Winston Churchill and the Jews

December 7, 2021 | Lee Pollock
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While Winston Churchill’s attitudes toward Jews, and Zionism, were complicated, and changed over the course of his long career, he tended to be supportive of both—even during the 1930s and 40s, when many leading British statemen felt differently. During a visit to Germany in 1932, Churchill—then out of office—confronted Hitler’s press secretary about Nazi anti-Semitism, and rejected his apologetic response. Crowds in Tel Aviv cheered when Churchill became prime minister in 1940; yet, despite some moving rhetoric, he did little to help Jews caught in the grip of the Third Reich. Lee Pollock delves into all this and more. (Audio with pictures, about one hour.)

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