Hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives in the war in Europe, millions more European civilians were killed. Cultural monuments were destroyed and cities laid waste, including the baroque treasure of Dresden, and priceless works of art disappeared or were destroyed as Allied forces advanced on Berlin.
As the war drew to a close, Allied troops discovered camps where the Nazis killed political opponents, artists, intellectuals and one religious minority in particular by the millions.
But in the end, nearly six years after Einstein had warned Roosevelt about the threat of the first weapon of mass destruction, Hitler had no atomic bomb.
There remains today a lunatic fringe of revisionist historians who believe that the war in Europe was contrived by Jews, that the Holocaust is a hoax whose primary function is to extort money from innocent Europeans and land from innocent Palestinians, and that the true criminals of World War II were Churchill, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Truman, not Hitler, Tojo, Goebbels and Goering...
...To read the fallacious charges today about the war in Iraq is to re-read that history: that the war was foisted on the United States by a neo-conservative Jewish cabal; that President Bush is a puppet of the war Cabinet of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon; that the war was a diversion from the real threat posed by al-Qaida and from more pressing economic needs at home; that the destruction of buildings and artifacts has greater moral bearing than the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent people; and that the failure to find Saddam's weapons of mass destruction renders his removal from power immoral.