 3:45 a.m. by the sound of air sirens. They ran down to their cellar for cover, where they could hear the bombs shrieking and whistling in the night and feel their house shaking. When they went up on the roof afterward, they could see fires burning on every street.
The next major bombing target was Dresden, an historic cultural center full of magnificent buildings and artworks. From February 13 to 15, the city was mercilessly bombed by an Allied force of 1,300 bombers and 800 fighters. Firestorms were ignited that killed tens of thousands – estimates range from 25,000 to well over 100,000. People were burned to death in firestorms or died by suffocation in a few hours – a horror described by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., an American POW in Dresden, in his postwar novel, Slaughterhouse Five. Historian Philip Knightly wrote that the “flames ate everything organic, everything that would burn. People died by the thousands, cooked, incinerated or suffocated. Then the American planes came the next day to machine gun survivors as they struggled to the bank of the Elbe.”
Military justifications for Allied urban bombing raids grew progressively weaker as the Wehrmacht retreated and victory approached. The historian Charles Maier notes that the American bombing raids continued “until almost the last weeks of the war, when it was clear that they could play little strategic role. In theory, disruption of rail communication could justify almost any attack, but in fact the prevailing emotion seems to have been that no target should remain unspared.” Having built a huge arsenal of bombers and fighters and shipped them to Britain, USSTAF commanders appeared eager to use them.
The absurdity of end-of-the-war bombing missions was epitomized by an aerial attack on the French Atlantic seaside town of Royan three weeks before the final surrender of Germany. Between April 14 and 16, more than 1,200 heavy bombers went out each day to drop incendiaries, napalm bombs, and 2000-pound demolition bombs on German garrisons near the town. Although there was no official casualty count, a New York Times dispatch reported: “Royan, a town of 20,000, once was a vacation spot. About 350 civilians, dazed or bruised by two terrific air bombings in forty-eight hours, crawled from the ruins and said the air attacks had been ‘such hell as we never believed possible.’ Other civilians have been evacuated.”
In the aftermath of the war, the U.S. Air Force Strategic Bombing Survey issued a report dated September 30, 1945, summarizing Allied operations. Having examined 208 separate Allied bombing missions against Germany, the report noted that “almost 2,700,000 tons of bombs were dropped, [and] more than 1,440,000 bomber sorties and 2,680,000 fighter sorties were flown.” The effects on the ground were briefly described:
In the wake of these attacks there are great paths of destruction. In Germany, 3,600,000 dwelling units, approximately 20% of the total, were destroyed or heavily damaged. Survey estimates show some 300,000 civilians killed and 780,000 wounded. The number made homeless aggregates 7,500,000. The principal German cities have been largely reduced to hollow walls and piles of rubble. German industry is bruised and temporarily paralyzed. These are the scars across the face of the enemy, the preface to the victory that followed.
The report concluded that the bombings contributed to the Allied victory but were not decisive. Psychologists found that while bombing had depressed morale in Germany, it had markedly less effect on behavior. Personal habits, police state discipline and propaganda all kept workers on their jobs and protected the Nazi regime from overthrow even under the cruelest bombardment.
6.3 The Eastern Front
On July 22, 1944, advancing Soviet troops liberated the first Nazi concentration camp, Majdanek, located in central Poland. The camp was the site of one of the largest single-day mass killings of the Holocaust (November 3, 1943), when 18,000 Jews were shot amidst the backdrop of dance music designed to drown out the victims’ screams. The liberation of Majdanek was followed by the liberation of Belsec, Chelmo, Sobibor, Treblinka, and the most notorious Nazi death factory at Auschwitz-Birkenau. David Dushman, a 21-year-old Red Army soldier, drove his T-34 tank through an electric fence surrounding Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 1945. He lived until age 98, the last surviving liberator of the camp.
The Red Army, meanwhile, began its final thrust toward Berlin on April 16. The first battle at Seelow Heights on the Oder River, thirty-six miles east of the German capital, pitted about 112,000 German troops, 600 tanks, and 2,700 artillery guns against one million Soviet and Polish troops, 3000 tanks, and 17,000 guns. Over 1.2 million artillery shells were hurled at the German lines in the span of a single day. By April 20, Hitler’s birthday, General Zhukov’s First Belorussian army along with General Ivan Konev’s First Ukrainian Front were on the outskirts of Berlin. The final battle for Berlin was waged from April 23 to May 2, involving continuous Soviet shelling and house to house fighting. The battle left some 100,000 German and 75,000 Soviet dead. On May 2, German commander Helmuth Weidling agreed to an unconditional surrender of the city, turning 180,000 German soldiers over to the Soviets as prisoners of war.
6.4 The Elbe River linkup: A lost opportunity for peace
Polowsky, whose parents emigrated from the Kiev area of Russia, served as a rifleman in the 273rd Infantry, Third Platoon, 69th Division of the First U.S. Army, which fought in Germany. On April 24, 1945, Polowsky was called into company headquarters and asked to form a patrol – seven Jeeps, twenty-eight men – to travel five miles in front of enemy lines to see if they could get some signs of the Russians. Lieutenant Albert “Buck” Kotzebue, age twenty-six, was put in charge of the mission since he was also of Russian heritage and considered the best platoon leader in the company. When their scouting party reached the Elbe River at 11:30 a.m. the next day, Kotzebue sent up two green flares. Russian soldiers in the town of Torgau across the river responded by waving and joyously shouting “Amerikanski!”
The U.S. Army’s conservative Stars and Stripes magazine devoted an entire issue to the linkup under the headline “Yanks Meet Reds.” Correspondent Andy Rooney, later of 60 Minutes fame, wrote that “you get the feeling of exuberance, a great new world opening up.” Conveying a similar sentiment, Russia’s famed anti-Stalinist poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko wrote in his poem, “In a Steelworker’s Home”: “True, the great ocean, the Pacific, is between us. But we will swim it; no ocean so great it cannot become an Elbe! . . . Our common Elbe, we must not betray, Russia and America swim closer.”
Unfortunately, Truman’s deeds did not match his words. By 1946, he was pushing a hardline policy against the Soviets. He fired Henry Wallace as Commerce Secretary after Wallace gave a speech calling for peaceful cooperation with Russia and the dismantling of American air bases. When Wallace ran for president in 1948, Truman’s campaign ushered in the McCarthy era by smearing him as a communist sympathizer. The memory of the Elbe River linkup was largely buried during the Cold War, which is why Polowsky kept up his annual vigil in Chicago every April 25. Following his death, at his request, he was buried in Torgau, the city along the Elbe where a peace monument commemorates the U.S.-Soviet linkup. “Polowsky’s gravesite,” his friend LeRoy Wolins noted, “became a world peace shrine.”
6.5 Occupational atrocities
The Soviet occupation of Berlin in the spring of 1945 was accompanied by an epidemic of rapes. “The Russian soldiers were raping every German female from eight to eighty,” wrote Natalya Gesse, a Soviet war correspondent at the time. “It was an army of rapists.” According to Antony Beevor:
Estimates of rape victims from the city’s two main hospitals ranged from 95,000 to 130,000. One doctor deduced that out of approximately 100,000 women raped in the city, some 10,000 died as a result, mostly from suicide. The death rate was thought to have been much higher among the 1.4 million estimated victims in East Prussia, Pomerania and Silesia. Altogether at least two million German women are thought to have been raped, and a substantial minority, if not a majority, appear to have suffered multiple rape.”
The occupying Soviet troops also looted and destroyed property. Famed writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote despairingly that “soldiers have turned into avid beasts. In the fields, lie hundreds of shot cattle; on the roads, pigs and chickens with their heads chopped off. Houses have been looted and are on fire. What cannot be taken away is being broken and destroyed. The Germans are right to be running away from us like a plague.”
Another Nazi target was the Communists. Prior to invading the Soviet Union, Hitler issued the Barbarossa decree, calling for “military justice vis-à-vis the civilian population.” This meant, in practice, executing Soviet political and civic leaders in local communities without trial. German commanders ordered hundreds of thousands of political functionaries killed. One commander, General Ludwig Beck, ruefully wrote in his diary in early 1941 that the murder of innocents “is sacrificing the honor of the German army.” The German treatment of Soviet POWs constituted another systemic atrocity. As the Wehrmacht blitzed through the western region of the Soviet Union, hundreds of thousands of Soviet soldiers were taken prisoner. Largely due to shortages of food and forced marches, approximately 3.3 million out of 5.7 Soviet POWs died during the war, a horrendous toll.
The ultimate atrocity, the Nazi “Final Solution” or Holocaust, entailed a massive, covert operation to transport Jews across Nazi-occupied Europe to concentration camps iin the east fitted with gas chambers. At the Auschwitz camp alone, 960,000 Jews died along with 74,000 non-Jewish Poles, 21,000 Roma (Gypsies), and 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war. Another 925,000 Jews died at Treblinka. When Allied troops entered the concentration camps, they discovered piles of corpses, bones, and human ashes – testimony to Nazi mass murder. In the words of one Red Army solider, “Total horror. Impossible to describe.” The Allies rescued thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish survivors suffering from starvation and disease.
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7.1 Island warfare
The suffering and slaughter continued in campaigns to retake the Mariana Islands – Saipan, Tinian, and Guam – between June 14 and August 10, 1944. The battle for Saipan, the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands, was characterized by American pilots as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot” since it was a one-sided slaughter. At least 23,000 Japanese troops were killed and more than 1,780 captured, as compared to 3,000 American fatalities. Japanese banzai charges reminded Major Ed McCarthy of the cattle stampedes at the movies: “The Japs kept coming and coming, I didn’t think they would ever stop.” Bulldozers had to be brought to bury more than 4,000 enemy corpses in a mass grave. The death toll of over 50,000 on the island included 22,000 civilians, of whom 800 to 1,000 committed suicide. Conditioned by Japanese propaganda to believe that the Americans were sadistic monsters, many hurled themselves from 800-foot cliffs at the Morubi Bluffs. Americans burned villages which harbored Japanese snipers and imprisoned some 15,000 civilians deemed sympathetic to the Japanese military.
On October 20, 1944, General Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines accompanied by four army divisions. Landing on the beaches of Leyte island, he gave his famous “I have returned” radio message to the Philippine people, having departed one and a half years earlier. The Japanese command was determined to hold the island and thus reinforced its land, sea, and air forces. The skies overhead raged and a major naval battle was fought in the Gulf of Leyte, resulting in significant losses for the Japanese. The U.S. Eighth Army engaged in what army historians described as “bitter, rugged, fighting – physically, the most terrible we were ever to know.” By the third week of November, the relentless U.S. artillery had begun to break down Japanese defenses. In ordering a retreat, Japanese Admiral Sanji Iwabuchi issued orders to lay waste to Manila, resulting in what one eyewitness described as an “orgy of burning, shooting, raping and torture.” In the aftermath of the war, Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal prosecutor Pedro Lopez estimated that 131,028 murders were committed by Japanese forces in the “Rape of Manila” in February 1945, targeting especially civilians who collaborated with Americans and American-backed Filipino guerrillas. MacArthur pressed on with an invasion of Luzon, the main Philippine island, ultimately gaining control of all strategic areas in the Philippines by March 1945.
The Japanese dug underground tunnels and caves in order to withstand the American assault. Sherrod wrote that “the Japanese [at Iwo-Jima] built so well underground that they all but nullified our superior firepower. We could bomb and shell until our guns sizzled and our pilots dropped.” On the walls of the caves, commanding General Kuribayashi Tadamichi – who had previously fought with distinction in China – posted copies of the “Courageous Battle Vow” which pledged the defenders to “kill ten of the enemy before dying.” Some Americans had the slogan “rodent exterminator” written on their helmets. Seeing that the Japanese were intent on fighting to the death, they were given orders to “take no prisoners.” Demolition squads were equipped with napalm-firing flamethrowers, rocket firing bazookas, and explosives which were used to flush the Japanese out of the caves.
Suichi Yamaguchi, one of the few Japanese survivors, described the battle of Iwo Jima as “living hell for us.” He told ABC News decades later that it was “a one-sided battle. Japan had nothing, no ammunition, no supplies – we couldn’t strike back effectively.” Norman Baker, a surviving U.S. Marine stated that the battle only got nastier and “more brutal” after the hoisting of the American flag. “After a while, I wasn’t shocked anymore and that’s the worst thing for me. You just became like animals or a machine.”
Fear of ambushes and snipers led U.S. units to torch Okinawan huts, just as they would a generation later in the Vietnam War. Flame-tanks were called in to set fire to villages. The Marines burned down Shuri Castle, a precious cultural treasure built in the 15th century Ryukyus kingdom. Early in June 1945, 81 mm mortars brought a blistering barrage of white phosphorus shells down on the village of Tera where Marines uncovered few enemy soldiers and many dazed and mutilated civilian victims among the ruins. For phosphorous burns, recalled a medic, “you can’t use water on it, just Vaseline, but the Okinawans didn’t have any – or anything else. So lots of them just burned and burned. Japanese soldiers and civilians were also buried alive in caves after the Americans collapsed them with explosives and dynamite. In the infamous “Cave of the Virgins” in Ihara, 51 school girls along with 28 doctors and nurses who ran a makeshift underground hospital, were killed. Other civilians were killed by what the locals called a “typhoon of steel,” the hysterical American aerial bombing and artillery shelling which destroyed much of the island.
7.2 A brutal race war
Correspondent Edgar L. Jones wrote in the February 1946 Atlantic Monthly: “We shot prisoners in cold blood, wiped out hospitals, strafed lifeboats, killed or mistreated enemy civilians, finished off the enemy wounded, tossed the dying into a hole with the dead and in the Pacific boiled flesh off enemy skulls to make table ornaments for sweethearts or covered their bones into letter openers.” Life Magazine tellingly featured on one of its covers, U.S. soldiers smiling next to a Japanese skull, and soldiers wearing necklaces filled with Japanese soldiers’ teeth and other body parts. More than one in ten Americans, according to a poll, supported the extermination of the Japanese.
E. B. Sledge, an American biologist, wrote in his memoir of fighting on Peleliu and Okinawa that the men in his unit became “hardened” and consumed with “brutish and primitive hatred.” One GI severed the hand of a dead Japanese as a battlefield trophy; another harvested gold teeth, while another shot a terrified old Okinawan woman, dismissing her as “just an old gook woman who wanted me to put her out of her misery.” The term “gook” – which was widely adopted in the Vietnam War – originated in the U.S. military occupation of Haiti (1915-34) and implies human slime or filth. The Japanese were also described as “little yellow monkeys,” “yellow animals,” “little brown bastards,” “baboons,” “dirty little rats,” “pestilence,” “Nips,” and “primitive barbarians,” among other refrains. One advertisement in the U.S. proclaimed: “There‘s only one way to exterminate the slant-eyes – with gunpowder.”
7.3 The bombing of Japan
The key architect of the American bombing campaign, General Curtis LeMay, did not believe in the protection of civilians in warfare. After World War II, he stated: “There are no innocent civilians. It is their government and you are fighting a people, you are not trying to fight an armed force anymore. So it doesn’t bother me to be killing the so-called innocent bystander.” LeMay further stated that he thought it was “more immoral to use less force than necessary, than to use it more. If you lose less force, you kill off more of humanity in the long run because you are merely protracting the struggle.” According to LeMay, for a “soldier, to worry about the morality of what were doing – Nuts. A soldier has to fight. We fought. If we accomplished the job in any given battle without exterminating too many of our own folks, we considered that we’d had a pretty good day.” Though considered by many to be a “caveman in a bomber,” LeMay was a popular figure among his own men as he never asked them to do something that he would not do himself – he had previous piloted planes on dangerous missions over Germany.
LeMay took over the 21st bomber command from General Haywood Hansell on January 6, 1945, after it became clear to Hansell’s superiors in Washington that he wanted to continue precision bombing by day. As this was generally more dangerous for American pilots, a number of Hansell’s subordinates lobbied for his removal. According to Charles Griffith’s biography of Hansell:
The kind of bombing advocated in Washington in the fall of 1944 was closer to the Douhetian vision than anything the Army Air Forces had considered before. This was, in effect, a complete reversal of policy. In a lecture in the late 1930s entitled “The Aim in War,” Hansell expressed the prevailing American attitude: “Let us make it emphatically clear that [strategic bombing] does not mean the indiscriminate bombing of women and children.” The American public, after three years of brutal war in the Pacific, had come to see the Japanese as inhuman monsters worthy of extermination. At the highest level of decision making, the perception was much the same.
The full fury of firebombing and napalm was unleashed on the night of March 9-10, 1945, when LeMay sent 334 B-29s from the Marianas to firebomb Tokyo. The bomber squadron arrived virtually unchallenged because of a shortage of Japanese fighter planes and antiaircraft guns. The American mission was to reduce the city to rubble, kill as many citizens as possible, burn their houses to the ground, and terrorize the population into demanding that their government surrender. Stripped of their guns to make more room for bombs, the bombers flew at high altitudes, averaging 7,000 feet to evade detection. They carried two kinds of incendiaries: M47s, 100-pound oil gel bombs, 182 per aircraft, each capable of starting a major fire, and M69s, 6-pound gelled-gasoline bombs, 1,520 per aircraft in addition to a few high explosives to deter firefighters.
Survivor Fusako Sasaki recalled “stacked corpses being hauled away on lorries. Everywhere there was a stench of the dead and of smoke. I saw the places on the pavement where people had been roasted to death.” Photographer Ishikawa Koyo described the streets of Tokyo as “rivers of fire . . . flaming pieces of furniture exploding in the heat, while the people themselves blazed like ‘matchsticks’ as their wood and paper homes exploded in flames. Under the wind and the gigantic breath of the fire, immense incandescent vortices rose in a number of places, swirling, flattening, sucking whole blocks of houses into their maelstrom of fire.” The swirling gasses often propelled the B-29s thousands of feet up into the sky. American pilots, navigators, and gunners tried to avoid choking or vomiting after smelling the burning flesh. Down below, it took 25 days to remove all the dead from the gutted rubble.
The B-29s also bombed the historic city of Osaka, the site of Japan’s oldest imperial palace, destroying 8.1 square miles of the city along with 119 factories and 200,000 houses. Takako Oshima, 14, survived the firebombing of Osaka after her dress had caught fire. Her brother burned to death in the inferno and her mother died from smoke inhalation. Several smaller cities were bombed, like Tsu where 1,498 people were killed and the city was left in flames.
Hollywood also helped bolster public support for the air war through films like Walt Disney’s animated feature Victory Through Air Power (1943), which culminated triumphantly with giant American bombers destroying Tokyo as “America the Beautiful” played in the background. According to historian Michael Sherry, the film “cultivated popular expectations for a virtuous campaign of annihilation [against Japan]” as the air war was “at once glorified, trivialized and dehumanized, becoming a carnival of destruction, relieved of such imponderables as human beings.”
7.4 Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs
General Dwight Eisenhower, in his memoirs, recalled a visit from Secretary of War Henry Stimson in late July 1945, just before President Truman made his decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan:
I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of “face.”
Eisenhower reiterated the point years later in a Newsweek interview in 1963, saying that “the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing [the atomic bomb].” In fact, seven out of eight top U.S. military commanders believed that it was unnecessary to use atomic bombs against Japan from a military-strategic vantage point, including Admirals Chester Nimitz, Ernest King, William Halsey, and William Leahy, and Generals Henry Arnold and Douglas MacArthur. According to Air Force historian Daniel Haulman, even Curtis LeMay believed “the new weapons were unnecessary, because his bombers were already destroying the Japanese cities.”
Admiral Leahy, Truman’s chief military advisor, wrote in his memoirs:
It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons. . . . The lethal possibilities of atomic warfare in the future are frightening. My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.
That the Japanese were on the verge of defeat was made clear to the president in a top-secret memorandum from Secretary of War Henry Stimson on July 2, 1945. Stimson noted that Japan “has no allies,” its “navy is nearly destroyed,” she is vulnerable to an economic blockade depriving her “of sufficient food and supplies for her population,” she is “terribly vulnerable to our concentrated air attack upon her crowded cities, industrial, and food resources,” she “has against her not only the Anglo-American forces but the rising forces of China and the ominous threat of Russia,” and the United States has “inexhaustible and untouched industrial resources to bring to bear against her diminishing potential.” Stimson concluded that the U.S. should issue a warning of the “inevitability and completeness of the destruction” of Japan if it fails to surrender, adding, “I personally think that if in saying this we should add that we do not exclude a constitutional monarchy under her present dynasty, it would substantially add to the chances of acceptance.”
Indeed, acceptance of Japan’s constitutional emperor was the main sticking point for Japan’s War Council, the six-person decision-making body over which Emperor Hirohito nominally presided. The council members were cognizant of Japan’s dire predicament but not necessarily ready to surrender unconditionally. They were split, three to three, between hawkish members seeking to get the most out of a peace agreement, to the point of maintaining Japanese control over parts of China, and dovish members inclined to give way on every condition save one, the preservation of the emperor. The emperor’s role in fostering Japanese identity, culture, and national unity was not well understood in anti-authoritarian America (which had tossed out its British constitutional monarchy in 1776).
There were others who appealed to the president to back off from his hard-nosed demand. Former president Herbert Hoover visited Truman on May 28, 1945, to argue that the best way to end the war quickly was to alter the terms of surrender. According to Hoover’s biographer, he told Truman, “I am convinced that if you, as President, will make a shortwave broadcast to the people of Japan – tell them they can have their Emperor if they surrender, that it will not mean unconditional surrender except for the militarists – you’ll get a peace in Japan, you’ll have both wars over.” Some members of Congress also questioned the administration’s tough stand. Senator Homer Capehart (R-IN) asked rhetorically why “we must destroy Japan’s form of government and then spend years in occupation and teaching a different form of government.”
Nor did Truman pay attention to the Manhattan Project scientists who urged caution and moral responsibility in contemplating the use of this powerful new weapon. On July 17, 1945, one day after the sucessful Trinity test in the Nevada desert – in which a bomb filled with thirteen pounds of plutonium exploded with a power equivalent to 21,000 tons of TNT – physicist Leo Szilard and 155 other scientists presented a petition to the president stating that “this weapon should be made known by demonstration to the peoples of the world,” and that “the Japanese nation should be given the opportunity to consider the consequences of further refusal to surrender.” Furthermore, given the immense power for destruction of the new weapon, U.S. leaders were morally obliged to exercise restraint, “and if we were to violate this obligation our moral position would be weakened in the eyes of the world and in our own eyes.”
President Truman was well aware that Soviet entry into the war made Japan’s surrender more likely. After being reassured by Stalin at the Big Three meeting in Potsdam, Germany that the Soviets would enter the war on August 8, as agreed at the Yalta conference, Truman recorded in his journal on July 17, “Believe Japs will fold up before Russia comes in.” He also wrote to his wife that evening, “We’ll end the war a year sooner now, and think of the kids who won’t be killed.”
Notwithstanding a United Press report on August 8 stating that “as many as 200,000 of Hiroshima’s 340,000 residents perished or were injured” in the Hiroshima bombing, Truman apprently deemed it “absolutely necessary” to drop a second atomic bomb on August 9. This more powerful plutonium bomb, dubbed “Fat Man,” was dropped on Nagasaki by a B-29 named “Bockscar,” with the “Enola Gay” accompanying the mission. Many historians view the Nagasaki bombing as particularly grievous because the Japanese were not given time to absorb the significance of the Hiroshima bombing and respond.
Though international law had yet to outlaw aerial slaughter of civilians, the American firebombing and atomic bombing of Japanese cities could hardly be said to be trending in the right direction. The atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki was originally intended for Kokura, but clouds obscured that city and the B-29s were redirected to Nagasaki. The bomb missed its intended downtown target near the Mitsubishi headquarters by two miles and exploded instead above the Urakami Cathedral, the largest Christian church in East Asia, an area containing Japan’s biggest Catholic community. The writer Susan Southard, in her book, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, describes the smoldering scene encountered by U.S. occupation troops on September 23, 1945: “The Urakami Valley had vanished from existence, corpses were burning on cremation pyres, skulls and bones were piled on the ground, and people were walking through the ruins with beleaguered and empty expressions.”
The American public rejoiced at the end of the war. Many accepted at face value Truman’s statements that the atomic bombings were necessary in order to prevent a costly U.S. invasion of Japan. Few were privy to administration debates over unconditional surrender. Even fewer were aware of the strong opposition to atomic warfare by prominent military leaders such as Eisenhower, MacArthur, and Leahy. The assertion that the atomic bombs dropped on Japan forced it to surrender was not supported by the administration’s own U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, published in July 1946, which noted that the decision of Japanese leaders “to abandon the war is tied up with other factors. . . . It cannot be said, however, that the atomic bomb convinced the leaders who effected the peace of the necessity of surrender.”
