Churchill and the Jews by Martin Gilbert
A Lifelong Friendship

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An insightful history of Churchill's lifelong commitment—both public and private—to the Jews and Zionism, and of his outspoken opposition to anti-Semitism



Winston Churchill was a young man in 1894 when Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, was convicted of treason and sent to Devil's Island. Despite the prevailing anti-Semitism in England as well as on the Continent, Churchill's position was clear: he supported Dreyfus, and condemned the prejudices that had led to his conviction.



Churchill's commitment to Jewish rights, to Zionism—and ultimately to the State of Israel—never wavered. In 1922, he established on the bedrock of international law the right of Jews to emigrate to Palestine. During his meeting with David Ben-Gurion in 1960, Churchill presented the Israeli prime minister with an article he had written about Moses, praising the father of the Jewish people.



Drawing on a wide range of archives and private papers, speeches, newspaper coverage, and wartime correspondence, Churchill's official biographer, Sir Martin Gilbert, explores the origins, implications, and results of Churchill's determined commitment to Jewish rights, opening a window on an underappreciated and heroic aspect of the brilliant politician's life and career.



 

About Martin Gilbert

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One of Britain's most distinguished historians, Sir Martin Gilbert was knighted in 1995. Among his many books are The Holocaust (0-8050-3848-7), The First World War (0-8050-4734-4), The Second World War (0-8050-1788-7), Churchill: A Life (0-8050-2396-8), and The Boys (0-8050-4403-5).
 
Published September 2, 2008 by Henry Holt and Co.. 385 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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It thrilled Winston more to know that one of his ancestors was what he called, in the parlance of the time, “a Seneca squaw.” Writes Gilbert (The Righteous, 2003, etc.), “the quintessential Englishman was not only half American but also one-sixty-fourth Native American.” Being half American did n...

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British historian and Churchill biographer Gilbert (Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction, 2006, etc.) explores the great statesman’s early, fervent support of Zionism and wartime pleas to save the Jews from Nazi persecution.

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This work by acclaimed Churchill biographer Gilbert examines an often-neglected aspect of the British leader's career: his relationship to Jews and Jewish issues. Drawing on a treasure trove o

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Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age Arthur Herman Hutchinson £25, pp721 Churchill's Wizards: The British Genius for Deception Nicholas Rankin F aber £25, pp466 Masters and Commanders: How Roosevelt, Churchill, Marshall and Alanbrooke Won the War i...

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Following up his eight-volume official biography of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Gilbert offers this 1000-page summary that is basically a distillation of all he has written about his subject up to now.

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The result not only portrays an imaginary lifelong romance between Churchill and the Jews, but also reflects a symbiosis between the author and the object of his admiration for over 40 years.6 In order to obtain a balanced view of Churchill’s complex relationship with the Jews, it is necessary ...

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