Was the international community aware of Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jews?

Dallas Morning News Covers Kristallnacht in Germany (November 11, 1938). Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Nazi Germany’s discrimination against and persecution of Jews in Germany and, after March 1938, Austria was carried out publicly and reported on in the international media by correspondents stationed in Germany. Those refugees fortunate enough to be allowed to leave Germany brought with them news of the realities of life for the Jews under the Nazi regime.

The November 1938 Kristallnacht pogrom was featured on the front pages of newspapers across the globe, often with photographs of burning synagogues. Also, there were numerous public demonstrations protesting against the Hitler regime’s antisemitism, beginning in March 1933 after Hitler came to power. By the end of 1938, the situation had clearly got so bad that the British government allowed the Kindertransport scheme to bring Jewish children to the United Kingdom.