In the aftermath of the atomic bombings, the Truman administration hid the true nature and effects of the bombings, just as it had obfuscated the effects of American firebombing of Japanese cities. In his radio address to the nation on August 9, Truman claimed that the bombs were intended for military and industrial targets. It was a specious claim, as virtually every city, town, and village in Japan could be said to have some level of military production, if only sewing buttons on uniforms. This was not why Hiroshima was chosen. Rather, the city was selected because it was “the largest untouched target not on the 21st Bomber Command priority list,” according to the administration’s Target Committee. Hiroshima, in other words, did not have enough military production to justify an earlier conventional attack (as compared to other cities on the priority list), and the effects of the bomb had to be uncontaminated from previous bombings in order to properly assess their damage. Truman erroneously declared that at Hiroshima the U.S. intention was to avoid civilian casualties:
The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians. But that attack is only a warning of things to come. If Japan does not surrender, bombs will have to be dropped on her war industries and, unfortunately, thousands of civilian lives will be lost. I urge Japanese civilians to leave industrial cities immediately, and save themselves from destruction.
Truman and company furthermore offered no hint of the deadly, long-lasting effects of bomb’s nuclear radiation. Indeed, administration officials denied such effects, which were well known to scientists. On September 13, more than one month after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, the New York Times published a front-page article titled, “No Radioactivity in Hiroshima Ruins.” The article noted that Brigadier General T. F. Farrell, chief of the War Department’s atomic bomb mission, “denied categorically that it [the Hiroshima bomb] produced a dangerous, lingering radioactivity in the ruins of the town.” After visiting the site, Farrell, a former New York State engineer, “said his group of scientists found no evidence of continuing radioactivity in the blasted area on September 9 when they began their investigations.” He added that “there was no danger to be encountered by living in the area at present.”
Australian Wilfred Burchett was the first Western journalist to provide an independent and critical eyewitness report after entering Hiroshima with U.S. Marines on the USS Millett on August 14, 1945. Starting his career in the mold of the “heroic explorer type who had secured the empire’s greatness,” as his biographer Tom Heenan put it, Burchett had covered the Sino-Japanese and Pacific War where he marveled at the scale of the U.S. air raids, still “too blinkered by the pyrotechnics to notice the victims.” His worldview immediately changed, however, upon witnessing Hiroshima. His article in the London Daily Express appeared on September 5 under the title, “The Atomic Plague.” The exposé was a “warning to the world,” he said, having encountered hundreds of dead so badly burned that “it was not even possible to tell whether they were men, women, old or young. Of thousands of others, nearer the center of the explosion, there was no trace, they just vanished.”
Such antipathy toward nuclear weapons and their use compelled a response from the Truman administration. At the suggestion of James B. Conant, a Harvard professor closely involved in the bomb’s development, administration officials commissioned a counterpoint article, ostensibly authored by former Secretary of War Henry Stimson, then in his eighties, but actually written by a committee headed by General Leslie Groves, the head of the Manhattan Project, and several senior officials. “The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb,” first appeared in the February 1947 issue of Harper’s magazine and was reprinted in major newspapers and aired on mainstream radio. Truman’s defenders claimed that the atomic bombings were “our least abhorrent choice,” as compared to an invasion, and prevented hundreds of thousands of American casualties. “The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki put an end to the Japanese war,” wrote the ghost authors. “It stopped the fire raids, and the strangling blockade; it ended the ghastly specter of the clash of great land armies.” According to the historian Paul Ham, author of Hiroshima Nagasaki (2014):
This line of thinking [presented by Truman’s defenders] has since insinuated itself into the public consciousness as the official version of the history of the nuclear destruction of two cities, in which 100,000 people, mostly civilians, were killed instantly and hundreds of thousands have since succumbed to cancers linked to radiation poisoning. Yet, the Harper’s defense of the bomb was a gross political deception. It recast the story of the use of the weapon in soothing phrases the American public wanted to hear, and which have, for 70 years, been accepted as the atomic gospel, or, as historians like to say, the orthodox version of history.”
The “orthodox” version of history was in fact a distortion of the reality which “revisionist” historians sought to correct. There was nevertheless a large gray area concerning motives that could not be pinned down as “fact,” and there were counterfactual “what ifs” that could be advanced but not ascertained – as in what if the Truman administration had altered the surrender formula. Some “revisionist” historians have argued that the Truman administration’s haste to unload atomic bombs on Japan was due in large part to a desire to prevent the Soviet Union from gaining a larger postwar role in Asia. According to historians Gar Alperovitz and Robert Messer, “the bomb also meant that the United States would not have to share the victory over Japan with the Russians,” as had happened in Germany (which was divided into four occupying zones). “Byrnes in particular (but Truman and Stimson as well) saw the bomb as a way to strengthen American’s diplomatic hand not only in the Far East but in negotiations over the fate of Europe in general, and Eastern Europe in particular.” Similarly, Peter Kuznick, director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University in Washington D.C., and Mark Selden, a historian at Cornell University, have maintained that Truman’s decision constituted an early volley in the coming Cold War. “Impressing Russia was more important than ending the war in Japan,” said Selden.
Controversy over historical interpretations burst into the public arena in 1994 with the opening of the Smithsonian exhibit in Washington, DC, titled “The Crossroads: The End of World War II, the Atomic Bomb, and the Origins of the Cold War.” The director and curators of Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum intended a balanced reflection on the atomic bombings. Their featured display, the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bombs, symbolized both American triumph over Japan and the tragedy of war. Next to the hulking fuselage of the plane were life-size photographs of victims and the testimony of survivors recalling the horror of the bombs. Parental discretion was advised.
Two influential private organizations, the Air Force Association and the American Legion, demanded elimination of the photos, particularly those of women and children, and insisted on the removal of a charred lunch box container of carbonized rice and peas that belonged to a seventh-grade school girl who disappeared in the bombing. Under pressure, the Smithsonian managers rewrote the script three times between August and October 1994, but each draft was severely criticized by the conservative groups. Finally, in June 1995, the Smithsonian opened an exhibit, titled “Enola Gay,” that contained no interpretation, no graphic images, no melted objects, and no heroes or executioners; only basic facts about the plane’s restoration.
7.5 Hibakusha Stories
Yasuaki Yamashita was a six-year-old school boy living in Nagasaki when his world was shattered on August 9, 1945. Yasuaki was playing in the mountains catching insects when a friend told him to be careful because of the overhead plane. After running home, he escaped to the family shelter and heard a huge crashing noise that appeared to be like thousands of lightning bolts striking at the same time. Feeling his mother’s body covering his body, Yasuaki heard another huge explosion and then total silence. The windows and doors had all been shattered and the roof had disappeared. His sister’s head was covered in glass and she was bleeding. She said she felt she was covered in oil; a sign of possible chemical weapons. Though she had a prosthetic leg, she was able to run with Yasuaki to take refuge in the mountains, where they watched the city of Nagasaki burn.
On the day the bomb was dropped, Yasuaki remembered a “tremendous and indescribable scene of desolation in which everything in the city burned up.” This was followed by a “terrible time when there was acute food shortages.” One of Yasuaki’s young friends was so badly burned on his back that his wounds became infected with maggots, causing him to die two days later. Yasuaki’s father was killed as he had been working in a naval shipyard and was instructed to go near the epicenter to help the victims. Though Yasuaki and his sister survived, he faced health problems and discrimination that prompted him to move to Mexico where he worked as an artist. Yasuaki stressed that people at the time did not know much about radioactivity and its effects and that many who were in the bomb’s vicinity died later from leukemia and other cancers and others committed suicide because they could not bear the survivors’ guilt or discrimination.
Yasuaki’s talk was followed by the testimony of Shigeko Sasamori who spent the morning of August 6, 1945 creating fire breaks in the city of Hiroshima with her junior high school class. When the U.S. B-29 bomber Enola Gay appeared overhead, Shigeko told her classmate to look up at the plane in the sky. Just at that moment, she saw a white parachute dropping from the plane. Then all of a sudden, she was blown back by the force of the explosion and lost consciousness. When she awoke, everything was pitch black, though Shigeko was able to make out some people walking slowly, with their skin hanging from their bones, bleeding profusely. Trying to get back to her school, Shigeko sat down near a big tree and again lost consciousness. With her face burned beyond recognition and swollen “like a football,” she spent the next five days in a big auditorium where an unknown person brought her to be rescued or to die. Her parents combed the city looking for her, eventually finding her through her persistence to repeat her address and say her name over and over. Along with many of her classmates, Shigeko’s grandmother died in the atomic attacks and an older sister got cancer and died.
In 1955, Shigeko was brought to New York as part of a group of young women known as the Hiroshima Maidens, sponsored by author and peace activist Norman Cousins, and underwent numerous plastic surgeries. She has since survived three cancer operations. When her son was born, she told him “you will never go to war to kill other people and kill yourself.” She herself has worked tirelessly for nuclear disarmament and peace and passionately urged others to do the same.
Paul W. Tibbits, who piloted the Enola Gay, defended the decision to drop the bomb until his death at 92. The only pilot to publicly express feelings of guilt was Claude Eatherly, a Texan who flew a companion plane that gave the all-clear signal to the Enola Gay. His remorse came later, after participating in the atomic testing on the Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands where he was exposed to a harmful dose of radiation. “For the first time, then and there,” he later wrote, “I realized what I had done [at Hiroshima].” After attempting suicide and being confined to a mental asylum for a time, he published a book, Burning Conscience, in which he wrote movingly about his pain and his compassion for Hiroshima survivors. The esteemed British philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote that if Eatherly was “considered mad, then I should not be surprised if my last years are spent in a lunatic asylum – where I shall enjoy the company of all who are capable of feeling humanity.”
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Few Americans thought of World War II as “the good war” while it was taking place. Though the U.S. economy was booming, the war was a frightening series of battles and air assaults that produced mountains of casualties, albeit almost all in foreign lands. Of more than 16 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces during the war, 291,500 were killed in combat, another 113,600 died from other causes, and 72,000 were missing-in-action. Another 670,000 were seriously wounded.
8.1 Explaining the war
8.2 Japanese American internment
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, anti-Japanese hysteria spread across the United States. In “Little Tokyo” in Los Angeles, vigilante “patriots” attacked stores and food stands, overturned carts and tables, and threw tomatoes at anyone with an Asian face. Idaho Governor Chase Clark stated that “the Japs live like rats, breed like rats and act like rats.” University of Arizona President Alfred Atkinson prevented the school’s libraries from lending books to students with Japanese names, saying “we are at war and these people are our enemies.”
The federal government attempted to put the best face on this forced relocation by producing the film, Japanese Relocation, which “emphasized the cheerful cooperation of Japanese Americans as they were moved hundreds of miles away from their homes into ‘pioneer communities,’” according to Susan Brewer. In 1944 the Supreme Court upheld the internment order on the grounds of military necessity. Liberal Justice William O. Douglas wrote in the decision of Hirabayashi v. United States that “we cannot sit in judgment on the military requirements of that hour.” The military necessity argument oddly ignored the fact that Japanese Americans living in the Hawaiian Islands remained free.
Most of those sent to internment camps remained for over three years, enduring cramped living quarters, inadequate facilities, low wages, curfews, and lack of freedom and privacy. Each camp was its own “town,” and included schools, post offices and work facilities, as well as farmland for growing food and keeping livestock. Each “town” was completely surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers. Two camps were located on Native American reservations despite the protests of tribal councils. Residents who were labeled dissidents were taken to a special prison camp in Tule Lake, California.
There were some instances of open resistance. In November 1942, internees went on strike at the Poston facility in Arizona. Weeks later, a riot occurred in the Manzanar camp in California’s Inyo County owing to anger over the government’s use of “stool pigeons” to keep tabs on dissidents. Manzanar authorities killed two internees and seriously wounded eight, with one officer telling a San Francisco reporter that “you can’t imagine how close we came to machine gunning the whole bunch of them. The only thing that stopped us, I guess, were the effects such a shooting would have had on the Japs holding our boys in Manila and in China.” In 1944, Congressman Jed Johnson of Oklahoma introduced a bill that would have authorized the sterilization of all Japanese women in the camps.
Despite their discriminatory and abusive treatment, almost all those interned signed loyalty oaths and 33,000 Japanese Americans served in the U.S. military during and immediately after the war, including 18,000 in the 442nd Army Infantry Regiment, composed of Nisei and led by white officers. Another 6,000 served in the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). General Douglas MacArthur’s chief of staff said of them, “The Nisei [graduates of the MIS Language School] saved countless Allied lives and shortened the war by two years.” Approximately 800 Japanese Americans were killed in action during the war. Among them was Private First Class Sadao Munemori who enlisted in the U.S. Army one month before Pearl Harbor. While he fought in Italy, his family was sent to the Manzanar internment camp. Munemori was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously in 1946.
8.3 The war economy and society
One of the largest factories was the Ford plant at Willow Run, 27 miles west of Detroit, which began manufacturing parts in late 1941 and turned out the first bomber about a year later. By 1944, the plant was producing one plane every hour. All told, the plant manufactured 8,685 planes and employed over 42,000 workers at its peak.
The federal government conducted an advertisement campaign to encourage all able-bodied citizens to work and discourage absenteeism. Many of the advertisements focused on women, although the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” poster familiar to Americans today became popular only after the war. The one most often seen during the war was a poster painted by Norman Rockwell portraying a muscular Rosie with an American flag in the background and Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” under her feet, published on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943. The federal government furthermore subsidized child care centers at some factories so as to enable young mothers to work or keep working. In Great Britain, by way of contrast, Parliament passed a law in December 1941 making all unmarried women between the ages of 20 and 30 years liable for conscription into the workforce.
Prior to U.S. entry into the war, A. Philip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters called for a “thundering march” in Washington to “shake up white America.” Randolph wanted to end discrimination against African Americans in federally-funded employment, mainly defense industries, and to integrate the armed forces. On June 18, 1941, less than two weeks before the march was scheduled, Randolph met with President Roosevelt to make his case. One week later, Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802 which stipulated that all government agencies, job training programs, and manufacturers accepting defense contracts must end racial discrimination in hiring. The order created the Fair Employment Practices Committee to monitor compliance. Though Randolph failed to end segregation in the armed forces, he called off the march.
In November 1942, the State Department received a compelling account of the Nazi death camps, confirming that Jewish deportations in Europe were culminating in mass murder. The information was released to several major news outlets. On December 13, in a radio broadcast heard by millions, popular newsman Edward R. Murrow told his listeners, “What is happening is this: millions of human beings, most of them Jews, are being gathered up with ruthless efficiency and murdered.” The phrase, “concentration camp, is obsolete,” he continued. “It is now possible to speak only of ‘extermination camps.’”
Five days earlier, President Roosevelt met with American Jewish leaders to discuss the situation. The meeting led to a public statement on December 17, in conjunction with ten other Allied governments, condemning Nazi Germany’s “bestial policy of cold-blooded extermination” of the Jews. Yet there was no plan of action and nothing was done. The administration’s apparent lack of concern led Josiah DuBois, special assistant to Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, to prepare a report in January 1944 which read in part:
This [United States] Government has for a long time maintained that its policy is to work out programs to save those Jews of Europe who could be saved. I am convinced on the basis of the information which is available to me that certain officials in our State Department, which is charged with carrying out this policy, have been guilty not only of gross procrastination and willful failure to act, but even of willful attempts to prevent action from being taken to rescue Jews from Hitler. . . . Unless remedial steps of a drastic nature are taken, and taken immediately, I am certain that no effective action will be taken by this Government to prevent the complete extermination of the Jews in German-controlled Europe, and that this Government will have to share for all time responsibility for this extermination.
The person deemed most responsible for the administration’s failure to act was Assistant Secretary of State Breckinridge Long. At Morgenthau’s insistence, Roosevelt established the War Refugee Board on January 22, 1944, empowering the agency to act outside the purview of the Long’s State Department. Over the next eight months, the board brought 982 refugees from Italy to a refugee camp near Oswego, New York.
8.4 The peace movement
Jeannette Rankin, who voted against American participation in both World Wars, recalled a far different congressional atmosphere in 1917, when fifty members of the House voted “no,” including the floor leader of the Democratic Majority, Claude Kitchen. This time, she said, “I stood alone. It was a good deal more difficult than it had been the time before.”
Prior to the enactment of the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, the U.S. government had only allowed men who belonged to the historic peace churches – the Society of Friends (Quakers), the Mennonite Church, and the Church of the Brethren – to register as Conscientious Objectors to war. The act broadened this definition to any person who, “by reason of religious training and belief, is conscientiously opposed to participation in war in any form.” This definition still excluded those not part of religious groups who morally opposed all wars and others who opposed particular wars they deemed unjust. The act provided for non-combatant status in the military, and for those who refused participation in the military, alternative service work under civilian direction. The Selective Service worked together with the Historic Peace Churches to operate the Civilian Public Service camps. Participants worked in the areas of public health, firefighting, reforestation, dam construction, soil conservation, and agriculture, and other areas of national importance.
At number of the COs sent to federal penitentiaries initiated protests against racial segregation in dining halls and dormitories. At the Danbury facility in Connecticut, 23 COs, including Jim Peck, organized a successful 135-day work strike that resulted in an end to the Jim Crow system. Confined to their own wing of the prison, the COs developed unique ways of communicating with each other: hollering through the ventilators, talking through the tiny open space below cell doors, and sliding messages to one another in the form of metal disks tied with string. Supporters on the outside managed to acquire appeals from the prisoners that were smuggled out. Distribution of these appeals to the press helped put pressure on Danbury officials.
In March 1944, an article titled “Massacre by Bombing,” published in FOR’s Fellowship magazine, punctured a hole in this fiction. Written by British nurse and peace activist Vera Brittain, the article was introduced by twenty-eight clergymen and antiwar activists who stated, “Christian people should be moved to examine themselves concerning their participation in this carnival of death,” referring to indiscriminate Allied bombing. The piece paid particular attention to the bombing of innocent women and children. With factual precision, Brittain listed the number of civilian casualties, city by city. “It is only when the facts are collected, and the terrible sum of suffering . . . estimated as a whole,” Brittain wrote, “that we realize that, owing to our raids, hundreds of thousands of helpless and innocent people . . . are being subjected to agonizing forms of death and injury comparable to the worst tortures of the Middle Ages.”
The dropping of atomic bombs horrified pacifists. In the view of Reverend A. J. Muste, the specter of “total, global, atomic war” had rendered the “just war tradition of the Christian Church obsolete,” negating the distinction between combatants and noncombatants, and proportional means and ends. He viewed the bomb as the product of “an age of mechanism, of power, of mass action, of totalitarianism, an age which looked down upon the individual and placed its faith in systems.” The use of nuclear weapons, he believed, reflected the depersonalization and mechanization of a society where vast bureaucracies cut people off from the human implications of their work. The heart of pacifist philosophy, after all, is a personal, moral prohibition against killing other human beings, not to be discarded when authorities order you to kill. Nor is the sense of common humanity to be cast aside when men are dressed in different national uniforms.
The legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie, who served in the Merchant Marines in the Pacific War, wrote a song on September 7, 1945, based on information he had gleaned from The Yank, the U.S. Army weekly, entitled “What Kind of Bomb?” The song read in part: “We stuck our heads out our windows to see the big show, Hiroshima! You’re a good town! I hate to see you go. . . . The Jolt was so bad that it shook all the sky, a cloud sprouted up forty thousand feet high. The heat flash so bright that it outshined the sun, we asked one another ‘oh what kind of bomb.’” A follow-up song called “Talkin’ Atom Bomb” warned: “Only way to save yer skin from this big bomb blast is ta outlaw th’ big bomb and I mean fast.” Another song, “World’s on Fire,” sardonically proclaimed, “My angel, my darling / When that atom bomb does come / Let me be your pillow / While this world’s on fire. When the flames go creeping / When the smoke plume is leaping / We’ll play like we’re sleeping / While the world’s on fire.”
The United Nations was officially established on October 24, 1945. Its central goal, stated in the preamble of its Charter, is “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind.” It reaffirms “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small,” promotes “social progress and better standards of life,” urges “that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interests,” and encourages the employment of “international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples.” In short, the UN Charter is a peace and human rights manifesto, urging the world to adopt principles proffered by peace activists and movements for more than a century.
8.5 The global future debate
One line of thought developed around Henry Luce’s vision of “The American Century,” an editorial in February 1941 urging the U.S. to enter the war (this was before the Pearl Harbor attack) in order “to promote, encourage and incite so-called democratic principles throughout the world,” in the image of Woodrow Wilson. Americans, he urged, must “accept wholeheartedly our duty and our opportunity as the most powerful and vital nation of the world . . . to assert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such means as we see fit.” This was a vision of U.S. global hegemony, or Pax Americana, advanced in the name of spreading democracy. As Luce put it, “our vision of America as a world power includes a passionate devotion to great American ideals.”
The other major line of thought reflected Henry A. Wallace’s vision of the “Century of the Common Man” (May 1942). Wallace was vague on details but broadly outlined a cooperative world order that addressed human needs and protected human rights. “No nation will have the God-given right to exploit other nations,” Wallace declared. “Older nations will have the privilege to help younger nations get started on the path to industrialization, but there must be neither military nor economic imperialism. . . . There can be no privileged peoples. We ourselves in the United States are no more a master race than the Nazis.” Wallace’s speech was well-received in many parts of the world. The Mexican government translated and printed the text for wide distribution in Latin American countries. An Egyptian official remarked that he hoped Wallace’s plan would not allow Britain to continue to oppress small countries.
The war is remembered in Russia today as the Great Patriotic War. Each year on May 1, thousands of Russians march through Moscow’s Red Square, chanting patriotic songs and holding photos of family members who served on the Russian front in World War II. The national celebration commemorates Russia’s historic sacrifices and epic victory over the Nazis. Moscow’s World War II museum features beautifully painted murals memorializing Russia’s victory at the Battle of Stalingrad. The murals show graphic scenes of house-to-house fighting and reflect on the heroism of Russian soldiers and citizens as they mobilized to fight off the Nazi invaders. Like the Americans, Russians view their military power with pride, albeit tempered by a strong aversion to war. 
Western Europe and the U.S. diverged on the main lessons of the war. Having experienced two world wars within a span of thirty years, influential Western European political leaders recognized two fundamental causes of these wars, excessive nationalism and militarism, and took steps to ameliorate these causes. In 1951, they initiated the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), integrating the coal and steel industries of France and West Germany – former enemies. Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg soon joined. The ECSC laid the groundwork for the formation of the European Economic Community in 1957 and the European Union in 1993. These pan-European systems proved remarkably effective in forging a common European identity and reducing the threat of war.
The lesson imposed by U.S. occupational forces in Japan was quite different. On August 29, 1945, just before the surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri, President Truman informed General MacArthur, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers who would supervise the occupation of Japan, that the U.S. goal was to ensure “that Japan will not again become a menace to the United States or the peace and security of the world.” To this end, Japan must be “completely disarmed and demilitarized” and every effort must be made “to bring home to the Japanese people the part played by the military and naval leaders . . . in bringing about the existing and future distress of the people. Japan is not to have an army, navy, air force, secret police organization, or any civil aviation.” Gen. MacArthur carried out this mandate, placing into the new Japanese constitution Article 9 which prohibits Japan from maintaining any offensive war potential. Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution reads as follows:
1. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes.
2. In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.
This prohibition on warmaking served Japan well over the years, allowing the country to focus on building its economy. However, the U.S. overseers of occupied Japan covertly created a police constabulary, which was equipped with military weapons, and restored certain right-wing Japanese war criminals to power like Nobusuke Kishi under the guise of fighting communism. U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operatives also manipulated elections in Japan during the 1950s and 1960s, secretly providing cash contributions to the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) so as to diminish the electoral prospects of the Japanese Socialist Party.
The victorious allies (including liberated France) agreed in the aftermath of the war that the leaders of Germany and Japan should pay for their actions. Hence, they established war crimes tribunals in Nuremberg and Tokyo in which German and Japanese leaders were charged with crimes against peace, conspiracy to wage aggressive war, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, including the deliberate murder of populations on grounds of race and religion. Though the trials were legally questionable, given that the victors sat in judgment of the vanquished and furthermore declared their own excesses to be out-of-bounds (such as the Soviet invasion of Poland and the British and American firebombing of cities), the tribunals nonetheless played important roles in focusing on the Axis leadership rather than the citizenry, which in turn helped foster reconciliation between peoples.
On December 9, 1948, the UN General Assembly approved the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This convention defines genocide as “the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group.” It obliges nations that sign it to take appropriate action “for the prevention and suppression of acts of genocide.” The convention entered into force in January 1951, but the U.S. Senate refused to ratify it amid fears that it would be applied to racial oppression and lynching in the segregated South. Not until 1986 did the Senate ratify the convention, and only then after a nineteen-year lobbying campaign by Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin, who made over 3,200 speeches on the Senate floor in favor of it.
The acquisition of the largest empire of military bases in human history was largely accomplished without public debate. The public was conditioned after World War II to praise U.S. military predominance and accept U.S. military interventions under the guise of various protective and humanitarian pretexts. Global ambitions and ideological crusades were conflated with national defense and security. Out of the “victory culture” developed an American “empire identity.” In a retrospective article on the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the historian Andrew Bacevich writes of the influence of the war on subsequent U.S. foreign policies. Col. Bacevich himself served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1992, which included tours of duty in the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. His son, 1st Lt. Andrew J. Bacevich, was killed in the Iraqi war.
