From Dr Richard Levy.

Sir, In “Holocaust rhetoric under fire” (March 21) you say that Benjamin Netanyahu held up a letter written by the World Jewish Congress in 1944 urging the US to bomb the concentration camp in Auschwitz.

The letter was written on August 8 or 9 by Leon Kubowitzki of the World Jewish Congress. In it, Kubowitzki does no more than pass on without endorsement a request for the bombing of Auschwitz from Ernest Frischer of the Czech government in exile in London. It is not an appeal from the World Jewish Congress. Kubowitzki himself made no secret of his opposition to the bombing of Auschwitz and this accounts for his failure to endorse the idea in the letter.

Israelis should be particularly cautious in assailing the Roosevelt administration for its failure to bomb Auschwitz. David Ben-Gurion and all but one of his colleagues on the Zionist executive are on record as opposing any request to the US to bomb Auschwitz. See the minutes of the meeting of June 11 1944. Is the US to be faulted for not doing what Mr Ben-Gurion and his colleagues did not wish to be done?

Richard Levy, Seattle, WA, US

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