Tuesday, 27 March 2007
The question is, was he wrong?
Uncovered: Churchill's warnings about the 'Hebrew bloodsuckers'
Unpublished article from 1937 suggests 'aloof' Jews to blame for antagonism towards them
By Paul Bignell
Published: 11 March 2007
Winston Churchill suggested Jewish people were "partly responsible for the antagonism" that saw them branded "Hebrew bloodsuckers", according to an article made public for the first time today.
The 1937 document, "How the Jews Can Combat Persecution", was unearthed by Dr Richard Toye, a Cambridge University historian. Written three years before Churchill became Prime Minister, the article has apparently lain unnoticed in the Churchill archives at Cambridge since the early months of the Second World War.
The article argues that "the wickedness of the persecutors" was not the sole reason for the ill-treatment of Jews down the ages. Churchill criticised the "aloofness" of Jewish people from wider society and urged them to make the effort to integrate themselves."
Dr Toye said: "I nearly fell off my chair when I found the article. It appears to have been overlooked. I think a lot of people thought that the file it was in only contained copies of articles that had already been published. It was certainly quite a shock to read some of these things and it is obviously at odds with the traditional idea we have of Churchill."
The article was intended for the US publication Liberty but withdrawn when another magazine Churchill wrote for objected to him supplying a rival.
Read the rest at the Independent
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