Since V-E [Victory in Europe] Day, individuals and regimes deemed in Washington to be the spawn of Hitler and the Nazis have provided justification for successive administrations to accumulate arms, impose punishments, underwrite coups and assassination plots, and, of course, wage war endlessly. Beginning with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and China’s Mao Zedong, the list of malefactors that U.S. officials and militant journalists have likened to Hitler is a long one. They’ve ranged from North Korea’s Kim Il Sung in the 1950s to Cuba’s Fidel Castro in the 1960s to Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in the 1990s. And just to bring things up to date, let’s not overlook the ayatollahs governing present-day Iran.
Two decades after V-E Day, a succession of presidents deployed lessons ostensibly derived from the war against Hitler to justify the Vietnam War. John F. Kennedy described South Vietnam as “the cornerstone of the Free World in Southeast Asia, the Keystone of the arch, the finger in the dike.” Failing to defend that country would allow “the red tide of Communism,” as he put it, to sweep across the region much as appeasers had allowed the Nazi tide to sweep across Europe. “Everything I knew about history,” Lyndon Johnson reflected, “told me that if I got out of Vietnam and let Ho Chi Minh run through the streets of Saigon, then I’d be doing exactly what [Neville] Chamberlain did in World War II,” a reference, of course, to the Munich Agreement with Hitler, which that British prime minister so infamously labeled “peace in our time.” Even as late as 1972, Richard Nixon was assuring the public that “an American defeat” in Vietnam “would encourage this kind of aggression all over the world.”
Vietnam provides but one example among many of how viewing problems through the lens of World War II in Europe has obscured real situations and actual stakes on this planet. In short, the promiscuous use of the Hitler analogy has produced deeply flawed policy decisions, while also deceiving the American people. This has inhibited our ability to see the world as it actually is. Overall, the approach to statecraft that grew out of V-E Day defined the ultimate purpose of U.S. policy in terms of resisting evil. That, in turn, provided all the justification needed for building up American military capabilities beyond compare and engaging in military action on a planetary scale.
 “German Jewish Refugees,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/german-jewish-refugees-1933-1939; and “Immigration to the United States, 1933-41,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/immigration-to-the-united-states-1933-41.
 “The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Atomic Archive, https://www.atomicarchive.com/resources/documents/med/med_chp10.html.
 Neil Halloran, “The Fallen of World War II, History News Network, May 8, 2015, https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/180178. Of the roughly 80 million fatalities in World War II, about 41 million died in the European-Mideast-North African theater and 39 million, in the Asia-Pacific theater.
 According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Approximately 407,000 American service men and women died while in service during WW II, including 292,000 battle deaths and 115,000 other deaths. The total death number includes 79,000 who were lost in combat and never recovered. Another 672,000 suffered non-fatal wounds.” Department of Veterans Affairs, “World War II Veterans by the Numbers,” http://dig.abclocal.go.com/ktrk/ktrk_120710_WWIIvetsfactsheet.pdf. Approximately 12,100 U.S. civilians, mostly members of the U.S. merchant marine, were killed in the war, according to “World War II casualties,” Wikipedia, https://wiki2.org/en/World_War_II_casualties#endnote_USCIV.
 The Nine-Power Treaty signed by the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, China, and Japan at the Washington Naval Conference in 1922 affirmed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, but no enforcement mechanisms were attached. For the full text of the Nine-Power Treaty, see http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/policy/pre-war/9_power.html. For background on U.S.-Japanese relations, see Walter LaFeber, The Clash: U.S. Japanese Relations Throughout History (New York: W.W. Norton, 1997). See also, James Bradley, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia (Boston: Back Bay Books, 2016).
 Irvine H. Anderson, “The 1941 De Facto Embargo on Oil to Japan: A Bureaucratic Reflex,” Pacific Historical Review 44, no. 2 (1975): 201-31. In September 1941, the Japanese high command finalized its “Southern Plan,” to be implemented if negotiations with the U.S. failed. The plan envisioned a massive invasion of Southeast Asia coupled with attacks on British and American naval bases in the region. Previous to this, in April 1941, Japan signed a neutrality pact with the Soviet Union which ruled out a northern invasion plan.
 The war plan was leaked to the Chicago Tribune which reported it on December 4, 1941, with a front-page bold headline, “F.D.R.’s War Plans!” causing a major stir in the country. See Joseph Connor, “Who Leaked FDR’s War Plans?” HistoryNet, December 2018, https://www.historynet.com/who-leaked-fdrs-war-plans.htm; and Thomas Fleming, “The Big Leak,” American Heritage, Vo. 38, Issue 8 (December 1987), https://www.americanheritage.com/big-leak.
 Richard N. Current, “How Stimson Meant to ‘Maneuver’ the Japanese,” The Mississippi Valley Historical Review 40, no. 1 (1953), 72.
 “The Ambassador in Japan (Joseph Grew) to the Secretary of State, 3 November 1941” [telegram], U.S. Department of State, Publication 1983, Peace and War: United States Foreign Policy, 1931-1941 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1943), 772-74, https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/WorldWar2/grew6.htm.
 Current, “How Stimson Meant to ‘Maneuver’ the Japanese,” 67. Stimson’s diary entry came under scrutiny after the war. In September 1945, Congress created a Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor attack. Three Republican committee members raised the question of whether the president deliberately planned to provoke the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor. In March 1946, Stimson presented to the committee an explanation of his earlier diary comments: “If you know that your enemy is going to strike you, it is not usually wise to wait until he gets the jump on you by taking the initiative. In spite of the risk involved, however, in letting the Japanese fire the first shot, we realized that in order to have the full support of the American people it was desirable to make sure that the Japanese be the ones to do this so that there would remain no doubt in anyone’s mind as to who were the aggressors” (72). Although President Roosevelt was clearly eager to enter the war in Europe, the committee found no convincing evidence that he had prior knowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack. See “Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack,” United States Senate, final summary issued June 20, 1946, https://www.senate.gov/about/powers-procedures/investigations/pearl-harbor.htm. The full report can be downloaded at http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/congress/Vol40.pdf.
 On October 7, 1940, one month after the war in Europe began, Lieutenant Commander Arthur McCollum of the Office of Naval Intelligence submitted a memo to Navy Captain Walter Anderson and Dudley Knox, two of President Roosevelt’s most trusted advisors, offering an analysis of the geopolitical situation, threats to the U.S., and possible strategies. Though incorrect in predicting that Russia would align with the Axis powers in the future, and ambivalent as to whether the Axis powers, including Japan, planned to make war on the U.S. (two contradictory statements are made), the memo proposed an eight-step plan for the U.S. to beef up its forces and prepare for war, followed by this declaration: “If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war, so much the better. At all events we must be fully prepared to accept the threat of war.” See “The McCollum Memo: The Smoking Gun of Pearl Harbor,” http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/McCollum/index.html.
 A number of historians have challenged the dominant view that Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack and have argued that top officials in the Roosevelt administration deliberately allowed the attack to go forward because they knew that the American public would only support the war if the U.S. had been attacked first. The following is a synthesis of their main evidence and arguments: (1) On the morning of December 7, 1941, at 10 a.m. (5 a.m. Hawaii time), Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall received word of the impending attack on Pearl Harbor. Inexplicably, he did not send the information to naval commanders in Hawaii via scrambler phone, which would have gotten the information there immediately. Instead, Marshall sent it through regular courier and did not mark the message as urgent, ensuring that it got there well after the Pearl Harbor attacks. (2) Recent scholarship confirms that military cryptanalysts had cracked the Japanese diplomatic and military code. They were hence privy to cables specifying that Japan had broken diplomatic relations, which was crucial because in all of Japan’s previous wars the severing of diplomatic relations was followed by a sneak attack on the enemy. Other cables indicated that Japan was engaged in an offensive operation directed against Pearl Harbor. One decoded dispatch had Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto directing the Japanese air fleet to depart Hitokappu on November 26, advance into Hawaiian waters through the North Pacific and attack the U.S. fleet in Hawaii. Yamamoto even provided the latitude and longitude for portion of the route, while calling for the dealing of the U.S. fleet in Hawaii a “mortal blow.” (3) American monitors had meanwhile tracked the Japanese Pearl Harbor task force by means of radio direction finding techniques and interception of radio transmissions. Even though it was known the attacks were an imminent possibility, American naval vessels were ordered to be moved away from the vicinity of Pearl Harbor, leaving the remaining ships as sitting ducks. (4) Admiral T.B. Inglis, the head of naval intelligence, testified before Congress in 1945 about inadequate anti-aircraft guns and radar systems and that the Army had puzzlingly failed to carry out long range patrols with long range bombers, which would have made it exceedingly difficult for the Japanese forces to have approached Pearl Harbor. The only planes made available were B-18s, which were described by Fleet Admiral William S. Halsey as “slow, short-legged and unfitted for overseas scouting.” (5) The FDR administration went to great lengths to deflect any responsibility for the Pearl Harbor attack. In the weeks following the attack, the president convened the Roberts Commission, led by Supreme Court Justice Owen Roberts, which blamed Hawaiian naval commanders Husband Kimmel and Walter Short for the intelligence failure that led to the attacks. Admiral James Richardson called the Roberts investigation “the most unfair, unjust, and deceptively dishonest document [referring to the Roberts commission report] ever printed by the Government Printing Office.” Admiral William H. Standley, who sat on the Roberts Commission, stated after his retirement in 1954 that the commission had been “as crooked as a snake,” that Admiral Kimmel and General Short had “been martyred,” and that the real responsibility for Pearl Harbor was logged thousands of miles from the territory of Hawaii.” In 1998, the efforts of Kimmel and Short’s children to restore their father’s reputation paid dividends when the U.S. Congress exonerated them from blame for the intelligence failure at Pearl Harbor. Then-Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) declared that “these officers were publicly vilified and never given a chance to clear their names… I cannot accept that there is a reason for continuing to deny the culpability of others in Washington at the expense of these two officers’ reputations fifty-seven years later.” Biden quoted in Justin Raimondo, “The Secret of Pearl Harbor – FDR’s Role Exposed, 1944,” Antiwar.com, May 25, 2001, https://www.antiwar.com/justin/j052501.html. On the efforts to restore the reputations of Kimmel and Short by their family members, see Anthony and Robyn Swan, A Matter of Honor: Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family’s Quest for Justice (New York: Harper & Row, 2016). For critical analyses of the conduct of the Roosevelt administration related to Pearl Harbor, see Robert B. Stinnett, Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor (New York: Touchstone Books, 2001); Steve Sniegoski, “The Case for Pearl Harbor Revisionism,” The Occidental Quarterly, 6, 1 (Winter 2001); John Toland, Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath (New York: Berkley Books, 1983); George Morganstern, Pearl Harbor: The Story of the Secret War (New York: The Devin Adair Company, 1947); George Victor, The Pearl Harbor Myth: Rethinking the Unthinkable (Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2007); David Ray Griffen, The American Trajectory Divine or Demonic? (Atlanta: Clarity Press Inc., 2018), 137-152; and Charles A. Beard, President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War 1941: A Study in Appearances and Realities (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1948).
 William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011), 31; and Sally Marks, “Reparations Reconsidered: A Reminder,” Central European History 2, no. 4 (1969): 356-65.
 Thomas Fleming, The Illusion of Victory: America in World War I (New York: Basic Books, 2003), 378; and Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan Van Pelt, Holocaust: A History (New York: W.W. Norton, 2002), 50.
 Quoted from the January 1942 issue of Bungei Shunjū, a monthly magazine based in Tokyo, in John W. Dower, War Without Mercy: Race & Power in the Pacific War (New York: Pantheon Books, 1986), 211.
 David Schmitz, Thank God They’re on Our Side: The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorship, 1921-1963 (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1999), 89.
 Donny Gluckstein, A People’s History of World War II: Resistance Versus Empire (London: Pluto Press, 2012), 98. See also, “’The Creeds of the Devil’: Churchill between the Two Totalitarianisms, 1917-1945, International Churchill Society, https://winstonchurchill.org/publications/finest-hour-extras/the-creeds-of-the-devil-churchill-between-the-two-totalitarianisms-1917-1945-2-of-3.
 Schmitz, Thank God They’re on Our Side, 90; and Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt’s America, Mussolini’s Italy, and Hitler’s Germany, 1933-1939 (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006), 31. On U.S. citizen support for Mussolini during the interwar years, see Katy Hull, The Machine Has a Soul: American Sympathy with Italian Fascism (Princeton University Press, 2021). IBM stands for International Business Machines.
 Schmitz, Thank God They’re on Our Side, 91. On U.S. business ties to Nazi Germany, see Section IV.
 Schmitz, Thank God They’re on Our Side, 90.
 Schmitz, Thank God They’re On Our Side, 91-92.
 Former ambassador Rodric Braithwaite spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute on June 13, 2005; cited in F. Joseph Dresen, “Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War,” Kennan Institute, https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/moscow-1941-city-and-its-people-war. Paul Thomas Chamberlin, in The Cold War’s Killing Fields: Rethinking the Long Peace (New York: Harper Collins, 2018), similarly comments on the tendency in the U.S. to downplay the Soviet role in the Second World War: “Consider, for example, histories of World War II in Europe that gloss over the fact that the overwhelming majority of the casualties took place on the Eastern Front – that ignore Stalingrad to focus on Normandy. Such works obscure the enormous role that the Soviet Union played in the war and lionize American contributions” (5).
 “Research Starters: Worldwide Deaths in World War II,” The National World War Two Museum, New Orleans, https://www.nationalww2museum.org/students-teachers/student-resources/research-starters/research-starters-worldwide-deaths-world-war.
 David M. Kennedy, in The American People in World War II (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 422.
 Errol Morris, “The Fog of War” documentary film, Sony Classics, 2003.
 Quoted in Evan Thomas, “The Epic Madness of World War II,” The National Interest, no. 121 (2012), 74. See Antony Beevor, The Second World War (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2012).
 See Robert J. Lifton and Gregory Mitchell, Hiroshima in America; A Half Century of Denial (New York: Harperperennial, 1996); and Peter Kuznick, “The Actual Reason Why America Dropped 2 Atomic Bombs on Japan,” YouTube video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZVIuvxIZ84.
 Dower, War Without Mercy, 37, 45.
 “Executive Order 9066: Resulting in the Relocation of Japanese (1942), https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=74. Prejudice was also evident in the 1922 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the government’s right to deny U.S. citizenship to Japanese immigrants (Ozawa v. United States). See also, “Japanese American Incarceration,” The National WWII Museum, https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/japanese-american-incarceration.
 Studs Terkel, “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II (New York: The New Press, 1984), 12.
 Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States (New York: Harper Perennial, 1990), 416; and Noam Chomsky, “On the Background of the Pacific War,” Liberation, September-October, 1967.
 Terkel, “The Good War,” 192-93.
 See Tom Engelhardt, The End of Victory Culture: Postwar America and the Disillusioning of a Generation, rev ed. (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2007).
 See William Blum, Killing Hope: American Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II (Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 1998); Noam Chomsky, Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Military Dominance (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2004); Stephen G. Rabe, The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012); and Andrew Bacevich, “Will 2020 Finally Kill America’s War Fetish?” The New Republic, June 9, 2020, https://newrepublic.com/article/158092/will-2020-finally-kill-americas-war-fetish?.
 Ian Kershaw, Hitler: Hubris, 1889-1936 (New York: Penguin Books, 1998), 73.
 Kershaw, Hitler, 15; and Doris L. Bergen, War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), 31;
 Adolf Hitler, Mien Kampf, Chapter One, “In the house of my parents,” online: http://www.mondopolitico.com/library/meinkampf/v1c1.htm. In 1941 and 1943, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services interviewed Hitler’s parental family doctor, Eduard Bloch, who described Adolf’s relationship with his mother as close and noted that Adolf carried the grief of her death through his life. “While Hitler was not a mother’s boy in the usual sense,” said Bloch, “I never witnessed a closer attachment. Their love had been mutual. Klara Hitler adored her son. She allowed him his own way whenever possible. For example, she admired his watercolor paintings and drawings and supported his artistic ambitions in opposition to his father at what cost to herself one may guess.” Office of Strategic Services, Hitler Source Book, Interview with Dr. Eduard Bloch, March 5, 1943, http://nizkor.com/hweb/people/h/hitler-adolf/oss-papers/text/oss-sb-bloch-01.html.
 Shelley Baranowski, Nazi Empire: German Colonialism and Imperialism from Bismarck to Hitler (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 132; Michael Kimmelman, “Karl May and the Origins of a German Obsession,” The New York Times, September 12, 2007; and W. Raymond Wood, “The Role of the Romantic West in Shaping the Third Reich,” Plains Anthropologist, November 1990, 317.
 Kershaw, Hitler, 87-93.
 Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, 30.
 Quoted in Dwork and Van Pelt, Holocaust, 49.
 Dwork and Van Pelt, Holocaust, 52; and “Meet the Freikorps: Vanguard of Terror 1918-1923,” National World War II Museum, June 7, 2018, https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/meet-freikorps-vanguard-terror-1918-1923. Ebert had made a pact with right-wing Field Marshall Paul Von Hindenburg in which Ebert promised to support the army and do everything in his power to resist Bolshevism. Earlier, the Freikorps, with the collusion of the Social Democrats, had killed communist party leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebnecht, whose bodies were tossed gangland style into the icy waters of Berlin’s Landwehr Canal.
 Kershaw, Hitler, 114-16, 122-24.
 See Eric D. Weitz, Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy, (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018).
 John S. Conway, “Resisting Militarism: The Peace Movement in the German Evangelical Church during the Weimar Republic,” Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte 4, no. 1 (1991): 29-45; Jennifer Adams, “Weimar’s peace-mongers,” Exberliner, January 8, 2017, https://www.exberliner.com/features/history/weimars-peace-mongers; and Kristen Rogheh Ghodsee, “Einstein’s Pacifism: A Conversation with Wolfram Wette,” 2015, Institute for Advanced Study, https://www.ias.edu/ideas/2015/ghodsee-einstein-pacifism. See also this brief YouTube video of the 1921 “No More War” demonstration in Berlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oivc9axoxZw.
 Mark Roseman, The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution: A Reconsideration (New York: Picador, 2002), 10.
 Jacques Pauwels, Big Business and Hitler (Toronto; Ontario: James Lorimer, 2017), 41, 158, 159.
 Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, 185. A large voter turnout in the July 1932 elections expanded the size of the Reichstag to 607 seats. For a graphic breakdown of the vote, see Jerome G. Kerwin, “The German Reichstag Elections of July 31, 1932,” The American Political Science Review 26, no. 5 (1932), 922.
 Henry Ashby Turner, Hitler’s Thirty Days to Power (Boston: Addison-Wesley, 1996). William Shirer, in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, writes (p. 193) that at the Nuremburg Tribunals following the war, General Franz Halder stated in an affidavit that Hermann Göring boasted about setting the fire: “On the occasion of a lunch on the Führer’s birthday in 1943, the people around the Führer turned the conversation to the Reichstag building and its artistic value. I heard with my own ears how Göring broke into the conversation and shouted: ‘The only one who really knows about the Reichstag building is I, for I set fire to it.'”
 “How did the Nazi consolidate their power?” The Wiener Holocaust Library, https://www.theholocaustexplained.org/the-nazi-rise-to-power/how-did-the-nazi-gain-power. See also, Peter Fritzsche, Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich (New York: Basic Books, 2020), which documents the major repressive actions of the Nazis in power and highlights those German citizens who supported the Nazi Party and Hitler.
 “Concentration Camps, 1933-1939,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/concentration-camps-1933-39; and “The Nazi Concentration Camps: Prisoner Groups,” http://www.camps.bbk.ac.uk/themes/prisoner-groups.html.
 Pauwels, Big Business and Hitler, 51, 52; and “Book Burning,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/book-burning.
 Roseman, The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution, 19, 20; Gerald Reitlinger, The Final Solution: The Attempt to Exterminate the Jews of Europe, 1939-1945 (New Jersey: Jason Aronson Inc., 1987); and Pauwels, Big Business and Hitler, 54, 55.
 Baranowski, Nazi Empire, 135, 136; Pauwels, Big Business and Hitler; and Anthony Sutton, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler (GSG & Associates, 1976).
 Pauwels, Big Business and Hitler, 58, 61.
 Chloe Maxwell, “George Creel and the Committee on Public Information 1917-1918,” Tenor of Our Times, Vol. 4, Article 8, Spring 2015, https://scholarworks.harding.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1054&context=tenor, 82; and Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda, with Introduction by Mark Crispin Miller (Brooklyn: Estate of Edward Bernays, 1928, renewed 1955), 27.
 Allison C. Meier, “An Affordable Radio Brought Nazi Propaganda Home,” JSTOR Daily, August 30. 2018, https://daily.jstor.org/an-affordable-radio-brought-nazi-propaganda-home.
 Baranowski, Nazi Empire, 191. Hermann Göring’s father was the first colonial governor of Southwest Africa.
 “Germany: Jewish Population,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/germany-jewish-population-in-1933.
 “Jews in Prewar Germany,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/jews-in-prewar-germany.
 In 1543, Martin Luther, the father of Protestantism, wrote a 65,000-word treatise, On the Jews and Their Lies, that rabidly denounced Jews and urged their persecution. His book was occasionally held up at Nazi rallies. Going back further in time, the knights of the First Crusade in 1096 massacred Jews in the cities of Worms, Trier (both now in Germany) and Metz (now in France), before making their way to Jerusalem.
 “The German Churches and the Nazi State,” Holocaust Encyclopedia; and Robert P. Ericksen, Complicity in the Holocaust (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 26-27.
 “The German Churches and the Nazi State”; and Paul Berben, Dachau, 1933-1945: The Official History (San Francisco: Norfolk Press, 1975), 276-77.
 “Martin Niemöller: ‘First They Came For The Socialists …”, Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/martin-niemoeller-first-they-came-for-the-socialists.
 James Q. Whitman, Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017).
 “Jews in Prewar Germany,” and “Concentration Camps, 1933-1939,” Holocaust Encyclopedia; “Timeline of Persecution,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/history-and-overview-of-dachau; “The Nazi Concentration Camps: Prisoner Groups,” http://www.camps.bbk.ac.uk/themes/prisoner-groups.html; and “Asocial Prisoners,” Priddy Library Exhibits, https://libapp.shadygrove.umd.edu/omeka/exhibits/show/the-era-of-the-holocaust/asocial-prisoners.
 “The Nuremberg Race Laws,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-nuremberg-race-laws; and “Kristallnacht,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://www.ushmm.org/collections/bibliography/kristallnacht.
 “Euthanasia Program and Aktion T4,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/euthanasia-program.
 “Kiev and Babi Yar,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/kiev-and-babi-yar; Roseman, The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution, 34; and Donald L. Niewyk, The Holocaust (London: Wadsworth, 2013), 4.
 Niewyk, The Holocaust, 5.
 Dan Kurzman, The Bravest Battle: The Twenty Eight Days of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1976).
 “Joseph Goebbels,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/joseph-goebbels-1.
 Roseman, The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution, 79, 80, 81. Heydrich was a man of contradictions as he was the son of musicians and a talented violinist, fencer, and pilot.
 Roseman, The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution, 126.
 The Locarno treaties, named after Locarno, Switzerland, were the treaties were signed in 1925 by the governments of Germany, France, Belgium, Great Britain, and Italy. They included a number of security agreements, including the permanent demilitarization of the Rhineland region. Hitler claimed that the Franco-Soviet Treaty of Mutual Assistance of May 1935 undermined the Locarno treaties and thus legitimized his remilitarization of the Rhineland.
 Arnold A. Offner, American Appeasement: United States Foreign Policy and Germany, 1933-1938 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1969), 118.
 Offner, American Appeasement, 118-123.
 A full-sized tapestry copy of Picasso’s Guernica painting – 11½ feet tall by 25 ½ feet wide – hangs in the United Nations building at the entrance to the Security Council room, as a reminder of the horror and terror of war.
 Sherwood Ross, “From Guernica to Hiroshima: How America Reversed Its Policy on Bombing Civilians,” Scoop Independent News, September 20, 2006, https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00270/how-usa-reversed-its-policy-on-bombing-civilians.htm.
 Dwork and Van Pelt, Holocaust, 96-98; and Gluckstein, A People’s History of World War II, 137. Renner came to head a provisional government at the end of the war, despite being viewed as a traitor by much of the population.
 Alvin Finkel and Clement Leibovitz, The Chamberlain-Hitler Collusion (Rendlesham, UK, and Halifax, Nova Scotia: Merlin Press/James Lorimer & Company, 1997), 13.
 Baranowski, Nazi Empire, 220. British archival documents of the Bank of England opened in 2013 reportedly revealed that the UK voluntarily handed nearly $9 billion worth of gold that belonged to Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany as part of the Munich agreement. See Ben Quinn, “How Bank of England ‘helped Nazis sell gold stolen from Czechs,’” The Guardian, July 30, 2013, https://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/jul/31/bank-of-england-and-nazis-stolen-gold; and “Ekaterina Blinova, Unveiling Lies of the Cold War: What Lay Beneath Anti-Soviet Myths (New York: Red Star Publishing, 2015), 39.
