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We often seem to think that the Holocaust was widely known and that is why everybody banded against the Nazis in a true Good vs Evil fight.

But watching a few WW2 documentaries (like WW2 in real time with Indy Neidell), and even at the point where the US joins the war, it seems that yes there are rumours of what is happening behind the german lines to the jews, but it is not widely known.

So when, in the war, does it become known that the Holocaust is going on? Is my presumption wrong and it was pretty much known from the start, or was that only discovered when the germans started losing ground and the allies just stumbled on the horror?

And by known I'm trying to ask where most of the public knew and it weighted in the balance of the public opinion about the war. I imagine a lot of diplomats knew pretty early on what was happening.

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    Rumors and facts are distinct concepts; anti-German exaggerations were ripe during and shortly after the first world war; as such, even upon hearing of it, most people might not have been necessarily inclined to also automatically believe it : this is an important observation to be made, to which, as one who lived during the Romanian anti-communist revolution, and its afferent rumor mill, I can fully attest; it took me days to be convinced of its mere existence, since it all sounded so bizarre; as for the various rumors surrounding it, some turned out to be true, while others did not.
    – Lucian
    Jul 10 '21 at 8:10