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Resisting GenocideThe Multiple Forms of Rescue$
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Jacques Semelin, Claire Andrieu, and Sarah Gensburger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333493

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.001.0001

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The BBC Hungarian Service and Rescue of Jews of Hungary, 1940–1945

The BBC Hungarian Service and Rescue of Jews of Hungary, 1940–1945

(p.313) 19 The BBC Hungarian Service and Rescue of Jews of Hungary, 1940–1945
Resisting Genocide

Frank Chalk

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the role played by the BBC in the rescue of Jews in Hungary during World War II. More specifically, it argues that the BBC only warned Hungarian Jews of the fate that awaited them once the deportations had begun. It also examines the reasons for the Allies' failure to use radio to broadcast early warnings to the Jews and to mobilise local rescuers in Hungary. Finally, it suggests that the lessons from the failure of the BBC Hungarian Service to assist in the rescue of Jews during the Holocaust also apply to the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda in 1994.

Keywords:   BBC, Jews, Hungary, World War II, Holocaust, Tutsi, genocide, Rwanda, Allies, radio

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