 Arnold Offner, America and the Origins of World War II, 1933-1941 (Boston: Houghton & Mifflin, 1971), 68.
 Barbara Farnham, “Roosevelt and the Munich Crisis: Insights from Prospect Theory,” Political Psychology 13, no. 2 (1992), 210-11; and Gordon Wright, “Ambassador Bullitt and the Fall of France,” World Politics 10, no. 1 (1957): 63-90.
 A. J. P. Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War (New York: Atheneum, 1983), chapters 7 & 8.
 Thomas R. Maddux, “Watching Stalin Maneuver Between Hitler and the West: American Diplomats and Soviet Diplomacy, 1934-1939,” Diplomatic History 1, no. 2 (1977), 151, 153. The quotes come from the diplomatic cable of former Ambassador William Bullitt to Secretary of State Hull, May 16, 1939, and Ambassador Davies diary, July 18, 1939, published in Joseph E. Davies, Mission to Moscow (New York: Pocket Books, 1941), 450. On Soviet efforts to forge an anti-Nazi alliance with Britain and France during the period of the Munich conference and the failure of the West to support these efforts, see Michael Jabara Carley “Only the USSR Has . . . Clean Hands”: The Soviet Perspective on the Failure of Collective Security and the Collapse of Czechoslovakia, 1934–1938,” Diplomacy & Statecraft, 21 (2010), 202-225, https://www.webdepot.umontreal.ca/Usagers/carleym/MonDepotPublic/Carley%27s%20Web%20site/Carley_Clean_Hands_01.pdf.
 Michael Sayers and Albert E. Kahn, The Great Conspiracy Against Russia, with a special introduction by Senator Claude Pepper (New York: Boni & Gaer, 1946), 301; and Richard H. Ullman, “The Davies Mission and United States-Soviet Relations, 1937-1941.” World Politics 9, no. 2 (1957), 232. Another reason for Stalin’s skepticism was that Great Britain and France along with the U.S. had attempted to kill the Bolshevik Revolution in its infancy by sending an expeditionary force in the “Midnight War.” See Jeremy Kuzmarov, “The Wilson Administration’s War on Russian Bolshevism,” United States Foreign Policy History and Resource Guide website, 2018, http://peacehistory-usfp.org/ww1-russia.
 Jonathan Haslam, The Spectre of War: International Communism and the Origins of World War II (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, May 2021), 4.
 David Reynolds, “1940: Fulcrum of the Twentieth Century?” International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs 1944-) 66, no. 2 (1990), 337-38.
 Baranowski, Nazi Empire, 234, 231; Yehuda Bauer, A History of the Holocaust (Danbury, CT: Franklin Watts, 1982), 145; and Roger Moorehouse, Poland 1939: The Outbreak of World War II (New York: Basic Books, 2020). In some towns, Jews were murdered for sport, as in Izbica, where the German mayor trained attack dogs to recognize the Jewish Star of David. Roseman, The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution, 39.
 Under Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990, the Soviet government officially accepted blame for the massacre of 5,000 Polish military officers who were buried in mass graves. In 2019, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made an unprecedented gesture of good will to Poland by attending a memorial ceremony for the 22,000 Poles executed in the Katyn massacre, but he offered a controversial justification, saying that Joseph Stalin had ordered the massacres out of revenge for the death of 32,000 Red Army troops in Polish prisoner-of-war camps in 1920. In December 2019, Putin sought to put a brighter face on Soviet history. According to a Polish news source: “Putin then argued that when the Soviet Union occupied the eastern half of Poland two weeks after the German invasion in September 1939, this ‘saved the lives of a large number of local people, especially Jews, because later the population would be exterminated by the Nazis.’ He also claimed that the occupation was necessary because the ‘Polish government had lost control of the country.’” See Simon Shuster, “Gesture to Poland on Katyn massacre: Vladimir Putin says Stalin executed POWs out of revenge,” January 12, 2019 (updated), https://www.cleveland.com/world/2010/04/katyn_massacre_gesture_to_pola.html; and “Putin Blames Poland for World War II and Says Soviet Occupation ‘Saved Lives,” December 23, 2019, Notes from Polanc, https://notesfrompoland.com/2019/12/23/putin-blames-poland-for-ww2-and-says-soviet-occupation-saved-lives. Grover Furr argues contrarily in The Mystery of the Katyn Massacre: The Evidence, The Solution (Kettlering, Ohio: Erythros Press, 2018) that Nazi soldiers were the culprits in the massacre, pointing to shell casings at executions scenes that came from German weapons, a conclusion also rendered by a number of Russian scholars. Furr also emphasizes the anti-communist bias of mainstream academic literature on this topic.
 “President Roosevelt’s statement on December 1, 1939,” https://histdoc.net/history/roosevlt.html; “The United States and Finland: An Enduring Relationship, 1919-1989,” Office of the Historian, U.S. Dept. of State, 2016, https://fi.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/243/2016/11/history015_040tt8393.pdf, 30-31; and William Trotter, The Winter War: The Russo-Finnish War of 1939-1940 (London: Aurum Press, 1991), 238-39. According to Kahn and Sayers, in The Great Conspiracy Against Russia, a number of Finnish leaders were pro-Nazi.
 Alexander Werth, Russia at War, 1941-1945 (New York: Caroll & Graf, 1964), 81; and Hamilton Fish Armstrong, “The Downfall of France.” Foreign Affairs 19, no. 1 (1940), 73.
 Winston Churchill, “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat,” March 13, 1940, https://www.historyplace.com/speeches/churchill.htm.
 Beevor, The Second World War, 187, 138. Allied bombings of German cities would later resume under the auspices of undermining “the morale of the enemy,” which the British Bomber Command adopted as policy in February 1942. See Ronald Schaffer, “American Military Ethics in World War II: The Bombing of German Civilians,” The Journal of American History 67, no. 2 (1980): 318-34.
 Dwork and Van Pelt, Holocaust, 184, 185. Among those who eagerly cooperated with the Nazis was Lithuanian army officer Jonas Noreika. His granddaughter later researched and wrote about this man whom she had been told was a hero for organizing a revolt against the Soviets in 1945. She found that, while he indeed had led such a revolt, in his deeper past he was a military leader who personally ordered the killing of thousands of Jews in the town of Plunge. See Silvia Foti, “My Celebrated Grandfather Had an Unforgivable Past,” New York Times, January 28, 2021, A27.
 Dwork and Van Pelt, Holocaust, 269. Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia signed on to the Tripartite Pact in 1940-1941. The pact was originally signed by Germany, Italy, and Japan on September 27, 1940.
 Prior to the German takeover of Estonia in July 1941, the Soviets took over Estonia in September 1940 and deported some 400 Estonian Jews to Siberia. See “Report Phase II: The German Occupation of Estonia 1941-1944, Estonian International Commission for Investigation of Crimes Against Humanity, 1998, https://web.archive.org/web/20110720125412/http://www.mnemosyne.ee/hc.ee/pdf/conclusions_en_1941-1944.pdf.
 Richard Overy, Russia’s War: A History of the Soviet Effort, 1941-1945 (New York: Penguin Books, 1997), 126, 127, 128; and Werth, Russia at War, 1941-1945, 362. An estimated one million Soviets fought against their own country, many based on coercion. In Ukraine, anticommunist General Andrey Vlasov headed the Russian Liberation Committee. After the war, he tried to link up with the American army to form a clandestine guerrilla force to overthrow the Stalin regime. He was hanged by the Soviets as a traitor.
 Guy Mettan, Creating Russophobia: From the Great Religious Schism to anti-Putin Hysteria (Atlanta: Clarity Press, 2017), 205-237.
 Dwork and Van Pelt, Holocaust, 188, 265.
 James Weingartner, “War Against Subhumans: Comparisons Between the German War Against the Soviet Union and the American War Against Japan, 1941-1945,” The Historian, March 1996, 561.
 Dwork and Van Pelt, Holocaust, 190, 191. Between 1942 and 1944, 2.8 million Russian civilians were deported for forced labor in German mines, the armaments industry, agriculture, and railroad maintenance, often fed a diet of turnip soup and a small loaf of bread.
 Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, 83.
 Weingartner, “War Against Subhumans,” 565-66. See also Richard Overy, Why the Allies Won (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1995), 84-85.
 Antony Beevor, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942-1943 (New York: Penguin, 1999), 18. See also Omer Bartov, Hitler’s Army (Oxford University Press, 1992). At Babi Yar in Kiev, Nazi soldiers shot an estimated 33,771 people in one of the largest single massacres in World War II.
 Beevor, Stalingrad, 13; and Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, 855.
 Overy, Russia’s War, 79. Stalin called the German enemy “cruel and merciless. He aims at grabbing our land, our wheat, our oil. He wants to restore the power of the landowners, reestablish Tsarism, and destroy the national culture of the people of the Soviet Union . . . and turn them into slaves of German princes and barons.” Werth, Russia at War, 1941-1945, 163. In subsequent speeches, Stalin invoked Russian national heroes, including Alexander Nevsky who had routed the Teutonic Knights in 1242.
 Overy, Russia’s War, 79.
 Overy, Russia’s War, 124.
 Overy, Russia’s War, 87; and Overy, Why the Allies Won, 5.
 Overy, Russia’s War, 87.
 Quoted in Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, The Untold History of the United States (New York: Gallery Books, 2012), 106.
 Overy, Russia’s War, 87-88.
 Overy, Russia’s War, 94, 90, 106, 107; and Harrison Salisbury, The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad (New York: Harper & Row, 1969). The famous composer Dmitry Shostakovich remarkably composed a beautiful symphony, “Leningrad,” amidst the carnage and overhead bombing, which he dedicated to “the defiant people of the city.”
 Beevor, The Second World War, 289. Beevor notes that some 2,000 Russians were arrested for the use of human meat as food (i.e. cannibalism), 886 of them during the first winter.
 “The siege of Leningrad (Sep. 8, 1941 – Jan. 27, 1944),” The Museum of The Siege of Leningrad, https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/the-siege-of-leningrad/zwICNmKzN_d7IA. On April 30, 1944, the Military Council of the Leningrad Front opened an exhibition, titled “Heroic Defense of Leningrad,” which became one of the first museums dedicated to the history of the Second World War. Following the war, however, the Stalin regime declared the display to be ideologically false, as the emphasis of the museum was placed on the patriotism of Leningraders rather than on the decisive role of the Communist Party and Stalin. In 1949, the museum was shut down to the public, and in 1953, it was disbanded. Most of the exhibits were destroyed, and those that remained were transferred to Leningrad museums.
 Overy, Russia’s War, 108, 113, 116, 117, 119.
 LaFeber, The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations, 170.
 Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II (New York: Penguin Books, 1997), 58.
 “Bloody Saturday – a crying Chinese baby amid the bombed-out ruins of Shanghai’s South Railway Station, 1937,” Rare Historical Photos, https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/bloody-saturday-a-crying-chinese-baby-amid-the-bombed-out-ruins-of-shanghais-south-railway-station-1937.
 Mark Selden, “A Forgotten Holocaust: US Bombing Strategy, the Destruction of Japanese Cities & the American Way of War from World War II to Iraq,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 5, May 2, 2007, https://apjjf.org/-Mark-Selden/2414/article.html, reprinted in Yuki Tanaka and Marilyn B. Young, eds., Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History (New York: The New Press, 2009).
 “International Military Tribunal for the Far East, Judgment of 4 November 1948,” in John Pritchard and Sonia M. Zaide, eds., The Tokyo War Crimes Trial, Vol. 22, 494-96, https://crimeofaggression.info/documents/6/1948_Tokyo_Judgment.pdf.
 Chang, The Rape of Nanking, 55, 56.
 Suping Lu, “The Nanjing Atrocities Reported in the U.S. Newspapers, 1937-38,” Readex Report, Vol. 7, Issue 2 (April 2012), https://www.readex.com/readex-report/issues/volume-7-issue-2/nanjing-atrocities-reported-us-newspapers-1937-38.
 Chang, The Rape of Nanking, 48; Saburo Ienaga, The Pacific War, 1941-1945 (New York: Pantheon, 1978), 186; and Richard B. Frank, Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War: July 1937-May 1942 (New York: W.W. Norton, 2020), 49.
 Dower, War Without Mercy, 61.
 Haslam, The Spectre of War, xii, xiii.
 Schmitz, Thank God They’re on Our Side, 88-89.
 Breckinridge Long, “Letter to Roosevelt,” in Edgar B. Nixon, ed., Franklin D. Roosevelt and Foreign Affairs, Vol. 2: March 1934-August 1935 (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1959), 487-488; and Schmitz, Thank God They’re on Our Side, 92.
 Schmitz, Thank God They’re On Our Side, 115.
 Cordell Hull, “Address Delivered by the Secretary of State at New York, November 1, 1938,” U.S. Dept. of State, Publication 1983, Peace and War: United States Foreign Policy, 1931-1941 (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943): 431-38, https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/interwar/hull42.htm.
 Notwithstanding Secretary of State Hull’s belief in international trade as the key to peace, he wrote a memo to the president on October 31, 1938, warning that the U.S. government needed to more aggressively secure its sources of strategic raw materials “which becomes more and more urgent as time goes on.” Source: “The Secretary of State to President Roosevelt on Strategic Materials, WASHINGTON, October 21, 1938,” U.S., Department of State, Publication 1983, Peace and War: United States Foreign Policy, 1931-1941 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1943), 430-31.
 Schmitz, Thank God They’re on Our Side, 114.
 Offner, American Appeasement, 94-95.
 Offner, American Appeasement, 99, 103. The Anglo-German Naval Agreement was signed by Hitler’s chief foreign diplomat Joachim von Ribbentrop and British Foreign Secretary Sir Samuel Hoare. Germany built beyond the allotted ratio, claiming that Britain was attempting to encircle Germany.
 Offner, American Appeasement, 122; Kershaw, Hitler, 581, 590; and A. J. P. Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War (New York: Atheneum, 1983), 102, 103.
 Howard Jones, Crucible of Empire: A History of American Foreign Relations from 1897 (Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 2001), 146.
 Schmitz, Thank God They’re on Our Side, 117. Another career diplomat, William Phillips, who succeeded Breckinridge Long as ambassador to Italy, wrote in April 1937, “I am greatly impressed by the efforts of Mussolini to improve the conditions of the masses. . . . Through his dynamic personality and great human qualities, [Mussolini] has created a new and vigorous race throughout Italy. He is essentially interested in bettering conditions of the masses and his accomplishments in this direction are astounding and are a source of constant amazement to me” (Schmitz, 117).
 Offner, American Appeasement, 124-130; and Schmitz, Thank God They’re on Our Side, 120.
 Frederick W. Marks, “Six between Roosevelt and Hitler: America’s Role in the Appeasement of Nazi Germany.” The Historical Journal 28, no. 4 (1985): 971; and Fred Arthur Bailey, “A Virginia Scholar in Chancellor Hitler’s Court: The Tragic Ambassadorship of William Edward Dodd,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 100, no. 3 (1992), 335-36. Bailey adds: “Dodd possessed attributes suited to his personal goal of taking American democracy to Berlin. He held a German university degree; he spoke fluent German, softened by a natural southern drawl; he was already well-respected by the nation’s intellectuals; and he had an intense appreciation of the Teutonic culture and an admiration for its people (332). . . . As Dodd grasped Germany’s complicated social and political scene, he came to fearful conclusions. Hitler, he cautioned Roosevelt, was creating a commanding personality cult, and his people embraced him as their new Messiah. The German military force grew in size, skill, and enthusiasm; the ‘manufacture of arms and tanks, and poison gases [went] on day and night.’ Dodd warned of Hitler’s lust for Holland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and the Baltic states. He feared that the dictator’s greed extended even farther to the east. . . . Although Roosevelt valued these observations, others in the State Department and in Dodd’s own embassy considered him an alarmist” (334-35).
 “Letter from Hugh R. Wilson to FDR,” Berlin, March 3, 1938, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/fdr-ambassador-japan.
 Offner, American Appeasement, 252-253; and Conrad Black, “The Peculiar Life of Joseph Kennedy,” The National Interest, no. 122 (2012), 76. See also David Nasaw, The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy (New York: Penguin Books, 2012).
 Offner, American Appeasement, 105-106.
 Schmitz, Thank God They’re on Our Side, 116, 118.
 Arnold A. Offner,”The United States, Great Britain, and Germany, 1933-1940,” The Journal of American History, Vol. 64, No. 2 (September 1977), 392.
 Frank Costigliola, “The United States and the Reconstruction of Germany in the 1920s,” The Business History Review 50, no. 4 (1976), 500.
 Offner, “Appeasement Revisited,” 376. See also, Pauwels, Big Business and Hitler, 168.
 Offner,”The United States, Great Britain, and Germany, 1933-1940,” 374.
 Corwin D. Edwards, Economic and Political Aspects of International Cartels (Washington, D.C.: G.P.O., 1946), 43-44, cited in Gabriel Kolko, “American Business and Germany, 1930-1941,” The Western Political Quarterly 15, no. 4 (1962), 725.
 Kolko, “American Business and Germany,” 714, 715.
 Kolko, “American Business and Germany,” 719; and Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, “How Big Business Bailed Out the Nazis,” May 20, 2016, https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/how-big-business-bailed-out-nazis. See also Diarmuid Jeffreys, Hell’s Cartel: I.G. Farben and the Making of Hitler’s War Machine (New York: Holt, 2010).
 Gerard Colby, Dupont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain (Secaucus, NJ: Lyle Stuart Inc., 1984), 335.
 Pauwels, Big Business and Hitler, 224.
 Jacques R. Pauwels, “Profits Über Alles! American Corporations and Hitler,” Labour / Le Travail 51 (2003), 232; and Michael Dobbs, “Ford and GM Scrutinized for the Alleged Nazi Collaboration,” Washington Post, November 30, 1998, https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/nov98/nazicars30.htm. Speer’s comment was made to investigative journalist Bradford Snell in a 1977 interview.
 Pauwels, Big Business and Hitler, 186.
 Kolko, “American Business and Germany, 1930-1941,” 725; Pauwels, Big Business and Hitler, 185, 37; and Bradford Snell, “GM and the Nazis,” Ramparts, June 1974, 14-16.
 Pauwels, “Profits Über Alles!, 224; and Dobbs, “Ford and GM Scrutinized for the Alleged Nazi Collaboration.”
 Pauwels, “Profits Über Alles!, 232, 228.
 Edgar B. Nixon, ed., Franklin D. Roosevelt and Foreign Affairs, Vol. III; September 1935-January 1937 (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1969), 456; and Sutton, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, 6.
 Quoted from Dodd’s letters to R. Walton Moore, August 1936, and Daniel C. Roper, October 1936, cited in Bailey, “A Virginia Scholar in Chancellor Hitler’s Court,” 336, 338.
 Offner, “Appeasement Revisited,” 376; and Daniel Warsh, “The Silent Partner: How the Ford Motor Company Became an Arsenal of Nazism,” Dept. of History, University of Pennsylvania, May 2008, 4-5.
 Edwin Black, IBM and the Holocaust (New York: Crown Books, 2001); Jack Beatty, “Hitler’s Willing Business Partners,” The Atlantic, April 2001, https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2001/04/hitlers-willing-business-partners/303146; and Edwin Black, “IBM’s Role in the Holocaust – What the New Documents Reveal,” HuffPost, March 17, 2015, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ibm-holocaust_b_1301691. In 2001, a lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court of Brooklyn which charged IBM with supplying technology what it knew would be used to “facilitate persecution and genocide.” Barnaby J. Feder, “Lawsuit Says I.B.M. Aided The Nazis In Technology,” New York Times, February 11, 2001, A17.
 Joseph P. Fried, “Chase and Morgan Sued Over Jewish Assets,” New York Times, December 24, 1998; and Paul Beckett, “Chase Manhattan Bank Uncovers Deal That Aided Nazi Germany,” Wall Street Journal, February 23, 2000.
 Sutton, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler; and Bill Vann, “The Holocaust and the Bush Family Fortune,” World Socialist Website, June 5, 2003, https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/06/bush-j05.html.
 Charles Higham, Trading with the Enemy: An Expose of the Nazi-American Money Plot (New York: Delacorte Press, 1983), 2.
 Kolko, “American Business and Germany, 1930-1941,” 716; and “Radio Address Delivered by President Roosevelt From Washington, December 29, 1940,” https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/WorldWar2/arsenal.htm.
 “The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany (Sackett),” March 3, 1933 – 5 p.m. (telegram), Foreign Relations of the United States Diplomatic Papers (hereafter referred to as FRUS), 1933, The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa, Vol. II, https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1933v02/d210.
 Jack Beatty, “Hitler’s Willing Business Partners,” The Atlantic, April 2001, https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2001/04/hitlers-willing-business-partners/303146; and “German Fugitives Tell of Atrocities at the Hands of Nazis,” New York Times, March 20, 1933.
 Charles Callan Tansill, Back Door to War: The Roosevelt Foreign Policy, 1933-1941 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1952), 40.
 Rafael Medoff, “The American Papers that Praised Hitler,” International March of the Living, December 28, 2015, https://www.motl.org/the-american-papers-that-praised-hitler.
 Deborah E. Lipstadt, “A Road Paved with Good Intentions: The Christian Science Monitor‘s Reaction to the First Phase of Nazi Persecution of Jews.” Jewish Social Studies 45, no. 2 (1983), 95-96. See also Susan Welch, “American Opinion Toward Jews During the Nazi Era: Results from Quota Sample Polling During the 1930s and 1940s,” Social Science Quarterly 95 (3) (March 2014), https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ssqu.12084. Welch notes, “Though the New York Times published more than 1100 articles on some aspect of the Holocaust between 1939 and 1945, only six were on the front page, and many did not focus on the destruction of the Jews as a special target.” The Kristallnacht rampage in November 1938 was an exception, receiving wide coverage.
 “Nazis End Attacks on Jews In Reich, Our Embassy Finds,” New York Times, March 27, 1933; and “The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Germany (Gordon),” Telegram, March 26, 1933, FRUS, https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1933v02/d219.
 Michael Feldberg, “U.S. Policy During World War II: The Anti-Nazi Boycott (1933),” Jewish Virtual Library (no date), https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/1933-anti-nazi-boycott.
 Sheldon Spear, “The United States and the Persecution of the Jews in Germany, 1933-1939,” Jewish Social Studies 30, no. 4 (1968), 218-219; and Offner, “Appeasement Revisited,” 61-63.
 “Memorandum by the Secretary of State of a Conversation With the German Ambassador (Luther),” Washington, May 3, 1933, FRUS, https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1933v02/d234.
 Medoff, “The American Papers that Praised Hitler.”
 Spear, “The United States and the Persecution of the Jews in Germany,” 217.
 Spear, “The United States and the Persecution of the Jews in Germany,” 216.
 Organizations protesting and lobbying in the U.S. include the American Jewish Committee, B’nai B’rith, the American Jewish Congress, the American League for Human Rights (formed in March 1933), and the American Committee on Religious Rights and Minorities (an arm of the Church Peace Union which focused on religious tolerance).
 Louis Anthes, “Publicly Deliberative Drama: The 1934 Mock Trial of Adolf Hitler for ‘Crimes against Civilization,’” American Journal of Legal History, Volume 42, Issue 4, October 1998, 391; “Nazis End Attacks on Jews in Reich, Our Embassy Finds,” New York Times, March 27, 1934; and “Mock Trial of Hitler Brings Protest,” The Cornell Daily Sun, March 10, 1934.
 “Memorandum by the Secretary of State, February 1, 1934,” FRUS, https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1934v02/d406. See also memoranda for meetings on February 17, March 2, and March 13, 1934.
 Daniel Schere, “Why the top U.S. rabbi condemned the president in 1935,” Washington Jewish Week, September 27, 2017, https://www.washingtonjewishweek.com/41300/why-the-top-u-s-rabbi-condemned-the-president-in-1935/editorial-opinion/voices.
 James Q. Whitman, Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018), 22.
 Irwin F. Gellman, Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), x, 97, 98.
 Schmitz, Thank God They’re on Our Side, 89.
 Offner, American Appeasement, 215, 251.
 Howard M. Sachar, A History of the Jews in America (New York: Vintage Books, 1993), 450. Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote: “[F]or so many years, both as friends and as workers, my husband and I were closely associated with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Morgenthau, Jr… It is interesting to know that my husband never held a political office from the time of his governorship of New York State without having Henry Morgenthau, Jr., in some way in his official family… [T]here was an underlying deep devotion and trust which never really wavered.” Quoted in “Henry Morgenthau, Jr. and the War Refugee Board,” FDR Library & Museum, https://www.fdrlibrary.org/morgenthau.
 Gellman, Secret Affairs, 99. The quotes are from the group’s publication, The White Knight, August 15, 1936. See also, Donald S. Strong, Organized Anti-Semitism in America: The Rise of Group Prejudice During the Decade 1930-40 (Washington, DC: American Council on Public Affairs, 1941).
