First of all the World Jewish Congress, representing 16 millions Jews at that time, 6 million of whom, where later killed, had set a policy, that the death chambers where to be destroyed. It doesnít matter how hotly it was debated in the meetings, it was democratically decided on policy. The WJC was not an organization in name only; it was in fact an organization of hundreds of Jewish local organizations that did in fact vote for the establishment of the WJC. Some have called the organization a government with out a country that is until the establishment of the state of Israel. By the way the Jewish agency was one of those organizations under the WJC umbrella. The WJC wanted help in destroying the gas chambers, they didnít care how that help was given. They asked for in order, a troop of paratroopers, or arms and ammunition for local Jewish resistance groups, or an air strike as a last resort. They were refused on all three counts. So we are not just talking about air strikes.
It should be noted that a Jewish resistance group on their own working with Russian prisoners of war, took over and cause the destruction of another death camp, Sobibůr. But the allies couldnít be bothered to help in the destruction of the ovens at Auschwitz. As to intelligence there were active Jewish agents in all three thousand camps, and active polish home army agents in the camps on polish soil and some in Germany itís self. All the intelligence was complete and up to date. The labor and death camp systems where extremely well infiltrated. What is more a group of Jews, steeling back some of the gold the Nazis stole from them, bride the guards imported explosives and blew up gas chamber number three at Auschwitz. All the Jews forced to work in the gas chamber, and property sheds, when it was blown, where either shot or burnt to death, by the Germans in reprisal.
It seems that you donít know what when on during what the Germans called a transport. To make it short a train of some one thousand Jews of all ages, and both sexes, would arrive at the Auschwitz railway station. After a cursory selection process where maybe one hundred would be selected to replace the dead slave labors. The remaining 900 or so would be taken directly to the Gas chambers, made to strip naked and then gassed. Six trains a day would be processed this way. A lot more then just gassing the new arrivals went on in support of the killings, but that is a much more gruesome story.
So with respect tell me how many lives were save by not bombing the gas chambers. While your contemplating that question chew on this.
When the Germanís retook the Sobibůr camp, which the Jews did not try to hold. The camp was blown up bulldozed and covered with trees, by the Germans to hide the evidence. Near the end of the war, with Russian troops approaching Auschwitz, the SS blew up the gas chambers-crematoria and marched some 60,000 inmates south in order to hide the evidence. On the Death March tens of thousands died, in the SS effort to hide the evidence. If the Allies had bombed the camp and publicized the camps existence, a clear message would have been sent to the Germans that they where found out and attempts to hide the evidence would not help. Maybe saving thousands from death on the numerous death marches that the SS embarked on to again hide the evidence. And Yes: there was an embargo on news stories about the death camps, so World War Two ďwouldnít look like a war to save the Jew,Ē (FDRís words.)
Polish History of Auschwitz, which by the way doesnít mention the Jews themselves blowing up gas chamber three. BUT thatís another story.
Oh and by the way I had a friend who flew against Ploiesti in a B24, and spent time in a luftstalag. Itís not the crewís fault that weird luck took out the lead navigator over the med. That the intelligence on the extent, and depth of the air defenses was piss poor. That German radar tracked them all the way in, and there was a sizable amount of German flown fighters. Over the target under some horrific circumstances those B24 crews, did some outstanding low level flying, so well in fact, that the Germans thought, that the precision crossing of the bomber streams was how it was planned, and timed.