Canadian Jewish News

The N.Y. Times downplayed the Holocaust


America’s greatest daily newspaper, The New York Times, fell short of the mark in its coverage of the Holocaust and the events leading up to it. This is not exactly hot-off-the-press news. The critique has been bruited about for many years. But with the publication of Laurel Leff’s Buried by The Times (Cambridge University Press), an impassioned first-class work of research, no one will ever doubt its veracity.

Leff, a former reporter and editor, argues that the Times basically treated the persecution and murder of European Jews as a secondary story, never giving it the continuous attention or prominent play it deserved.

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