 “Charles E. Coughlin,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/charles-e-coughlin; and “Father Coughlin Blames Jews for Nazi Violence,” History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust, https://newspapers.ushmm.org/events/father-coughlin-blames-jews-for-nazi-violence.
 Richard Polenberg, War and Society: The United States, 1941-1945 (New York: J. B. Lippincott, 1972), 47.
 Sarah Kate Kramer, “When Nazis Took Manhattan,” February 20, 2019, NPR radio diaries, https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2019/02/20/695941323/when-nazis-took-manhattan; and Bradley W. Hart, “America’s dark history of organized anti-Semitism re-emerges in today’s far-right groups,” The Conversation, November 29, 2018, https://theconversation.com/americas-dark-history-of-organized-anti-semitism-re-emerges-in-todays-far-right-groups-106292.
 Stephen H. Norwood, “Review of Bradley W. Hart, Hitler’s American Friends: The Third Reich’s Supporters in the United States,” H-Diplo, August 2019, https://networks.h-net.org/node/28443/reviews/4398217/norwood-hart-hitlers-american-friends-third-reichs-supporters-united.
 Welch, “American Opinion Toward Jews During the Nazi Era,” 15.
 Spear, “The United States and the Persecution of the Jews in Germany,” 233.
 “German Jewish Refugees,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/german-jewish-refugees-1933-1939; and “Immigration to the United States, 1933-41,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/immigration-to-the-united-states-1933-41.
 Spear, “The United States and the Persecution of the Jews in Germany,” 227. On Anne Frank, see Becky Little, “Anne Frank’s Family Tried Repeatedly to Immigrate to the U.S.,” History.com, March 7, 2019, https://www.history.com/news/anne-frank-family-immigration-america-holocaust.
 Mike Lanchin, “S.S. St. Louis: The Ship of Jewish Refugees Nobody Wanted,” BBC News, May 14, 2014, https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27373131.
 “Immigration to the United States, 1933-41.”
 “Breckenridge Long,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/breckinridge-long
 David Wyman, The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945 (New York: The New Press, 1994), 191.
 Dan Kurzman, The Bravest Battle: The Twenty-Eight Days of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1976), 133.
 Arthur D. Morse, While Six Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy (New York: Hart Publishing, 1967), 303.
 Morse, While Six Million Died, 304.
 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “State of the Union 1936 – 3 January 1936,” American History (speeches), http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/presidents/franklin-delano-roosevelt/state-of-the-union-1936.php.
 See Keri Lee Alexander, “Emma Lazarua” (biography), National Women’s History Museum, https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/emma-lazarus. By way of contrast, the U.S. allowed about 250,000 Germans to enter the country in 1882, according to the U.S. Library of Congress, “Germans in America,” https://www.loc.gov/rr/european/imde/germchro.html.
 U.S. foreign policy on the whole was not isolationist during the interwar years. While there was considerable public antipathy toward becoming involved in another European war, the U.S. was a major player in the international arena. It was the leading economic nation in the world and intent on expanding its trade empire. It commanded a sphere of influence in the Central America-Caribbean region, held the Philippines as a colony, and worked with European nations to revise the draconian economic demands of the Versailles Treaty. Most peace groups were internationalist during the 1920s, turning to “isolationism” only after international diplomacy and sanctions failed to keep the peace.
 See Thomas H. Buckley, The United States and the Washington Conference, 1921-1922 (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1970); Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017); and Robert H. Ferrell, Peace in Their Time: The Origins of the Kellogg-Briand Pact (New York: Norton, 1969).
 The U.S. peace movement was diverse, comprising religious and secular groups, absolute pacifists and peace-oriented pragmatists, socialists, moderate reformers, women’s groups, traditional pacifist churches, and more. Major organizations of the interwar era, some of which are still active today, include (listed alphabetically): American Civil Liberties Union, American Friends Service Committee, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Committee Against Militarism in Education, International Fellowship of Reconciliation, League of Nations Association, National Council for the Prevention of War, National Peace Conference, War Resisters League, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Women’s Peace Society, and Women’s Peace Union. A study by the Commission on the Coordination of Efforts for Peace in 1933 listed 12 international, 28 national, and 37 local peace societies in the United States. In addition, it listed more than one hundred other groups promoting peace internationalism and another 120 bodies involved in some measure of peace advocacy. Cited in Charles Chatfield, For Peace and Justice: Pacifism in America, 1914-1941 (Boston: Beacon Press, 1971), 95. For additional background on the U.S. peace movement during the interwar years, see Christy Jo Snider, “Patriots and Pacifists: The Rhetorical Debate about Peace, Patriotism and Internationalism,” 1914-1930, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Spring 2005): 59-83; Robert David Johnson, The Peace Progressives and American Foreign Relations (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995); and Wittner, Rebels Against War: The American Peace Movement, 1933-1983.
 Robert D. Accinelli, “The Roosevelt Administration and the World Court Defeat, 1935.” The Historian 40, no. 3 (1978), 463.
 George Bunn, “Gas and Germ Warfare: International Legal History and Present Status,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 1970, https://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/65/1/253.full.pdf.
 F. C. Hanighen and H. C. Engelbrecht’s Merchants of Death: A Study of the International Armament Industry (1934) was first published in the March 1934 issue of Fortune magazine and subsequently became a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Similar critical works of this period include Harry Elmer Barnes’s The Genesis of the World War (1926), C. Hartley Grattan’s Why We Fought (1929), Walter Millis’s The Road to War: America 1914-1917 (1935), and Charles C. Tansill’s America Goes to War (1938).
 Chatfield, For Peace and Justice, 283-85. The Ludlow Amendment is remembered today in marked contrast to the onset of the “imperial presidency” following World War II.
 Cristiano Andrea Ristuccia, “1935 Sanctions Against Italy: Would Coal and Crude Oil Have Made a Difference?” European Review of Economic History, Vol. 4, Issue 1 (April 2000), https://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/economics/history/paper14/14paper.pdf, 3.
 Offner, American Appeasement, 277.
 Chatfield, For Peace and Justice, 288; and Manfred Jonas, The United States and Germany: A Diplomatic History (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984), 226.
 Between 1935 and 1937, Congress passed three separate neutrality laws that placed an embargo on arms sales to belligerents, forbade American ships from entering war zones and prohibited them from being armed, and barred Americans from traveling on belligerent ships. These measures reflected lessons from the First World War, especially as the presumed “right” of Americans to travel on belligerent ships upon which President Wilson insisted led to American lives being lost and, hence, to the president seeking a declaration of war against Germany. See “The Neutrality Act of 1935,” Digital History, https://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtID=3&psid=4057.
 Aaron Xavier Fellmeth, “A Divorce Wating to Happen: Franklin Roosevelt and the Law of Neutrality, 1935-1941,” Buffalo Journal of International Law, Vol. 3, No. 2 (January 1, 1997), 469.
 “Relations with Japan 1938-1940,” U.S. Department of State, Peace and War: United States Foreign Policy, 1931-1941 (Washington, D.C.: U.S., Government Printing Office, 1943), 87-97, https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/WorldWar2/japan.htm; and Sniegoski, “The Case for Pearl Harbor Revisionism.”
 Lindbergh expressed what many believe were antisemitic views at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 11, 1941, declaring, “The British and the Jewish races, for reasons which are not American, wish to involve us in the war.” He added that the “greatest danger” Jews posed to the U.S. “lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio, and our government.” He also stated that “no person with a sense of the dignity of mankind can condone the persecution of the Jewish race in Germany.” The America First executive committee was divided about Lindbergh’s speech, with the chairman of the New York section, John T. Flynn warning that he did “not want to see this fine movement [America First] degenerate into intolerance.” Michele Stenehjem Gerber, An American First: John T. Flynn and the America First Committee (New York: Arlington House, 1976), 137; and Brian Bennett, “‘America First,’ a phrase with a loaded antisemitic and isolationist history,” Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2017, https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-america-first-20170120-story.
 Gerber, An American First; and Jonathan Marshall, To Have and Have Not: Southeast Asian Raw Materials and the Origins of the Pacific War (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995), 183.
 “November 1944,” Franklin D. Roosevelt, Day by Day: A Project of the Pare Lorentz Center at the FDR Presidential Library (speeches), http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/daybyday/event/november-1944-9.
 Gellman, Secret Affairs, 252; and Polenberg, War and Society, 8. Thomas E. Mahl’s study, Desperate Deception: British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939-1944 (Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2000) documents a secret British campaign on a larger scale than that of the First World War to undermine the isolationist movement and bring America into the war. A key role was played by “the Quiet Canadian” Sir William Stephenson, the director of the British intelligence office in New York, who recruited Hollywood directors and prominent journalists and radio commentators like Walter Winchell, New York Times publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger, and Time Magazine publisher Henry Luce who advocated for a new “American Century.” The influence of the isolationists was hampered by the Republican Party’s nomination of Wendell Wilkie over Robert Taft in the 1940 Republican primary, as Wilkie’s views on war were similar to Roosevelt’s, whereas Taft was an isolationist with views similar to those of the America First Committee.
 James I. Marino, “Undeclared War in the Atlantic,” Warfare History Network, November 23, 2016, https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/2016/11/23/undeclared-war-in-the-atlantic.
 “1941: The Atlantic Charter,” United Nations, https://www.un.org/en/sections/history-united-nations-charter/1941-atlantic-charter/index.html.
 Frederic R. Sanborn, “Roosevelt is Frustrated in Europe,” in Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, ed. Harry E. Barnes (Ostara Publications, 1953), 218-21. In late May, 1941, hostilities between the U.S. and Germany had escalated when the merchant ship Robin Moor was sunk in the South Atlantic on its way to British bases in North Africa in what Roosevelt termed an “act of piracy.” The antiwar America First Committee charged that seventy percent of the ship’s cargo was contraband and munitions, and that America had invited attack by violating its Neutrality Act. In a Washington Post column on June 4, Joseph Alsop and Robert Kuttner quoted from reliable unnamed sources inside the administration who avowed that Roosevelt was “privately hoping for a shipping incident that could be used as an excuse to take the nation into war,” and that the president was determined to “force the Germans into firing the first shot” and then to “act as an outraged innocent.” Michele Stenehjem Gerber, An American First: John T. Flynn and the America First Committee (New Rochelle: Arlington House Publishers, 1976), 99, 100.
 Robert E. Sherwood, Roosevelt & Hopkins (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1950), 428. President Roosevelt’s reaction was not unusual among the political elite. One Congressman, who had sponsored the Selective Service Act of 1940, said he regarded the prospect of war with sorrow but admitted to “a feeling of real relief, that at last we are a united people.” Similarly, Secretary of War Henry Stimson remarked: “My first feeling was of relief that the indecision was over and that a crisis had come in a way which would unite all our people.” Quoted in Polenberg, War and Society, 2.
 James J. Lopach and Jean A. Luckowski, Jeannette Rankin: A Political Woman (University Press of Colorado, 2005), 184.
 Wittner, Rebels Against War, 34, 36.
 Bruce Bliven Jr. From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa: The War in the Pacific 1941-1945 (New York: Random House, 1960), 18; and Morganstern, Pearl Harbor, 167.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 190.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 101.
 Morrison quoted in John Prados, Combined Fleet Decoded: The Secret History of American Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II (New York: Random House, 1995), 197.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 140-41, 143-44, 146; and “U-Boat Attacks of World War II: 6 Months of Secret Terror in the Atlantic,” New England Historical Society, https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/u-boat-attacks-of-world-war-ii-6-months-of-secret-terror-in-the-atlantic.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 144; Gerhard L. Weinberg, A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994), 543; Maurice Isserman, World War II: America at War (New York: Oxford, 1991), 57; and Stephen Budiansky, Blackett’s War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013). A group of talented scientists who pioneered technical innovations that led to sinking of many German U-boats was led by Peter Blackett, a Marxist admirer of Joseph Stalin.
 “British Losses & Losses Inflicted on Axis Navies,” British Naval History, http://www.naval-history.net/WW2aBritishLosses10tables.htm.
 “Battle of the Atlantic: Countering the U-Boat Threat and Supplying the Allies,” U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/world-war-ii/1942/atlantic.html; and Budiansky, Blackett’s War, 253. The Allied war against German U-boats extended to the destruction of two French towns (Saint Nazaire and L’Orient) which housed German U-boat bases.
 William Manchester, American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964 (New York: Dell, 1978), 264.
 Bliven, From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa; and Manchester, American Caesar, 264, 265. On December 10, 1941, after a three-day battle, the American Naval Governor of Guam, George McMillan, surrendered to Japanese forces. The Midway Island outpost, 13,000 miles West of Pearl Harbor, fell on December 23 after 422 U.S. Marines held out for two weeks.
 Edwin P. Hoyt, Japan’s War: The Great Pacific Conflict (New York: McGraw-Hill Company, 1986), 251; see also, Charles G Roland, “Massacre and Rape in Hong Kong: Two Case Studies Involving Medical Personnel and Patients,” Journal of Contemporary History 32, no. 1 (1997): 43-61.
 Bill Sloan, Undefeated: America’s Heroic Fight for Bataan and Corregidor (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012), 153, 154, 82.
 Ronald H. Spector, Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan (New York: Vintage Books, 1985), 111; “American Prisoners of War in the Philippines”, Office of the Provost Marshal, 19 November 1945, http://www.mansell.com/pow_resources/camplists/philippines/pows_in_pi-OPMG_report.html; and Manchester, American Caesar, 253.
 Donald Knox, Death March: The Survivors of Bataan (New York: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, 1981), 125. For more recollections, see also Sloan, Undefeated, 183-189. GIs testified that numerous victims were buried alive as they cried weakly for help. Sometimes they would randomly select prisoners and tie them to trees and use their bodies for bayonet practice. The most sadistic Guards were Koreans who had been conscripted in the Japanese army. See also, James Scott, Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila (New York: W. W. Norton, 2018), 210.
 Spector, Eagle Against the Sun, 397; Hoyt, Japan’s War, 415, 416; John C. McManus, Fire and Fortitude: The U.S. Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 (New York: Caliber, 2019), 447; and Douglas Valentine, The Hotel Tacloban (Westport, CT: Lawrence Hill & Co., 1984), 63-65; and Gregory F. Michno, Death on the Hellships: Prisoners at Sea in the Pacific War (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2001).
 See Carol V. Glines, The Doolittle Raid: America’s Daring First Strike Against Japan (New York: Orion Books, 1988); and Col. Ted Lawson, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (New York: Pocket Star, 2004). On the killing of civilians, see Dower, War Without Mercy, 49; Barrett Tillman, Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan 1942-1945 (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010), 5.
 Bliven, From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa, 219. Naval historian Craig Symonds called Midway “one of the most consequential naval engagements in world history, ranking alongside Salamis, Trafalgar, and Tsushima Strait, as both tactically decisive and strategically influential.” Craig L. Symonds, World War II at Sea (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 293.
 Donovan Webster, The Burma Road: The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II (New York: Harper, 2004), 55; and Bill Yenne, When Tigers Ruled the Sky: The Flying Tigers: American Outlaw Pilots Over China in World War II (Dutton Caliber, 2016).
 Webster, The Burma Road; Troy J. Sacquety, The OSS in Burma: Jungle War Against the Japanese (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2013).
 Webster, The Burma Road, 34, 50, 55. The U.S. and British also recruited the Naga and Zo to fight with them. Aung San switched sides in March 1945 when the defeat of Japan was imminent. See also, Spector, Eagle Against the Sun, 646; Roger Hilsman, American Guerilla: My War Behind Japanese Lines (Washington, D.C.: Brassey’s, 1990), 122, 123; Charlton Ogburn, The Marauders (New York: Harper & Row, 1959); and William R. Peers and Dean Brelis, Behind the Burma Road (New York: Avon Books, 1963). Ralph Henderson wrote in The Readers Digest that “in a jungle ambush, the Kachins can do terrible things with sharpened bamboos. They fill the bushes on both sides with needle-sharp stakes, cleverly hidden. When a Jap patrol was fired upon, and dived for the timber – well, I hardly like to talk about it.”
 Hoyt, Japan’s War, 245.
 Dower, War Without Mercy, 61.
 Spector, Eagle Against the Sun, 465-66.
 Chang, The Rape of Nanking, 52-53; George Hicks, The Comfort Women: Japan’s Brutal Regime of Enforced Prostitution in the Second World War (New York: W.W. Norton, 1997), 17.
 Arnold C. Brackman, The Other Nuremburg: The Untold Story of the Tokyo War Crimes Trials (New York: Morrow, 1987), 254-257; Michno, Death on the Hellships, 117; and Clifford Kinvig, River Kwai Railway: The Story of the Burma-Siam Railroad (London: Brassey’s 1998).
 Edwin P. Hoyt, To the Marianas: War in the Central Pacific, 1944 (New York: Avon Books, 1980), viii, ix; Richard Frank, Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account (New York: Penguin Books, 1990), 259-261; and Joseph Wheelan, Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal the World War II Battle that Turned the Tide of War (Boston, MA: Da Capo Press, 2017).
 Samuel Elliot Morrison, The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the U.S. Navy in the Second World War, rev ed. (Boston: Little & Brown Co., 1963), 211; Clay Blair Jr. Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan (Philadelphia: J.B .Lippincott Company, 1975), 338; and Duane Schultz, Evans Carlson, Marine Raider: The Man Who Commanded America’s First Special Forces (Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, 2014), 183.
 Richard Tregaskis, Guadalcanal Diary (New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1943), 148. Tregaskis singled out the heroism of Lt. Colonel Merritt “Red Mike” Edson at Guadalcanal whom Tregaskis described as “the bravest, most effective killing machine I met in fifteen years as a war correspondent. He could wither a man with his china blue, gimlet eyes…as purposefully as a killer’s and as unemotional as a shark’s.” Wheelan, Midnight in the Pacific, 213-14. See also McManus, Fire and Fortitude, 279. McManus quotes from a Marine report which stated that “the dead on the beach [at Guadalcanal] were so thick that bulldozers were used to bury them.”
 Tregaskis, Guadalcanal Diary, 15, 16; and E. B. Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, with foreword by Victor Davis Hanson (San Francisco: Presidio Press, 2007), 129, 131.
 Sledge, With the Old Breed, 103.
 McManus Fire and Fortitude, 443. Private Roland Dettler filed a complaint through a base censors’ officer. He wrote: “It’s beyond human belief the stupidity, meanness, and rottenness of these officers. God how I could write a book.” In one anti-aircraft unit, an officer allegedly beat a private with a rifle butt, whittled food from him and forced him to dig a hole when he was sick and wounded. “This case is worse than General Patton’s,” wrote Private Joseph Kilmaszeski in reference to Patton’s abusive behavior toward his own men. The aggrieved soldier subsequently attempted suicide. McManus recounts the case of another officer, Colonel Kinsler, of the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, who committed suicide after he was censured by the army for his poor leadership. A Major Britten wrote to his wife that Kinsler was a “foul individual” whose “escapades with women and drunken orgies [were] known by every soldier in the Regiment. Furthermore, his inefficient handling of the Regiment was pathetic. The investigation revealed so many startling things that Kinsler could not face, so he chose to die as he lived, by shooting himself….after enjoying himself with…[a] nurse, and a bottle of gin and a lonely road.” (p. 444).
 Gerald F. Linderman, The World Within War: America’s Combat Experience in World War II (New York: The Free Press, 1997), 229-231; Michael Blankfort, The Big Yankee: The Life of Carlson of the Raiders (Boston: Little & Brown, 1947), 21, 23; Schultz, Evans Carlson, Marine Raider, 21, 24, 25, 229; Kenneth E. Shewmaker, “The American Liberal Dream: Evans F. Carlson and the Chinese Communists, 1937-1947,” Pacific Historical Review, 38, 2 (May 1969), 207-216. Carlson had met with Mao in 1937 during a trek behind Japanese lines to study the operations of the Chinese Communist Army. Carlson considered Mao a “humble, kind, lonely genius striving here in the darkness of the night to find a peaceful and equitable way of life for his people.” Winner of the Naval Cross, Carlson had trained the Nicaraguan National Guard and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Philippines and China for many years as part of military advisory missions. He had come to see how much of U.S. foreign policy was driven by the need to protect its investments abroad, such as Standard oil in China and the United Fruit Company in Nicaragua. When he met with Mao, he talked with him late into the night about war, politics and religion. After the war, Carlson allied with Henry Wallace, lobbied to cut off aid to Chiang Kai-Shek and promoted the peaceful use of atomic energy. He was attacked by Louis Budenz, a professional anticommunist witness before the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee investigating the alleged spread of communism in the nation, as a communist agent, and by Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) who said that Carlson was a hero of the international communist movement and disciple of radical journalist Agnes Smedley. Carlson defended himself by writing to Time Magazine in 1946 that he was never a member of the communist party but had “chosen now to work for peace.”
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 135-136.
 John Wukovits, One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa (New York: Penguin Books, 2006), 117, 135; Hanson W. Baldwin, Battles Lost and Won: Great Campaigns of World War II (London: Konecky & Konecky, 1961), 251; Robert Sherrod, Tarawa: The Story of a Battle, 40th anniversary edition (New York: Bantam Books, 1983); William Manchester, Goodbye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War (Boston: Little & Brown, 1980), 268.
 Peter Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan: American Soldiers in Asia and the Pacific During World War II (New York: New York University Press, 2002), 171, 245, 247; Manchester, Goodbye Darkness, 264. Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill, the Southern Force Commander, boasted prior to the landing that we’re going to “pound [Tarawa] with naval shell fire and dive bombers. We’re going to steamroller the place until hell wouldn’t have it.” By the third day of the fighting, the islet of Betio in the south had been transformed into a “savage landscape of broken palms, bomb craters and the charred ruins of blockhouses,” according to historian John Costello.
 Clive Howard, One Damned Island After Another (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1946), 156. See also Wukovits, One Square Mile of Hell, 135. A correspondent described the island as “nothing but stink and death.” Another wrote that the Marines “butchered their way across the island.” One Marine stated that his only thought was of killing the enemy. I wasn’t thinking of home or anything like that, or a girl-friend. I just wanted to go out there and kill as many Japs as I could. We had to stop them from shooting our own people.” (Vukovitz, One Square Mile of Hell, p. 186, 187).
 General Holland M. Smith, with Percy Finch, Coral and Brass (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1949), 111. For critical assessment, see also Baldwin, Battles Won and Lost, 253. Military historians have emphasized that “heavy Marine casualties was a high price to pay for a few hundred acres of coral reef.”
 John Costello, The Pacific War, 1941-1945 (New York: Harperperennial, 1981), 449.
 George Johnson, The Toughest Fighting in the World: The Australian Campaign for New Guinea in World War II (Yardley: Westholme, 2011), 212.
 E.J. Kahn, G.I. Jungle: An American Soldier in Australia and New Guinea (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1943), 123.
 Kahn, G.I. Jungle, 123. See also Robert L. Eichelberger, Our Jungle Road to Tokyo (New York: The Viking Press, 1950); McManus, Fire and Fortitude.
 Manchester, Goodbye Darkness, 218, 297; 437. See also Sy M. Kahn, Between Tedium and Terror: A Soldier’s World War II Diary, 1943-1945, foreword by Ronald Spector (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993). The urge to get way from the war drove some soldiers to self-mutilation. They shot themselves in the foot or chopped themselves with machetes. Those who did so later felt ashamed. Eric M. Bergerud, Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific (New York: Viking, 1996), 451, 452.
 Douglas Valentine, The Hotel Tacloban (Westport, CT: Lawrence Hill & Co., 1984), 3, 8.
 Quoted in D.F. Fleming, The Cold War and Its Origins, 1917-1960, vol. 1: 1917-1950 (New York: Doubleday & Co., 1961), 148.
 Pauwels, The Myth of the Good War, 91; Eric Margolis, “The Soviet Union Defeated Germany in World War II – Not the Western Forces,” The Unz Review, May 11, 2020, https://www.unz.com/emargolis/the-soviet-union-defeated-germany-in-world-war-ii-not-the-western-forces; and “The Eastern Front,” The National WWII Museum (New Orleans), https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/eastern-front.
 Weingartner, “War Against Subhumans,” 567; Overy, Russia’s War, 89, 123, 124; and Dwork and Van Pelt, Holocaust, 191.
 “World War II Allies: U.S. Lend-Lease to the Soviet Union, 1941-1945,” U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Russia, https://ru.usembassy.gov/world-war-ii-allies-u-s-lend-lease-to-the-soviet-union-1941-1945.
 Overy, Why the Allies Won, 3.
 Quoted in George Nash, ed., Freedom Betrayed: Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2011), xvi, 239; Truman also quoted in New York Times, June 24, 1941. Hoover characterized the Soviet Union as “one of the bloodiest tyrannies and terrors ever erected in history.” (p. liii). Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Robert F. Rich said quite characteristically that “those people who want us to get into this war on the side of Russia want us to get in bed with a rattlesnake and a skunk.” (Freedom Betrayed, p. 240.)
 George C. Herring Jr., “Lend-Lease to Russia and the Origins of the Cold War, 1944-1945,” Journal of American History, 56, 1 (June 1969), 95; and Bash, Freedom Betrayed, 237.
 Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Fireside Chat,” April 28, 1942, The American Presidency Project, https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/fireside-chat-5; and Helga Zepp-Larouche, “Putin’s Discussion of the Second World War Can Prevent World War III,” June 26, 2020, http://www.nkibrics.ru/posts/show/5ef59a456272695143350000; and Alexander Werth, Russia at War, 1941-1945 (New York: Carrol & Graf, 1964), xiv. Ernest Bevin, British Minister of Labor in the war-time government acknowledged the “tremendous effort of the Soviet people,” noting that “our children’s children will look back, through their history books, with admiration and thanks for the heroism of the great Russian people.”
 Lutz Kleveman, The New Great Game: Blood and Oil in Central Asia (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003), 19.
 “Order No. 227, July 28, 1942, J. Stalin,” https://www.tracesofwar.com/articles/4849/Order-No-227-July-28-1942-J-Stalin.htm.
 Beevor, The Second World War, 337; Beevor, Stalingrad, 105.
 Beevor, Stalingrad, 157; and Knightly, The First Casualty, 259.
 Overy, Why the Allies Won, 73, 74; and Raymond Limbach, “Battle of Stalingrad, Encyclopedia Britannica, https://www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-Stalingrad.
 Overy, Why the Allies Won, 84,172, 183-85; Beevor, Stalingrad, 98, 407; Werth, Russia at War, 1941-1945, 543; and Maurice Isserman, Which Side Were You On? The American Communist Party During the Second World War (Ohio: Wesleyan University Press, 1982), 158.
 Overy, Russia’s War, 209-210.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 148.
 Fleming, The Cold War and Its Origins, 1917-1960, 149-150.
 Fleming, The Cold War and Its Origins, 150-52.
 Prime Minister Winston Churchill made clear his intention to hold on to British colonies in a speech to Londoners in November 1942, saying “I have not become the King’s First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.” Prime Minister Winston Churchill Speech at the Mansion House, London, November 10, 1942, reported in the New York Times, November 11, 1942, http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/policy/1942/421110b.html.
 Prime Minister Winston Churchill Speech at the Mansion House, London, Nov 10, 1942, reported in the New York Times, November 11, 1942, http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/policy/1942/421110b.html.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 159-160. The report was issued in early 1943 and directed to General George Marshall.
 Mark A. Stoler, The Politics of the Second Front: American Military Planning and Diplomacy in Coalition Warfare, 1941-1943 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1977), 55-58.
 Fleming, The Cold War and Its Origins, 149-53.
 Fleming, The Cold War and Its Origins, 157-59.
 Fleming, The Cold War and Its Origins, 151.
 Orr Kelly, Meeting the Fox: The Allied Invasion of Africa, from Operation Torch to Kasserine Pass, to Victory in Tunisia (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2002), 43.
 Overy, Why the Allies Won, 52. The term “GI” became a popular reference for American soldiers, originating in the “government issue” stamp on military goods. Cartoonist Dave Breger, who was drafted into the Army in 1941, is credited with coining the name with his comic strip titled “G.I. Joe,” which he published in a weekly military magazine called Yank, beginning in 1942.
 Kelly, Meeting the Fox, 108.
 Dr. Benjamin Franklin Cooling, “Dwight D. Eisenhower at the Army War College, 1927-1928, https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a531981.pdf, 35; and Isserman, World War II, 65.
 David Nichols, ed., Ernie’s War: The Best of Ernie Pyle’s World War II Dispatches, with foreword by Studs Terkel (New York: Touchstone Books, 1986), 113, 119. Ernie Pyle was the most popular war correspondent in the U.S. He went to London, traveled with U.S. troop during the North Africa and Sicily campaigns, and, in 1945, went to the Pacific. He was killed by a sniper bullet on the island of Iwo Jima on April 17,1945.
 Nichols, Ernie’s War, 128, 63; and Kelly, Meeting the Fox, 100.
 Nichols, Ernie’s War, 128, 76-77.
 Susan Brewer, Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), 125. See also, John McCallum, “U.S. Censorship, Violence, and Moral Judgement in a Wartime Democracy, 1941-1945,” Diplomatic History, Vol. 41, No. 3 (2017): 543-66. The Office of War Information, notes McCallum, censored all statements that revealed the killing of German prisoners by U.S. troops as well as the effects of napalm in bombing Berlin, Hamburg, and other cities.
 “Tunisia Campaign,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/tunisia-campaign.
 “Operation Husky: The Allied Invasion of Sicily,” July 12, 2017, The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/operation-husky-allied-invasion-sicily; and Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 168. Under Operation Mincemeat, British intelligence dressed a suicide victim as a Royal Marine, planted false papers on the corpse, and deposited the package off the coast of Spain for the Germans to find and interpret. The ruse proved successful, and German resources were shifted to the islands of Sardinia and Corsica.
 Beevor, The Second World War, 495; and Robert F. Dorr, “Friendly Fire’s Deadliest Day,” America in WWII, 2018, http://www.americainwwii.com/articles/friendly-fires-deadliest-day.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 168-69.
 “Armistice with Italy Instrument of Surrender; September 29, 1943,” section 30, https://avalon.law.yale.edu/wwii/italy03.asp.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 169; and James J. Weingartner, “Americans, Germans, and War Crimes: Converging Narratives from ‘The Good War,’” The Journal of American History 94, no. 4 (2008): 1165, 1166.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 169.
 “Cephalonia Island Massacre (September 1943),” in Spencer C. Tucker, ed., World War II: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection, Vol. 1 (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2016), 382-83.
 Midge Mackenzie, “An Antiwar Message from the Army’s Messenger,” New York Times, April 16, 2000.
 “Bombing of Rome in World War II,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Rome_in_World_War_II; “Rome marks 1943 bombing of S. Lorenzo,” July 18, 2018, https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-marks-1943-bombing-of-s-lorenzo.html#:~:text=On%2019%20July%201943%20Allied,was%20declared%20an%20open%20city; and David Broder, “When the Americans Came,” Jacobin, July 19, 2018, https://jacobinmag.com/2018/07/italian-resistance-fascism-san-lorenzo.
 “Protection of Civilian Populations Against Bombing From the Air in Case of War, League of Nations, September 30, 1938,” and “Appeal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Aerial Bombardment of Civilian Populations, September 1, 1939,” http://www.dannen.com/decision/int-law.html#D. See also, Charles S. Maier, “Targeting the city: Debates and silences about the aerial bombing of World War II,” International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 87, No. 859, September 2005.
 Robert S. Dudney, “Douhet,” Air Force Magazine, April 1, 2011, https://www.airforcemag.com/article/0411douhet; and Randy Kee, “Brig Gen Billy Mitchell’s Continuing Legacy to USAF Doctrine,” https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Portals/10/ASPJ/journals/Chronicles/kee1.pdf. See also, Michael Sherry, The Rise of American Airpower: The Creation of Armageddon (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987), ch. 2.
 The main officials in this debate were Henry Arnold and Ira Eaker, Army Air Forces commanders, Carl Spaatz, commander of U.S. Strategic Air Forces in Europe, Henry Berliner, an intelligence officer on Arnold’s staff, Robert Lovett, assistant secretary of war for air, Admiral William Leahy, President Roosevelt’s chief military adviser, and Dwight Eisenhower, supreme Allied commander. Schaffer, “American Military Ethics in World War II.”
 John T. Correll, “Daylight Precision Bombing,” Air Force Magazine, October 1, 2008, https://www.airforcemag.com/article/1008daylight. Correll writes, “Bombing accuracy was terrible. The average circular error in 1943 was 1,200 feet, meaning that only 16 percent of the bombs fell within 1,000 feet of the aiming point.”
 United States Strategic Bombing Survey, “The Effects of Strategic Bombing on German Morale,” Vol. 1, Morale Division (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, May 1947). See also, “List of air operations during the Battle of Europe,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_air_operations_during_the_Battle_of_Europe.
 Max Trethaway, “1,046 Bombers But Cologne Lived,” The New York Times, June 2, 1992, https://www.nytimes.com/1992/06/02/opinion/IHT-1046-bombers-but-cologne-lived.html; Alexander McKee, Dresden, 1945: The Devil’s Tinderbox (New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1982), 161; and “Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities,” World War II Database, https://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55. In July 1945, a month after the war in Europe ended, journalist Alexander McKee drove through the city of Cologne and recorded the following: “I only saw about a dozen buildings which were intact, though several hundred had been damaged and repaired, and still stood. The destruction and damage in the very considerable area of Cologne through which we toured must have been in the neighborhood of 98 percent. All through these streets there was a peculiar smell . . . the smell of human flesh, long dead, decomposing in the heat.” McKee, Dresden 1945, 11.
 Correll, “Daylight Precision Bombing”; “Memorandum by the Combined Chiefs of Staff [Casablanca,] January 21, 1943,” Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS), the Conferences at Washington, 1941, and Casablanca, 1943, Doc. 412, https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1941-43/d412.
 Ronald Schaffer, “American Military Ethics in World War II: The Bombing of German Civilians.” The Journal of American History 67, no. 2 (1980), 319.
 Stephen Budiansky, Air Power: The Men, Machines, and Ideas That Revolutionary War from Kitty Hawk to Iraq (New York: Penguin Books, 2005), 321.
 Anderson to George E. Stratemeyer, July 21, 1943, file 312.1-E, box 194, Records of the Army Air Forces; cited in Schaffer, “American Military Ethics in World War II,” 332-33.
 A.C. Grayling, Among the Dead Cities: The Historical and Moral Legacy of the World War II Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan (New York: Walker Publishing Company, 2006), 82-83. Police reports described demented people who had gone insane from the whole ordeal, carrying the remains of deceased relatives in their suitcases as they left the city.
 Kenneth Hewitt, “Place Annihilation: Area Bombing and the Fate of Urban Places,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 73, no. 2 (1983), 272.
 Schaffer, “American Military Ethics in World War II,” 324.
 Ted Morgan, FDR: A Biography (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985), 526; cited in “Anglo-American Relations,” Lincoln & Churchill, A Project of the Lehrman Institute, https://lincolnandchurchill.org/anglo-american-relations.
 Overy, Why the Allies Won, 109, 110.
 Audie Murphy, To Hell and Back (New York: Henry Holt, 1949), 125; Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 175.
 See Alfred W. McCoy, The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drugs Trade (New York: Lawrence Hill Books, 2003); Douglas Valentine, The Strength of the Wolf (London: Verso, 2004).
 Richard Harris Smith, OSS: The Secret History of America’s First Central Intelligence Agency (Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2005), 11, 12.
 Lynda Lamarre, “Heroes or Terrorists? War, Resistance, and Memorialization in Tuscany, 1943-1945,” Georgia Southern University, https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1596&context=etd, 48-51.
 Antony Beevor, D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (London: Thorndike Press, 2009), 108, 161; and Smith, OSS.
 Beevor, D-Day, 379; and James Holland, Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France (New York: Grove Press, 2019), 297.
 David Chrisinger, “The Man Who Told America the Truth About D-Day,” The New York Times, June 5, 2019; Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 296; Beevor, D-Day. Some soldiers drowned because of the weight of their packs.
 Brigadier General Denis Whitaker, Normandy: The Real Story How Ordinary Soldiers Defeated Hitler (New York: Ballantine Books, 2000), 13, 16.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 306.
 Holland, Normandy, 561; and Whitaker, Normandy, 21.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 306; and John Keegan, Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, June 6th to August 25th, 1944 (London: Jonathan Cape, 1982), 283.
 Beevor, D-Day, 282, 306, 500, 502. Among the institutions destroyed in Caen was the university on Rue Pasteur. The bombing ironically impeded the advance of vehicles and thus benefited the German defenders. German General Eberbach described Caen as “a heap of ruin which was hard to cross.”
 McKee, Dresden 1945, 16, 17.
 Whitaker, Normandy, 236; Beevor, D-Day, 316, 317; and Antony Beevor, Ardennes, 1944 (New York: Thorndike Press, 2015), 506, 507.
 Whitaker, Normandy, 27.
 Beevor, D-Day, 823, 824, 825.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 307-308.
 See Robert E. Merriam, The Battle of the Bulge (New York: Ballantine Books, 1957); John Toland, Battle: The Story of the Bulge (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999); Steven Zaloga, Battle of the Bulge 1944 (Oxford: Osprey, 2004).
 Beevor, The Second World War, 656, 657.
 Beevor, Ardennes, 1944, 503.
 Beevor, Ardennes, 1944, 201, 286, 673; Merriam, The Battle of the Bulge, 172; and “The Malmedy Massacre,” The History Place, http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/timeline/malmedy.htm.
 John Fague, “B Company 21st AIB,” The 11th Armored Division Legacy Group (no date), http://www.11tharmoreddivision.com/history/21st_aib_b_company.htm.
 Beevor, Ardennes, 1944, 356, 626, 679. Vonnegut was taken as a prisoner to Dresden where he witnessed the horrific firebombing of the city, which is what led him to write his famous novel, Slaughterhouse 5.
 Beevor, Ardennes, 1944, 666. Another 200 civilians were killed by Allied air raids in Luxembourg.
 Beevor, Ardennes, 1944, 536, 554, 556, 623, 653.
 “Battle of the Bulge,” U.S. Army Center of Military History, http://history.army.mil/html/reference/bulge/index.html#:~:text=The%20Americans%20suffered%20some%2075%2C000,only%20a%20matter%20of%20time.
 Matt Robinson, “The Battle of Berlin, 1945: A Day-by-Day Account,” April 14, 2020, https://www.berlinexperiences.com/the-battle-of-berlin-1945-a-day-by-day-account; and Merriam, The Battle of the Bulge, 150, 151, 161.
 Charles Glass, The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II (New York: The Penguin Press, 2013), xvii, xix.
 Glass, The Deserters, xx.
 Glass, The Deserters, 203, 204.
 Glass, The Deserters, xi.
 Glass, The Deserters, xii.
 Glass, The Deserters, xiv.
 Schaffer, “American Military Ethics in World War II,” 327, 328.
 Schaffer, “American Military Ethics in World War II,” 328.
 Barbara, Christina and Sybilla Knuth, “The Chimneys of Leipzig: Three American Girls Tell the Story of How Germany’s Third Largest City Was Destroyed,” Life Magazine, May 15, 1944.
 Schaffer, “American Military Ethics in World War II,” 327, 325.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 319; Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Slaughterhouse 5, reprint (New York: Dial Press, 1999); David Irving, The Destruction of Dresden, introduction by Ira Eaker (New York: Holt Rhinehart & Winston, 1964). Vonnegut had survived the bombing working in a meat locker underground and then was given the gruesome task of excavating bodies from the rubble, which shaped his antiwar outlook. His convoy of POWs had also been mistakenly been bombed by the RAF while they were traveling to Dresden, though Vonnegut luckily was among the survivors.
 Knightly, The First Casualty, 313, 314.
 Ronald Schaffer, “The Bombing Campaigns in World War II: The European Theater,” in Tanaka & Young, Bombing Civilians, 41-42.
 McKee, Dresden 1945, 316.
 Charles S. Maier, “Targeting the city: Debates and silences about the aerial bombing of World War II,” International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 87, No. 859 (September 2005), 435.
 Howard Zinn, The Politics of History (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1990), 258.
 “Foe’s Bordeaux Pockets Shrink; French Mop Up Royan, Drive On,” New York Times, April 17, 1945, page 4. See also, Howard Zinn, “The Bombing of Royan,” in Howard Zinn on War (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2001), 105-115; and Zinn, The Politics of History, chapter 16, “Hiroshima and Royan.” Howard Zinn, a noted historian of American history, was a bombardier in the 490th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Air Force, which bombed targets in Berlin, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and, notably, Royan in April 1945. He later investigated the operation and wrote about it.
 Zinn, The Politics of History, 268-69.
 “The United States Strategic Bombing Survey, Summary Report (European War), September 30, 1945, https://www.anesi.com/ussbs02.htm, 1. For a statistical overview of Allied bombing, see KennethHewitt, “Place Annihilation: Area Bombing and the Fate of Urban Places.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 73, no. 2 (1983): 257-84.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 319, 320.
 “1944: Leningrad siege ends after 900 days,” On This Day (27 January 1944), British Broadcasting Corporation, http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/27/newsid_3498000/3498330.stm.
 Philip Knightly, The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero, Propagandist and Mythmaker (New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1975), 263. After the city’s liberation, the Soviets deported the entire Crimean Tartar community of 300,000-500,000 people and sent them into exile in Central Asia, as the Tartar population had collaborated with the Germans and even hunted down Russian soldiers in disguise.
 “The Liberation of Majdanek,” July 23, 2020, The National World War II Museum, New Orleans, https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/liberation-of-nazi-camp-majdanek-1944
 “The Yalta Conference, February 1945,” The Avalon Project, http://avalon.law.yale.edu/wwii/yalta.asp. The Yalta agreement stipulated that “all democratic and anti-Nazi parties shall have the right to take part [in the elections] and to put forward candidates.” This stipulation subsequently became the pretext for the outlawing of all parties except two, the Polish Peasant Party and the Communist Party (government bloc). In January 1947, the government bloc won 80 percent of the vote in for the 444-seat national legislature in what Western observers viewed as skewed elections. Meanwhile, the U.S. engaged interfered covertly and overtly in the Italian elections of April 1948 in order to prevent a leftist alliance from gaining power. See Roger Peace, “Cold War interventionism, 1945-1990,” United States Foreign Policy History and Resource Guide website, 2019, http://peacehistory-usfp.org/cold-war, Section 2.
 “Sealing the Third Reich’s Downfall: Adopf Hitler’s ‘Nero Decree,’” March 18, 2020, The National WWII Museum, https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/sealing-third-reichs-downfall-adolf-hitlers-nero-decree. See also, Hugh R. Trevor Roper, ed., Blitzkrieg to Defeat: Hitler’s War Directives 1939–1945 (NY: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1971); and “Nero Decree,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nero_Decree.
 Anjan Basu, “When Hitler Realised the End of the War Was Upon Him,” The Wire, May 8, 2020, https://thewire.in/history/when-hitler-realised-the-end-of-the-war-was-upon-him.
 Figures taken from Pauwels, Big Business and Hitler, 97.
 Mark Scott and Semyon Krasilshchik, eds., Yanks Meet Reds: Recollections of U.S. and Soviet Vets from the Linkup in World War II (San Francisco: Capra Press, 1988); and Terkel, The Good War, 444-459.
 Walther Kempowski, “Oath of the Elbe,” Harper’s Magazine, April 2015, https://harpers.org/archive/2015/04/oath-of-the-elbe.
 Tyler Marshall, “U.S. and Soviet Vets Muster at Elbe for Peace,” Los Angeles Times, April 26, 1985.
 Scott and Krasilshchik, eds., Yanks Meet Reds (George Peck), 64.
 “Statement by the President Announcing the Junction of Anglo-American and Soviet Forces in Germany,” April 27, 1945, Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, https://www.trumanlibrary.gov/library/public-papers/12/statement-president-announcing-junction-anglo-american-and-soviet-forces.
 Jeremy Kuzmarov, “Remember the Oath of the Elbe,” The Progressive, November 28, 2019, https://progressive.org/dispatches/remember-the-oath-of-the-elbe-kuzmarov-191128.
 Antony Beevor, “’They raped every German female from eight to 80’”, The Guardian, May 1, 2002, https://www.theguardian.com/books/2002/may/01/news.features11. See also, Beevor, The Second World War, 685; and “Mass Rape of German Women: When the Country Lost the War in 1945,” History in Images website,https://historyimages.blogspot.com/2011/10/mass-rape-german-women-red-army.html.
 Beevor, The Second World War, 687. Galina Brok-Beltsova, age 95, the last surviving member of Stalin’s three famous all-female air regiments admitted that the Soviet Air Force decimated much of the East German city of Königsberg when it was liberated from Nazi rule, but she said that this was because the Germans had tried to “destroy us and occupied our villages and towns.” Quoted in Robyn Dixon, “The Last of Stalin’s Female Fliers.” The Washington Post, August 5, 2020.
 Seth A. Givens, “Liberating the Germans: The US Army and Looting in Germany during the Second World War,” War in History 21, no. 1 (2014), 48. See also, J. Robert Lilly, Taken by Force: Rape and American GIs in Europe during World War II (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); and Ruth Lawlor, “American Soldiers and the Politics of Rape in World War II Europe,” dissertation, University of Cambridge, 2019.
 Alexander Gordeuk, interview by G. Kurt Piehler and Richard J. Fox, April 1, 1996, in New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II, cited in Givens, “Liberating the Germans,” 41.
 “The Bombing of Germany 1940-1945,” Center for the Study of War, State and Society, University of Exeter, https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/research/centres/warstateandsociety/projects/bombing/germany.
 David L. Bashow, “The Balance Sheet: The Costs and the Gains of the Bombing Campaign,” Canadian Military History, Vol. 15, Issue 3 (2006), 53; and Tara Aahra, “Lost Children: Displacement, Family, and Nation in Postwar Europe, The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 81, No. 1 (March 2009), 45.
 John Laurenson, “D-Day anniversary: France’s forgotten Blitz” BBC News, June 5, 2014, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27703724.
 Omar Bartov, Atina Grossmann, and Mary Nolan, eds., Crimes of War: Guilt and Denial in the Twentieth Century (New York: The New Press, 2002), xi.
 “Allies Are Urged to Execute Nazis,” New York Times, July 2, 1942. See also, Arthur D. Morse, While Six Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy (New York: Hart Publishing, 1968), 5.
 Bartov, Grossmann, and Nolan, Crimes of War, 55.
 “Nazi Persecution of Soviet Prisoners of War,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/nazi-persecution-of-soviet-prisoners-of-war.
 See Norman Davies, God’s Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 2 (Oxford University Press, 1983); and “Soviet Union: German Prisoners of War following World War II,” January 24, 2017, World Peace Foundation (Mass Atrocity Endings), https://sites.tufts.edu/atrocityendings/2015/08/07/german-pows-deaths-under-allied-control.
 Jack Fincher, “By Convention, the enemy within never did without,” Smithsonian magazine, Vol. 26, No. 3 (1995): 126-43.
 “Documenting Numbers of Victims of the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/documenting-numbers-of-victims-of-the-holocaust-and-nazi-persecution; Stone and Kuznick, The Untold History of the United States, 128; and “Mittelbau Main Camp: In Depth,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/mittelbau-main-camp-in-depth.
 Menachem Z. Rosensaft, “75 Years Ago at Nuremberg: Giving a Name to Crimes Against Humanity,” Just Security, November 19, 2020, https://www.justsecurity.org/73432/75-years-ago-at-nuremberg-giving-a-name-to-crimes-against-humanity.
 John Q. Barrett, “The Nuremberg Trials: A Summary Introduction,” St. John’s Law Scholarship Repository, 2017, https://scholarship.law.stjohns.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1181&context=faculty_publications.
 Smith, Coral and Brass, 144; Costello, The Pacific War, 1941-1945, 439. General Smith acknowledged that the island could have been seized using “less ammunition.” See also Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan, 245.
 Morrison, The Two-Ocean War, 310. For U.S. soldiers’ perspective, see S.L.A. Marshall, Island Victory: The Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001). After visiting Kwajalein, famed aviator and war critic Charles Lindbergh wrote in his journal: “War is like a flame, where it sweeps it sweeps life disappears, the birds and the trees with the Japanese. We come with bulldozers and scrape over the surface until it is barren as a gold-dredged area.” In Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan, 242.
 Morrison, The Two-Ocean War, 316.
 Howard, One Damned Island After Another, 235.
 Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan, 179, 250, 252; Costello, The Pacific War, 1941-1945, 484; Victor Brooks, Hell is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific, June-August 1944 (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2005); Eric Bergerud, Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific (New York: Penguin Books, 1997), 519, 520; and “Operation Forager: The Battle of Saipan,” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/world-war-ii/1944/saipan.html#48. In New Herbides off Medea, the Americans cleared the natives so they could use the island for recreation and target practice. Nearly the entire population of Green island was removed to make way for airfields. Many were subsequently reported to be “psychologically dispirited” and 148 died from malaria. Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan, 88.
 Manchester, Goodbye Darkness, 324, 331; and “Mariana Islands,” World War II Database, https://ww2db.com/country/mariana_islands.
 Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan, 247.
 Costello, The Pacific War, 1941-1945, 521.
 Brackman, The Other Nuremburg, 244, 245; and Linderman, The World Within War, 176, 177. Japanese Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita was sentenced to death for the Manila Massacre and other war crimes in December 1945. In April 1946, Japanese Gen. Masaharu Homma, who directed the battle for Bataan, was executed for his role in the death march and atrocities committed in prison camps.
 Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan, 246; Spector, Eagle Against the Sun, 500, 501, 502; Robert Leckie, The Battle for Iwo Jima (New York: Random House, 1967); and James Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers, with Ron Powers (New York: Bantam Books, 2000).
 Bill D. Ross, Iwo Jima: Legacy of Valor (New York: Vintage, 1986), 80; and Bradley, Flags of our Fathers, 172.
 Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan, 254.
