Four months passed between the horrifying news reaching the US and their public acknowledgment by the Allies. What took so long?Talkbacks (1) On September 2, 1942, a horrified Rabbi Stephen Wise passed on a message to the US State Department: The Nazi regime is planning to kill all European Jews. Astonishingly, not until December 17 did the Allies issue a statement condemning the “extermination.” Unknown to Wise, the State Department had received a similar message a month earlier, yet chose to disregard it, tagging it as a “fantastic” war rumor.