 Spector, Eagle Against the Sun, 495; and Robert Leckie, The Battle for Iwo Jima (I-books, 2004), 18, 55. Tadamichi’s command post was located in a cave 75 feet underground. The GIs nicknamed the caves “Jap dungeons.” One journalist wrote very undiplomatically that “the Japs had to be burned and dug out of their holes [at Iwo] like rats.” Howard, One Damned Island After Another, 326.
 Paul Fussell, “Thank God for the Atom Bomb,” The New Republic, August 1981, https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/hf/iakh/HIS1300MET/v12/undervisningsmateriale/Fussel%20-%20thank%20god%20for%20the%20atom%20bomb.pdf
 Larry Smith, Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific (New York: W.W. Norton, 2008), 35; and Spector, Eagle Against the Sun, 499.
 Matt Carney, “Iwo Jima: U.S., Japanese Veterans Recall Horror of Pivotal World War II Battle, 70 Years On,” ABC News, March 27, 2015, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-27/battle-for-iwo-jima-in-wwii-remembered-70-years-on/6354688.
 Baldwin, Battles Lost and Won, 380.
 Leckie, Okinawa, 39; “U.S. Launched Massive Attacks on Japanese Mainland After Taking Okinawa, Documents Show,” Japan Times, January 8, 2018, https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/08/national/history/u-s-launched-massive-attacks-japanese-mainland-taking-okinawa-documents-show/#.Xg4VJEBFzIU. Buckner was the son of a famous confederate General of the same name.
 Joseph Wheelan, Bloody Okinawa: The Last Great Battle of World War II (Hachette Books, 2020), 14, 224; and Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan, 201. In 1966, the first time the statistic was measured, Okinawans suffered from schizophrenia at a rate 3.4 times the average for mainland Japan, a figure that is surely of no coincidence. Ryukyu Shimpo, Descent into Hell: Civilian Memories of the Battle of Okinawa (Portland, Maine: Merwin Asia, 2014), 473.
 Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan, 252; Shimpo, Descent into Hell, 214.
 Shimpo, Descent into Hell, 186, 233; Donald Smith, “Dark Caverns Entomb Bitter Memories, Bodies of Okinawan Lily Girls,” The Los Angeles Times, June 4, 1995, https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1995-06-04-mn-9231-story.html. The caves became literal hell holes where people had to live in complete darkness amidst the smell of putrefying feces and urine and the stench of death. Takashima Yunosuke wrote in his book The End of the Yamagata 32nd Infantry Regiment that “it was a hellish environment, which spawned tens of thousands of flies…Some of the badly wounded men went insane, suddenly yelling out despite enemy soldiers being just outside.”
 Hoyt, Japan’s War, 391; Shimpo, Descent into Hell, 209. “They would never surrender anyhow” was the justification of one tanker.
 Masahide Ota, “Re-Examining the History of the battle of Okinawa,” in Johnson, ed., Okinawa: Cold War Island (Japan Policy Research Institute, 1999), 30.
 Shimpo, Descent into Hell, 176-185.
 Manchester, Goodbye Darkness, 446-47; and “Site MALA24 Mistaken bombing by USN Torpedo Squadron 8,” Archaehiotria: WWII Historian and Shipwreck Researcher, https://www.archaehistoria.org/solomon-islands-archaeology/25-wwii-archaeological-sites-of-the-malaita-island/166-site-mala24-mistaken-bombing-by-usn-torpedo-squadron-8.
 Dower, War Without Mercy, 11.
 Dower, War Without Mercy, 7. Comic books portrayed the Japanese at the time as “loathsome, buck-toothed little yellow savages” and “cunning devils.” See also Ronald Takaki Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1995).
 Dower, War Without Mercy, 20, 21.
 Spector, Eagle Against the Sun, 408. See also Robert Fyne, The Hollywood Propaganda of World War II (Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 1997).
 Wheelan, The Last Great Battle of World War II, 209.
 Spector, Eagle Against the Sun, 409, 410.
 Ernie Pyle, “Europe This is Not,” February 16, 1945 in Ernie Pyle’s War: The Best of Ernie Pyle’s World War II Dispatches, ed. David Nichols, with foreword by Studs Terkel (New York: Random House, 1986), 367.
 Dower, War Without Mercy, 64.
 Dower, War Without Mercy. Congressman Francis Walter (D-PA) sent President Roosevelt a letter opener made from the arm bone of a dead Japanese soldier. James J. Weingartner, “Trophies of War: U.S. Troops and the Mutilation of Japanese War Dead, 1941-1945,” Pacific Historical Review 61, 1 (February 1992), 60, 61.
 Dower, War Without Mercy, 36; Linderman, The World Within War, 178.
 Terkel, “The Good War,” 67.
 Terkel, “The Good War,” 320.
 Dudley McCarthy, Australia in the War: Second World War Official Histories: Volume V – South–West Pacific Area – First Year: Kokoda Wau (Australian War Memorial, 1959), 334, 335.
 Linderman, The World Within War, 82.
 Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan, 207. One soldier conceded that “any atrocity the Japanese commit can be matched by Americans.” Marine Sy Kahn heard that members of the 41st Division, “living up to its reputation as ‘bloody butchers,’” had come upon a Japanese hospital on Biak and killed everyone in it. Another Marine unit slaughtered Japanese soldiers relaxing on a beach. When a Japanese prisoner pleaded that he had a wife and three children, a leatherneck shot him down and quipped: “now he has a widow and three orphans.”
 Dower, War Without Mercy, 63; Sledge, With the Old Breed, 129, 131, 314. Sledge wrote: “We had all become hardened. We were out there, human beings, the most developed form of life on earth, fighting each other like wild animals. It was so savage. We were savages.”
 See Robert Jay Lifton, Home from the War: Vietnam Veterans Neither Victims nor Executioners (Boston: Beacon Press, 1973).
 Dower, War Without Mercy, 70, 85; Linderman, The World Within War, 168, 169; Schrijvers, The GI War Against Japan, 218; Sherrod, Tarawa, 40. One Lieutenant stated: “The Japs live like rats, squeal like pigs and act like monkeys.”
 Lawrence Wittner, Rebels Against War: The American Peace Movement (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984), 105.
 Brackman, The Other Nuremburg; and Chang, The Rape of Nanking, 175.
 Brackman, The Other Nuremburg, 198, 199; Sheldon Harris, Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 192-1945 and the American Cover-Up, (New York: Routledge, 2002); and Saburo Ienaga, Japan’s Last War: World War II and the Japanese, 1931-1945 (New York: WileyBlackwell, 1979), 188, 189.
 Hoyt, Japan’s War, 379, 380; and Selden, “A Forgotten Holocaust.”
 Daniel L. Haulman, “Firebombing Air Raids on Cities at Night, Air Power History, Vol. 65, No. 4 (Winger 2018), 41.
 Sherry, The Rise of American Airpower, 287, 288.
 Charles Griffith, The Quest: Haywood Hansell and American Strategic Bombing in World War II (Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Air University Press, 1999), 169.
 Selden, “A Forgotten Holocaust;” Hoyt, Inferno.
 Selden, “A Forgotten Holocaust.” See also, John Ismay, “‘We Hated What We Were Doing’: Memories from the Airmen,” The New York Times, September 6, 2020, Special Section, 75 Years After World War II, 7.
 Tillman, Whirlwind, 153.
 Selden, “A Forgotten Holocaust.” Captured pilots were usually tortured at makeshift POW camps or starved in revenge for their actions. Tillman, Whirlwind; and James Bradley, Flyboys: A True Story of Courage (Boston: Little & Brown, 2003).
 Sherry, The Rise of American Airpower, 274; and Ismay, “We Hated What We Were Doing.”.
 Hoyt, Inferno, 88-89, 93-94.
 Hoyt, Inferno, 60, 85, 114, 115.
 Hoyt, Inferno, 88-89, 402, 116; and Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan (New York: Henry Holt, 2016), 165.
 Tillman, Whirlwind, 169.
 Terkel, “The Good War,” 200.
 Ismay, “We Hated What We Were Doing.”
 Costello, The Pacific War, 1941-1945, 552, 553.
 Selden, “A Forgotten Holocaust”; and United States Strategic Bombing Survey, “Summary Report (Pacific War)” (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing office, July 1, 1946), page 17. The report also noted, “In the aggregate, 104,000 tons of bombs were directed at 66 urban areas; 14,150 tons were directed at aircraft factories; 10,600 tons at oil refineries; 4,708 at arsenals; 3,500 at miscellaneous industrial targets; 8,115 tons at air fields and sea-plane bases in support of the Okinawa operation; and 12,054 mines were sown” (page 17).
 Hoyt, Inferno, 71.
 Ernie Pyle, “Inside a Super Fortress in the Marianas Islands,” March 1, 1945, in Nichols, Ernie’s War, 377, 378.
 John Steinbeck, Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team (New York: Penguin Classics, 2009); and Sherry, The Rise of American Airpower, 137.
 Sherry, The Rise of American Airpower, 130.
 Sherry, The Rise of American Airpower, 131.
 Dwight Eisenhower, Mandate for Change (New York: Doubleday, 1963), 380.
 “Ike on Ike,” Newsweek, November 11, 1963. See also, Timothy P. Carney, “‘It wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing’ — Why dropping the A-Bombs was wrong,” The Washington Examiner, August 8, 2013, https://wwwwashingtonexaminer.com/it-wasnt-necessary-to-hit-them-with-that-awful-thing-why-dropping-the-a-bombs-was-wrong; and “Hiroshima: Who Disagreed with the Atomic Bombing?” http://www.doug-long.com/quotes.htm.
 Haulman, “Firebombing Air Raids on Cities at Night,” 41. According to Haulman, between November 1944 and August 1945, the Army Air Forces dropped 856,598 individual and 360,826 cluster firebombs on Japan, for a total of 1,273,115 incendiary bombs unleased on urban areas. More than 16,000 bomber sorties dropped 194,930 tons of bombs on Japan, and most of these were incendiary weapons. They destroyed 56.30 square miles of Tokyo, or half of the city.
 Admiral William D. Leahy, I Was There (New York: McGraw Hill, 1950), 441. General Haywood Hansell, who had been the commander of the 21st bomber command prior to Gen. Curtis LeMay, believed that the U.S. could have won the war without an invasion, without saturation bombing of cities, and without the use of nuclear weapons. He constructed a scenario in his book, Strategic Air War against Japan (Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Air War College, Airpower Research Institute, 1980), in which more training of U.S. pilots, better use of radar, and more strategic bombing focus could have sealed Japan’s fate. He estimated that the Japan’s military capacity could have been nullified with 18,500 sorties, which was 7,900 less than the number that the 21st Bomber Command actually flew from November 1944 to August 1945. Cited in Griffith, The Quest, 202.
 Stimson memorandum to The President, “Proposed Program for Japan,” 2 July 1945, Top Secret, pp. 3-6 (Source: Naval Aide to the President Files, box 4, Berlin Conference File, Volume XI – Miscellaneous papers: Japan, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library), National Security Archive Briefing Book #716, https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/documents/atomic-bomb-end-world-war-ii/033.pdf.
 Manchester, American Caesar, 512; and Peter Kuznick, “The Atomic Bomb Didn’t End the War,” U.S. News & World Report, May 27, 2016, https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-05-27/its-time-to-confront-painful-truths-about-using-the-atomic-bombs-on-japan. For a collection of relevant primary sources, see William Burr, ed., “The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II,” National Security Archive Briefing Book #716, August 4, 2020. Walter Trohan, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, reported that two days before President Roosevelt left for the Yalta conference with Churchill and Stalin in early February 1945, he was shown a forty-page memorandum drafted by General MacArthur outlining a Japanese offer for surrender almost identical with the terms later concluded by President Truman. Trohan related that he was given a copy of this communication by Admiral William Leahy who swore him to secrecy with the pledge not to release the story until the war was over. Trohan honored his pledge and reported his story in the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Times-Herald on August 19, 1945. Cited in John J. McClaughlin, “The Bomb Was Not Necessary,” History News Network, http://hnn.us/articles/129964.html; and Harry Elmer Barnes, “Hiroshima: Assault on a Beaten Foe,” National Review, May 10, 1958, 441-443. Barnes said that the Trohan article was never challenged by the White House or the State Department, and that after MacArthur returned from Korea in 1951, his neighbor in the Waldorf Towers, former President Hoover, took the Trohan article to MacArthur and the latter confirmed its accuracy in every detail.
 Richard Norton Smith, An Uncommon Man: The Triumph of Herbert Hoover (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984), 347.
 Marc Gallicchio, “Unconditional Surrender: The Domestic Politics of Victory in the Pacific,” History News Network, https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/176760.
 “Szilard Petition,” Atomic Heritage Foundation, https://www.atomicheritage.org/key-documents/szilard-petition; and Peter J. Kuznick, “The Decision to Risk the Future: Harry Truman, the Atomic Bomb and the Apocalyptic Narrative,” The Asia Pacific Journal, July 23, 2007, https://apjjf.org/-Peter-J.-Kuznick/2479/article.html
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 “Potsdam Declaration,” Atomic Heritage Foundation, https://www.atomicheritage.org/key-documents/potsdam-declaration.
 Gar Alperovitz, Robert L. Messer and Barton J. Bernstein, “Marshall, Truman, and the Decision to Drop the Bomb,” International Security, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Winter, 1991-1992), 210-11.
 Walker, “Recent Literature on Truman’s Atomic Bomb Decision,” 322; and Alperovitz, Messer, Bernstein, “Marshall, Truman, and the Decision to Drop the Bomb, 208.
 Katie Lange, “The Enola Gay’s History Lives On,” Dept. of Defense News, August 14, 2020, https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Inside-DOD/Blog/Article/2279986/the-enola-gays-history-lives-on.
 Gregory A. Johnson, “An Apocalyptic Moment: Mackenzie King and the Bomb,” 1997, https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/58775398.pdf; Robert Trumbull, “Canadian Chief’s ’45 Diary: Hiroshima Spared Whites,” New York Times, January 3, 1976, https://www.nytimes.com/1976/01/03/archives/canadian-chiefs-45-diary-hiroshima-spared-whites.html; and “Harry S. Truman’s Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb,” Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, Manhattan Project National Historic Park, https://www.nps.gov/articles/trumanatomicbomb.htm.
 Alex Wellerstein, “Counting the Dead at Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, August 4, 2020, https://thebulletin.org/2020/08/counting-the-dead-at-hiroshima-and-nagasaki.
 See Bruce Cumings, “American Airpower and Nuclear Strategy in Northeast Asia Since 1945,” in Mark Selden and Alvin Y. So, eds., War and State Terrorism: The United States, Japan, and the Asia-Pacific in the Long Twentieth Century (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), 63-91.
 President Harry S. Truman, “August 9, 1945: Radio Report to the American People on the Potsdam Conference,” University of Virginia Miller Center Presidential Speeches, https://millercenter.org/the-presidency/presidential-speeches/august-9-1945-radio-report-american-people-potsdam-conference.
 Peter Kuznick, “Atomic Bombings at 75: Truman’s ‘Human Sacrifice’ to Subdue Moscow,” Consortium News, August 3, 2020.
 Susan Southard, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War (New York: Penguin Books, 2016).
 David Dean Barrett, “The Atomic Bomb, War Room Intrigue and Emperor Hirohito’s Decision to Surrender,” History News Network, https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/174871.
 “Emperor Hirohito, Accepting the Potsdam Declaration, Radio Broadcast; Transmitted by Domei and Recorded by the Federal Communications Commission, 14 August 1945,” https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/hirohito.htm. Japan’s surrender document maintained the emperor as follows: In the second paragraph, it read: “We hereby proclaim the unconditional surrender to the Allied Powers of the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters and of all Japanese armed forces . . . .” In the 6th paragraph, it read: “We hereby undertake for the Emperor, the Japanese Government and their successors to carry out the provisions of the Potsdam Declaration in good faith, and to issue whatever orders and take whatever action may be required by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers or by any other designated representative of the Allied Powers . . .” See Plate 132, https://history.army.mil/books/wwii/MacArthur%20Reports/MacArthur%20V1/ch14.htm.
 The claim was made by Truman, Winston Churchill, and Henry Stimson in their memoirs, and was generally promoted by Truman’s defenders in the public arena. As noted by the historian Rufus E. Miles, the “mass of data presented by the [U.S. Strategic Bombing] Survey and its conclusions are simply not compatible with the clear implication of these men that without the use of the atomic bombs as many as a million American casualties or, alternatively, a half-million deaths might have had to be paid in battles in the heartland of Japan.” Miles, “Hiroshima: The Strange Myth of Half a Million American Lives Saved,” 131. See also, Barton J. Bernstein, “Reconsidering Truman’s claim of ‘half a million American lives’ saved by the atomic bomb: The construction and deconstruction of a myth,” Journal of Strategi Studies, Vol. 22, Issue 1 (1999).
 Walker, “Recent Literature on Truman’s Atomic Bomb Decision,” 315.
 The United States Strategi Bombing Survey: The Effects of Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, June 30, 1946 (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1946), 22.
 Paul Fussell, Thank God for the Atom Bomb, rev ed. (New York: Blackstone, 1994), 114. See also Robert Jay Lifton and Greg Mitchell, Hiroshima and America: A Half Century of Denial (New York: Harper Collins, 1996).
 Lifton and Mitchell, Hiroshima in America, 33.
 Wittner, Rebels Against War, 106. No poll in late 1945 ever revealed more than 4.5% of the respondents opposed to the use of atomic bombs under any circumstances. According to J. Samuel Walker, in Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016), chapter 3, American antagonism toward the Japanese appeared to increase over the course of the war as atrocity after atrocity was revealed in the U.S. press. After Pearl Harbor, there were reports of the rape and murder of nuns in Hong Kong, the grotesque mistreatment of American prisoners on Bataan, the fanaticism of Japanese defenders on Pacific islands, and the execution in April 1943 of three American pilots involved in the Doolittle raids. In May 1945 the War Department released photographs and reports of Japanese executions of American servicemen. One photograph showed a Japanese soldier with a raised sword prepared to decapitate a kneeling, blindfolded prisoner (later identified as an Australian). The effect of such news releases was to mitigate any public concern for the wholesale firebombing of Japanese cities, the civilian deaths of which were much greater in number.
 “Notes on the Initial Meeting of the Target Committee [held April 27m 1945],” (2 May 1945), in Correspondence (“Top Secret”) of the Manhattan Engineer District, 1942-1946, microfilm publication M1109 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1980), Roll 1, Target 6, Folder 5D, “Selection of Targets”; cited in Alex Wellerstein, “The Kyoto misconception,” The Nuclear Secrecy Blog, August 8, 2014, http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2014/08/08/kyoto-misconception/#footnote_0_5267.
 President Harry S. Truman, “August 9, 1945: Radio Report to the American People on the Potsdam Conference,” University of Virginia Miller Center Presidential Speeches, https://millercenter.org/the-presidency/presidential-speeches/august-9-1945-radio-report-american-people-potsdam-conference.
 W. H. Lawrence, “No Radioactivity in Hiroshima Ruin,” New York Times, September 13, 1945, page 1.
 Tom Heenan, From Traveler to Traitor: The Life of Wilfred Burchett (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2006), 11, 4.
 “Wilfred Burchett: The Atomic Plague,” Fair Observer, August 27, 2014, https://www.fairobserver.com/region/north_america/wilfred-burchett-atomic-plague-99732. Burchett had written articles glorifying the firebombing of Japanese cities but after witnessing the atomic attacks, he became a lifelong pacifist and communist sympathizer who wrote anti-war books about the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Burchett’s report echoed Japanese journalists. He wrote in one report: “Beyond the zone of utter death in which nothing remained alive, houses collapsed in a swirl of bricks and girders. Up to about three miles from the center of the explosion, lightly built houses were flattened as though they had been built of cardboard. Those who were inside were either killed or managed to extricate themselves by some miracle, found themselves surrounded by fire. And the few who succeeded in making their way to safety generally died about twenty days later from the depraved effects of the deadly gamma rays.” In Costello, The Pacific War, 1941-1945, 591.
 “Wilfred Burchett: The Atomic Plague,” Fair Observer, August 27, 2014, pp. 7-8, https://www.fairobserver.com/region/north_america/wilfred-burchett-atomic-plague-99732. Thirty-eight years later, in a book entitled Shadows of Hiroshima (London: Verso, 1983), Burchett wrote that even he had “failed to grasp the full extent of the crimes committed at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and underestimated the extent and persistence of the official coverup of the reasons for dropping the bomb and the long-term effects on survivors.” A study by Japanese doctors at Yamaguchi University found that one fourth of children born to hibakusha had birth defects. Leukemia and cancer rates were also extraordinarily high for people living near the site of the blast. Burchett also recalled that after his reporting he was isolated from his colleagues and whisked off to a military hospital and had his camera with rolls of film of the devastation stolen. His colleague George Weller of the Chicago Daily News told him years later about how stories he filed from Nagasaki were censored by General Douglas MacArthur and never published. “The total accumulation of lies, half-truths and manipulated public opinion,” Burchett wrote, “makes the Watergate affair look like small change.” Burchett, Shadows of Hiroshima, 7, 8, 61, 65.
 Fleming, The Cold War and Its Origins, 1917-1960, 391, 397-99; and Lawrence S. Wittner, Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009), 13. See also, Lawrence Wittner, “Review: Lesley Blume’s ‘Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World,'” History News Network, May 30, 2021, https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/180389.
 Alperovitz, Messer and Bernstein, “Marshall, Truman, and the Decision to Drop the Bomb,” 212. See also, Gar Alperovitz, Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam: The Use of the Atomic Bomb and the American Confrontation with Soviet Power (New York: Vintage Press, 1965); and Gar Alperovitz, The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth (New York: Knopf, 1995).
 Rob Edwards, “Hiroshima bomb may have carried hidden agenda,” New Scientist, July 21, 2005, https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn7706-hiroshima-bomb-may-have-carried-hidden-agenda. J. Samuel Walker identified another reason for Truman’s sense of urgency to bring an end to the war, namely that Americans were still being killed in the war. In the month of July 1945, “although there were no battle fronts at that time, 775 soldiers were killed in action and another 2,458 died from causes other than combat.” Walker, “Recent Literature on Truman’s Atomic Bomb Decision,” 327.
 James V. Forrestal, The Forrestal Diaries (New York: Viking, 1951), 78, cited in Alperovitz, Messer and Bernstein, “Marshall, Truman, and the Decision to Drop the Bomb,” 213.
 Alperovitz, Messer and Bernstein, “Marshall, Truman, and the Decision to Drop the Bomb,” 212-13; and Paul Ham, “Did the Atomic Bomb End the Pacific War? – Part 1,” History News Network, August 2, 2020, https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/176631. See also, Paul Ham, Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath (New York: Picador, 2015).
 Walker, “Recent Literature on Truman’s Atomic Bomb Decision, 333-34, 329.
 Jennifer Wright, “Exhibiting the Enola Gay,” Smithsonian Institution Archives, June 25, 2020, https://siarchives.si.edu/blog/exhibiting-enola-gay; and Kuznick, “The Decision to Risk the Future.”
 “Text of President Obama’s Speech in Hiroshima, Japan,” The New York Times, May 27, 2016.
 John Reed, “Surrounded: How the U.S. is Encircling China with Military Bases,” Foreign Policy, August 20, 2013.
 Hibakusha Stories, http://www.hibakushastories.org.
 Jeremy Kuzmarov, “Hibakusha Serve as a Voice of Conscience in Our Troubled World,” The Huffington Post, November 18, 2017, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/hibakusha-serve-as-a-voic_b_13049658.
 Robert Jay Lifton, Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima (New York: Vintage Books, 1967). Many women feared the contamination of their offspring and never married or committed suicide. Others faced discrimination in the workplace.
 Lorrie Grant, “Enola Gay Pilot Paul Tibbits, 92, Dies,” National Public Radio, November 1, 2007, https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15858203 Prior to the Enola Gay, Tibbits had flown forty combat missions over the Third Reich.
 Lifton and Mitchell, Hiroshima in America, 235; Claude Eatherly, Burning Conscience: The Case of the Hiroshima Pilot, Claude Eatherly, told in his letters to Gunther Anders, with a postscript for American Readers by Anders, preface by Bertrand Russell and foreword by Robert Jungk (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1961). See also Anne I. Harrington, “’I Asked Them to Forgive Me’: The Remorseful Hiroshima Pilot,” The New York Times, September 6, 2020, Special Section on World War II, 9.
 Burchett, Shadows of Hiroshima, 97.
 John W. Chambers, II, ed. The Oxford Companion to American Military History (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 849.
 “Post Traumatic Stress Awareness Month,” The National WWII Museum,” June 27, 2020, https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/post-traumatic-stress-awareness-month.
 Polenberg, War and Society, 38.
 “1941: The Atlantic Charter,” The Avalon Project, https://avalon.law.yale.edu/wwii/atlantic.asp.
 Franklin D. Roosevelt, “State of the Union Address,” January 6, 1942, The American Presidency Project, https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/state-the-union-address-1.
 Henry A. Wallace, “The Century of the Common Man,” speech delivered May 8, 1942, Grand Ballroom , Commodore Hotel, New York, https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/henrywallacefreeworldassoc.htm.
 For a critical review of the development of the freedom and democracy theme by the Woodrow Wilson administration, see Section IV of Charles F. Howlett, Jeremy Kuzmarov, and Roger Peace, “United States Participation in World War One,” United States Foreign Policy History and Resource Guide website, 2018, http://peacehistory-usfp.org/ww1. For a review of the extension and exploitation of freedom and democracy ideals in the Cold War, see Section II of Roger Peace, “Cold War interventionism, 1945-1990,” United States Foreign Policy History and Resource Guide website, 2019, http://peacehistory-usfp.org/cold-war.
 Richard Polenberg, “The Good War? A Reappraisal of How World War II Affected American Society,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 100, no. 3 (1992), 301. See also, Allan M. Winkler, The Politics of Propaganda: The Office of War Information, 1942-1945 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978).
 “June 13, 1942: The Office of War Information is Created,” The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, http://www.nww2m.com/2012/06/june-13-1942-the-office-of-war-information-is-created.
 “War at Home,” A Spirit of Sacrifice, New York State in the First World War, New York State Museum & Archives, https://exhibitions.nysm.nysed.gov/WWI/phone/war-at-home.html; and New York Times, June 14, 1942, cited in Polenberg, War and Society, 41-42. See also, Michaela Hoenicke-Moore, Know Your Enemy: The American Debate on Nazism, 1933-1945 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
 “Background to Japanese American Relocation”; and “Japanese in Hawaii & the Buildup to War,” MIS: America’s Secret Weapon: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service in World War II, http://www.misveteranshawaii.com/japanese-in-hawaii-the-buildup-to-war.
 Polenberg, War and Society, 41. Out of a U.S. population of 132 million in 1940, 12.2 million Americans were either born in Germany or had at least one parent from that country.
 Elly Farelly, “The Internment Camps of Germans in America During WW2,” War History Online, January 26, 2019, https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/internment-of-germans.html; and Karen E. Ebel, “German-American Internees in the United States during WWII,” Traces Museum, 2005, https://web.archive.org/web/20160226041449/http://www.traces.org/germaninternees.html. See also, Max Paul Friedman, Nazis & Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign Against the Germans of Latin America in World War II (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003). The U.S. government arranged for 4,058 Germans, 2,264 Japanese, and 288 Italians to be deported from Latin America and interned in the U.S. during World War II.
 Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States (New York: Harpercollins, 1980), 416; and Richard Reeves, Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II (New York: Henry Holt, 2015), 18, 19, 34. Clark quoted in William Manchester, The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932-1972 (Boston: Little & Brown, 1974).
 Polenberg, War and Society, 62-63.
 Reeves, Infamy, 75.
 Brewer, Why America Fights, 109-110. On prejudice against Japanese immigrants in America, see “Background to Japanese American Relocation,” https://www.cwu.edu/geography/sites/cts.cwu.edu.geography/files/chapter2backgroundtorelocation.pdf.
 Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, 416; Brian Masaru Hayashi, Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese-American Internment (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004); Roger Daniels, The Decision to Relocate the Japanese-Americans (Malabar, Florida: Robert E. Krieger Publishing Company, 1986), 57.
 Stephanie Reitzig, “’By the Code of Humanity:” Ralph Carr Takes a Stand for Japanese-American Rights in World War II,” The History Teacher, 51, 1 (November 2017), 105; Adam Schräger, The Principled Politician: The Ralph Carr Story (Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 2008; and “Governor Ralph L. Carr – Denver, CO – Statues of Historic Figures on Waymarking.com,” https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMFEAT_Governor_Ralph_L_Carr_Denver_CO. Carr halted a bill which would have revoked Japanese-American citizenship in Colorado.
 Hayashi, Democratizing the Enemy, 2; Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 329; and Reeves, Infamy, 99.
 “Japanese Americans in military during World War II,” Densho Encyclopedia, https://encyclopedia.densho.org/Japanese_Americans_in_military_during_World_War_II; and “Patriotism and Prejudice: Japanese Americans and World War II,” National Park Service, https://www.nps.gov/articles/patriotism-prejudice-japanese-americans.htm.
 “Civil Liberties Act of 1988,” Densho Encyclopedia, https://encyclopedia.densho.org/Civil_Liberties_Act_of_1988.
 Polenberg, War and Society, 5-6, 8-11.
 Polenberg, War and Society, 12-13, 155.
 Gerhard Peters, “Federal Budget Receipts and Outlays,” The American Presidency Project, https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/statistics/data/federal-budget-receipts-and-outlays.
 Polenberg, War and Society, 11, 18, 140.
 Vannevar Bush, Modern Arms and Free Men (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1949); James P. Baxter III, Scientists Against Time (Boston: Little & Brown, 1946); Robert Buderi, The Invention That Changed the World: How a Small Group of Radar Pioneers Won the Second World War and Launched a Technical Revolution (New York: Touchstone, 1998); William B. Breuer, Devil Boats: The PT War Against Japan (Novato, CA: Presidio, 1987); Bergerud, Touched with Fire, 372. World War II also saw amazing advances in military medicine including in antimalarial drugs and penicillin. There were also new innovations in insecticides such as DDT and rodenticides. The flamethrowers were so powerful they would give off intense heat which burned off the eyebrows of its handler.
 Spector, Eagle Against the Sun, 488; and Bradley, Flyboys, 264.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 221.
 “Rosie the Riveter,” History.com, April 23, 2010, https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/rosie-the-riveter.
 Department of Veterans Affairs, “World War II Veterans by the Numbers,” (Office of Public Affairs Fact Sheet), http://dig.abclocal.go.com/ktrk/ktrk_120710_WWIIvetsfactsheet.pdf; and Polenberg, War and Society, 158, 139.
 Polenberg, War and Society, 133-35.
 Polenberg, War and Society, 102.
 Wittner, Rebels Against War, 112; and Polenberg, War and Society, 128-29.
 August Meier and Elliott Rudwick, “The Origins of Non-violent Direct Action in Afro-American Protest: A Note on Historical Discontinuities,” in Meier & Rudwick, Along the Color Line: Explorations in the Black Experience (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1976), 344-89. See also, Scott Bennett, “World War II: Antiwar Movement,” in Michael K. Hall, ed., Opposition to War: An Encyclopedia of U.S. Peace and Antiwar Movements, vol. 2 (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2018), 96-98; and Chatfield, The American Peace Movement, 83-87.
 Polenberg, War and Society, 123-24, quoting Stimson’s diary entry on January 24, 1942.
 Polenberg, War and Society, 126.
 Welch, “American Opinion Toward Jews During the Nazi Era,” 8.
 “Edward R. Murrow,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/edward-r-murrow.
 Robert N. Rosen, Saving the Jews: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Holocaust (New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006). For a review of debates on FDR’s policies, see Rafael Medoff, “New Perspectives on How America, and American Jewry, Responded to the Holocaust.” American Jewish History 84, no. 3 (1996): 253-66.
 Quoted in Richard Breitman and Alan Kraut, American Refugee Policy and European Jewry, 1933–1945 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987), 189; cited in “A Report on the Murder of Jews,” Facing History and Ourselves (Chapter 9), https://www.facinghistory.org/holocaust-and-human-behavior/chapter-9/report-murder-jews.
 Kennedy, The American People in World War II, 369-71.
 Bennett, “World War II: Antiwar Movement,” 759, 760.
 Manchester, Goodbye Darkness, 290, 291.
 Wittner, Rebels Against War, 35; Murray Polner and Thomas E. Woods, Jr., eds., We Who Dared Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now (New York: Perseus Books, 2008), 165, 167. Some of the opponents of the war were anti-New Deal conservatives and political reactionaries. Oklahoma’s former Governor “Alfalfa’ Bill Murray (1930-1934), who had supported World War I and military intervention in Mexico as a congressman in the 1910s, opposed American entry into World War II on the grounds that such action was being advocated by “Jews and Communists.” These views echoed right-wing anti-Semites like Father Charles Coughlin, who denounced U.S. intervention in World War II because Jews had allegedly planned the war for their own benefit. Keith L. Bryant Jr. Alfalfa Bill Murray (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968), 267; “Charles E. Coughlin, Holocaust Encyclopedia,” https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/charles-e-coughlin. The American Socialist party was divided over the war and adopted a compromise at its 1942 convention in Milwaukee permitting both positions. After the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, the American Communist Party began distributing Elizabeth Gurley Flynn’s pamphlet, I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier – for Wall Street, which warned about the sleepless nights that were to be the lot of American mothers should their sons be sent to Europe’s trenches to be “bombed from the skies, torn by shrapnel, maimed, wounded, crippled, gassed with deadly fumes, shell-shocked or killed outright.” She advised the mothers further to visit local veteran hospitals to see the “poor, twisted wrecks of humanity” left from the last war. After Belgium and Holland were conquered, the Communist Daily Worker insisted “this is not our war” and blamed “imperialist bandits” on both sides for “turning the world into a madhouse of murder.” The American Communist Party dramatically switched positions after Hitler’s launching of the Operation Barbarossa and rallied support for Soviet-American cooperation. At a large rally in Madison Square Garden in July 1941, the Communist Party leadership called for the defeat of what it termed “Hitler’s friends in the United States, the Lindberghs, Hoovers, Wheelers, Norman Thomases, and all other appeasing Munich-men.” The Trotskyist sect within the communist movement took a different stand. It dismissed all the capitalist powers as imperialist and rejected communist participation with bourgeois political parties in an anti-fascist front. Wittner, Rebels Against War; Isserman, Which Side Were You On? 33, 63, 65, 181, 183; Gerber, An American First, 130; Manfred Jonas, Isolationism in America, 1935-1941 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1966), 40, 41; Irving Howe, Leon Trotsky (New York: The Viking Press, 1978), 183. Trotsky adhered to the Lenninist view of imperialist war, which in 1914-1917 had told the European working class that it had no stake in either side, the Kaiser’s or that of the Western bourgeoisie and the Tsar.
 Wittner, Rebels Against War, 36. Anti-interventionists such as Charles Lindbergh were subjected to FBI surveillance and smear campaigns directed against them by high-level government officials. The FBI amassed a bulky file on Lindbergh’s statements, foreign connections and finances, and tapped his telephone. The IRS also investigated his finances and those of other anti-interventionists. Walter L. Hixson, Charles A. Lindbergh: Lone Eagle, 3rd, ed. (New York: Pearson, 2007), 115, 116.
 Wittner, Rebels Against War, 101.
 See Mulford Q. Sibley and Philip E. Jacob, Conscription of Conscience: The American State and the Conscientious Objector, 1940-1947 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1952); Steve McQuiddy, Here on the Edge (Corvalis: Oregon State University Press, 2013); and Wittner, Rebels Against War, 62-96. Psychological studies found that COs tended to be idealists and radicals with high levels of intelligence and educational achievement, and were more interested in artistic and social service occupations than business, as compared to non-pacifists of comparable age. Wittner, Rebels Against War, 48.
 Jim Peck, We Who Would Not Kill (New York: Lyle Stuart, 1958), 60, 61.
 Brian D. Haley, “Ammon Hennacy and the Hopi Traditionalist Movement: Roots of the Counterculture’s Favorite Indians,” Journal of the Southwest 58, 1 (Spring 2016), 146-47; and Frank Waters, Book of the Hopi (New York: Vintage Books, 1963). Not all who were arrested for draft resistance were COs. In September 1942, in a series of raids, federal agents in Chicago arrested 85 African Americans, charging twelve with sedition and the remainder with draft evasion. Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, was among those charged with sedition for voicing his support for Japan as a champion of the darker races against Western colonialism. According to one member of the Allah Temple of Islam, “the time has come when the white devils will be destroyed by the dark mankind.” Ernest Allen Jr., “’When Japan Was Champion of the Darker Races’: Satokata Takahashi and the Flowering of Black Messianic Nationalism,” The Black Scholar, 24, 1 (Winter 1994), 24.
 Michael Young, “Facing a Test of Faith: Jewish Pacifists During the Second World War,” Peace & Change, Vol. 3, nos. 2 & 3 (Summer/Fall 1975), 34-40.
 Andrew Hunt, David Dellinger: The Life and Times of a Nonviolent Revolutionary New York: NYU Press, 2006), 65; and David Dellinger, “Statement on Entering Prison,” in Marc Favreau, ed., A People’s History of World War II (New York: The New Press, 2011), 123. See also, Jim Peck, We Who Would Not Kill (New York: Lyle Stuart, 1958), 60, 61. Dellinger went on to become famous as one of the coordinators of the 1968 anti-Vietnam War protest outside the Democratic Party National convention in Chicago. In 1943, he wrote down his thoughts about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in an unpublished paper, arguing that the U.S. had broken the Japanese code and “knew in advance where and when the Japanese attack would take place.” David Dellinger, Revolutionary Nonviolence (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1971), 7-16.
 Evan Thomas and Muste statement, November 14, 1940, series A-3, box 12, folder 7, FOR Records, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, cited in Danielson, “Christianity, Dissent, and the Cold War,” 653. See also, Nicole Rhoton, “World War II Resisters: Creating Communities of Resistance in Prison,” Peace & Change, Vol. 36, No. 2 (April 2011): 191-217.
 Sibley and Jacob, Conscription of Conscience; Bennett, “World War II: Antiwar Movement,” 764: and Scott H. Bennett, Radical Pacifism: The War Resisters League and Gandhian Nonviolence in America, 1915-1963 (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2003), 79-88.
 “Bayard Rustin, the First ‘Freedom Rides,’ and Prison,” Prison Culture, March 28, 2013, https://www.usprisonculture.com/blog/2013/03/28/bayard-rustin-the-first-freedom-rides-and-prison; and John D’Emilio, “Before Montgomery: Bayard Rustin and the Fight for Racial Justice During World War II,” National WWII Museum, February 26, 2021, https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/bayard-rustin-racial-justice-world-war-ii.
 Wittner, Rebels Against War, 60.
 Budiansky, Air Power, 320.
 Vera Brittain, “Massacre by Bombing,” Fellowship (March 1944), John Nevin Sayre Papers, Swarthmore College Peace Collection.
 “Massacre by Bombing,” New York Times, March 8, 1944, page 18. See also, Grayling, Among the Dead Cities, 200-202; and Schaffer, “American Military Ethics in World War II,” 323. Even thoughtful journals like The New Republic and The Nation were against Brittain’s stand arguing that all means were necessary to win the war. Well known journalist William Shirer characterized Brittain as a mouthpiece of Nazi propaganda. Eleanor Roosevelt responded to Brittain by proclaiming that her pamphlet was “sentimental nonsense.” In Britain, George Orwell attacked the pamphlet in The Tribune, suggesting that the 6 or 7,000 German children killed to date was less than the number killed in road accidents in the same period. Later after working as a war correspondent in Germany and witnessing the carnage first hand, he changed his mind and condemned the inhumanity of the bombing, writing that “to walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.” For all the hate mail she received, Brittain received a sympathetic note from one of the pioneers of air power, Basil Liddel Hart, who expressed profound respect for Brittain’s courage in “upholding the claims of human decency in a time when war fever is raging.”
 Schaffer, “American Military Ethics in World War II,” 323.
 Leilah Danielson, “Christianity, Dissent, and the Cold War: A. J. Muste’s Challenge to Realism and U.S. Empire,” Diplomatic History 30, no. 4 (2006), 654, 652; and Leilah Danielson, American Gandhi: A.J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the Twentieth Century (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), 242-43. In a letter to Albert Einstein, Muste pointed out that moral and social development had not kept pace with technological advance and that this cleavage would be “healed by the scientist who becomes a prophet; that is a man who assumes responsibility for what he creates and what is done with it and whose words and actions are in true accord” (p. 246). See also, Charles F. Howlett, “A. J. Muste: The 20th Century’s Most Famous U.S. Pacifist,” April 1, 2005, Friends Journal, https://www.friendsjournal.org/j-muste-20th-centurys-most-famous-u-s-pacifist.
 Paul Boyer, By the Bomb’s Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1994), 234.
 Danielson, American Gandhi, 243.
 Jeremy Kuzmarov, “Hey Hey General Mackymacker, Ho, Ho Mr. Lovitt:” Woody Guthrie’s Forgotten Dissent from the Atomic Bomb to the Korean War,” The Asia Pacific Journal, April 1, Volume 16, No. 7, 2018, https://apjjf.org/2018/07/Kuzmarov.html.
 Kuzmarov, “Hey Hey General Mackymacker, Ho, Ho Mr. Lovitt.” A copy of Guthrie’s song is available at the Woody Guthrie archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
 “United Nations Charter,” https://www.un.org/en/about-us/un-charter/full-text.
 As far back as 1828, the American Peace Society had called for a “Congress and High Court of Nations.” During the Great War, the Women’s Peace Party, among others, pushed the idea of a league of nations before President Woodrow Wilson adopted it and turned it into a justification for U.S. entry into the war. See Charles DeBenedetti, The Peace Reform in American History (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980), 45-46. For WWI background, see Charles F. Howlett, Jeremy Kuzmarov, and Roger Peace, “United States Participation in World War One,” United States Foreign Policy History and Resource Guide, 2018, http://peacehistory-usfp.org/ww1.
 Henry R. Luce, “The American Century,” Life, February 17, 1941; reprinted in Diplomatic History 23, no. 2 (Spring 1999): 159-171; available online: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mlassite/discussions261/luce.pdf. For background on Luce, see Alan Brinkley, The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century (New York: Knopf, 2010). One critic, journalist Max Lerner, denounced Luce’s essay for promoting “capitalist imperialism” and using “democratic” as a surrogate for U.S. power. Andrew Buchanan, in “Domesticating Hegemony: Creating a Globalist Public, 1941-1943,” Diplomatic History, Vol. 45. No. 2 (2021), 209.
 Wallace, “The Century of the Common Man.”
 Donald W. White, “The ‘American Century’ in World History,” Journal of World History 3, no. 1 (1992), 120-21, 125.
 White, “The ‘American Century’ in World History,” 125. The letter from Wallace to Luce is dated May 16, 1942.
 Buchanan, “Domesticating Hegemony,” 327. Taft made his comments in May 1943.
 Buchanan, “Domesticating Hegemony,” 310-19.
 Buchanan, “Domesticating Hegemony,” 317.
 Danielson, American Gandhi, 232, 242. See also, David McNair, “War is Not an Accident: A Profile of Radical Pacifist A.J. Muste,” The Rutherford Institute, October 21, 2002, https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/oldspeak/war_is_not_an_accident_a_profile_of_radical_pacifist_aj_muste. According to Petra Goedde in The Politics of Peace: A Global Cold War History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019), p. 6: “The war [WWII] gave rise to a new system of international cooperation, as illustrated by the creation of the United Nations, the Declaration of Human Rights, and a host of other international economic, financial, and cultural organizations and agreements in the service of peace and understanding. Nevertheless, the proliferation of these institutions did not eliminate the system of spheres of influence that had brought about World War I. That system became much more rigid and absolutist than any of the nineteenth-century political and military alliances had been. The idealism and optimism that produced the United Nations soon became buried under the increasingly tense and confrontational tone of the political exchanges among the four powers charged with determining the future of Germany and Central Europe.”
 See U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “World War II Veterans by the Numbers,” http://dig.abclocal.go.com/ktrk/ktrk_120710_WWIIvetsfactsheet.pdf. Figures from Stalingrad from Antony Beevor in Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 (1998), cited in “Death Tolls for the Man-made Megadeaths of the 20th Century,” https://necrometrics.com/battles.htm.
 Pauwels, The Myth of the Good War, 91; Eric Margolis, “The Soviet Union Defeated Germany in World War II – Not the Western Forces,” The Unz Review, May 11, 2020, https://www.unz.com/emargolis/the-soviet-union-defeated-germany-in-world-war-ii-not-the-western-forces/;
 Wittner, Rebels Against War, 103.
 Wittner, Rebels Against War, 109.
 “The history of the European Union,” European Union (official website), https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/history_en.
 Quoted in Theodore McNelly, “The Renunciation of War in the Japanese Constitution,” Political Science Quarterly 77, no. 3 (1962), 353. The U.S. assumed responsibility for Japan’s national security and established a number of military bases in the country. This was a mixed blessing for Japan at best, as the warlike U.S. posture in the region along with actual wars in Korea and Vietnam did much to undermine cooperative relations in the region.
 While the “pacifist” constitution has been embraced by most Japanese, ardent nationalists have pushed to weaken or undo it. They have also used the Yushukan war museum to subtly counter international condemnation of Japanese aggression during World War II. The museum, for the most part, presents Japan as heroically defending itself against hostile outside forces and omits mention of atrocities committed by Japanese troops in Asia. See Howard W. French, “At a Military Museum, the Losers Write History,” New York Times, October 30, 2002; and Walter Hatch, “Bloody Memories: Affect and Effect of World War II Museums in China and Japan,” Peace and Change, 39:3 (July 2014): 366-95.
 See Jeremy Kuzmarov, Modernizing Repression: Police Training and Nation Building in the American Century (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012), chapter 3.
 Tim Weiner, “C.I.A. Spent Millions to Support Japanese Right in 50’s and 60’s,” New York Times, October 9, 1994. In the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. adopted a neutral policy toward Japan, allowing left and right factions to compete in elections without interference, but as the Cold War heated up, the U.S. reversed course and sided with Japan’s corporate elite despite the fact that they had aided and abetted Japan’s militaristic expansionism. According to the diplomatic historian Fintan Hoey, “Following the surrender U.S. authorities had lifted the ban on left-wing political parties and labor unions, imposed a liberal constitution and carried out a major program of land redistribution. However, in 1947 a planned general strike was banned by General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers. Plans to break up Japan’s large industrial combines, the zaibatsu, were shelved. Figures associated with Japan’s wartime government and bureaucracy, once purged as dangerous militarists, were now welcomed back into public life. Conversely, a ‘Red Purge’ was carried out against Communists and other leftists. H-Diplo Roundtable XXI-19 (Dec. 9, 2019), Review of Jennifer M. Miller, Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2019), https://hdiplo.org/to/RT21-19.
 Robert R. Holt, “Meeting Einstein’s challenge: New thinking about nuclear weapons,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 3, 2015, https://thebulletin.org/2015/04/meeting-einsteins-challenge-new-thinking-about-nuclear-weapons. Another famous quote attributed to Einstein: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
 Wittner, Rebels Against War, 102. There was disagreement among pacifists as to whether to support world government. Some favored it as the best practical means for reining in international aggression; some doubted that it could overcome mutual suspicions between the great powers, and would be manipulated by those powers; still others believed in grassroots, nonviolent social change activism as a prerequisite to a creating a new world order.
 Bill Chappell, “U.N. Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Takes Effect, Without the U.S. And Other Powers,” National Public Radio, January 22, 2021, https://www.npr.org/2021/01/22/959583731/u-n-treaty-banning-nuclear-weapons-takes-effect-without-the-u-s-and-others.
 For a brief review, see Richard Overy, “Making Justice at Nuremberg, 1945-1946,”BBC History, February 17, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/war_crimes_trials_01.shtml.
 G. M. Gilbert, The Psychology of Dictatorship (Ronald Press Co., 1950), 255, cited in Facing History and Ourselves, “Holocaust and Human Behavior,” 2017, https://www.facinghistory.org/holocaust-and-human-behavior/chapter-10/obeying-orders.
 James J. Martin, “Raphael Lemkin and the Invention of ‘Genocide’,” The Journal of Historical Review (Spring 1981): 19-34.
 “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948,” http://www.hrweb.org/legal/genocide.html. “Crimes against humanity” are defined as any systematic attack against a civilian population, including mass killings, forcible removal, enslavement, forcible removal, torture, and rape (Rome Statute, Article 7). “War crimes” include the wanton destruction of human settlements, the killing or maltreatment of prisoners-of-war, and other abuses during wartime (Rome Statute, Article 8). In 2010, the “crime of aggression” was added to Article 8 of the Rome Statute, applicable to both states and individuals, but enforcement provisions were still pending as of 2014. An “act of aggression” is defined as “the use of armed force by a State against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another State . . .” Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, http://www.icc-cpi.int/nr/rdonlyres/add16852-aee9-4757-abe7-9cdc7cf02886/283503/romestatuteng1.pdf. The ICC issued its first verdict in March 2012, successfully prosecuting Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga on charges of inducting child soldiers, a war crime, and sentencing him to fourteen years imprisonment. United Nations Treaty Collection, Chapter XVIII, Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court, https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=XVIII-10&chapter=18&lang=en.
 Melvyn Leffler, A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1992), 56.
 Melvyn P. Leffler, “The American Conception of National Security and the Beginning of the Cold War, 1945-1948,” The American Historical Review, 89, 2 (April 1984), 350.
 Andrew Bacevich, “V-E Day Plus 75: From a Moment of Victory to a Time of Pandemic,” May 5, 2020, TomDispatch, https://tomdispatch.com/andrew-bacevich-a-greatest-generation-we-are-not/#more. See also, Andrew Bacevich, “Will 2020 Finally Kill America’s War Fetish?” The New Republic, June 9, 2020, https://newrepublic.com/article/158092/will-2020-finally-kill-americas-war-fetish?