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The European Jewish Press

March 27, 2007

British politicians denied Jews special treatment

By Jeremy Last

LONDON (EJP)--New documentation released by Britain's National Archives [the Public Record Office] has revealed that English politicians denied Jewish refugees from Europe any "special treatment" during WWII, despite the ongoing persecution from the Nazis.

In secret security service documents released by the NA last week, a memo from the Home Office stressed that each case would be judged individually.

The 1940 memo said: "There is no special treatment adopted towards Jews. They must be brought before a tribunal and if they are established as bona fide refugees their registration books will be stamped 'refugee from Nazi oppression.'" [Website note: Many Jews had joined the Gestapo or Abwehr, as a price for their safety, and were sent abroad as spies - Quoi de neuf].

Churchill claims rebuffed

Meanwhile, historians and politicians have hit back at claims that war time Prime Minister Winston Churchill was anti-Semitic.

A document from 1937 uncovered by writer Richard Toye during research for a book on Churchill and a previous prime minister David Lloyd George, seemed to show Churchill had negative views towards Jews.

In the document, Churchill allegedly wrote that he supported the idea that the "separateness of the Jew" sometimes caused their own persecution.

And while he described Jews as "sober, industrious and law-abiding," Churchill was quoted as saying "There are times when one feels instinctively that all this is another manifestation of the difference."

Never printed

According to Toye the document came from an article to have been printed in a magazine but was pulled. Toye said he believed the document was significant. He said:

"While most people would accept that Churchill was no anti-semite, this sheds fascinating new light on his views, which were very inconsistent. He uses some very unfortunate stereotypes."

"This shouldn't be taken out of proportion. He had plenty of other opportunities to state his views but didn't."

However, official Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert said the article was ghost written and did not represent the politician's views.

And another historian Richard Langworth, who works at the Churchill Centre, said: "We at The Churchill Center would have fallen off our chairs too - if Churchill had written such words. But Churchill did not write them. Nor did he publish them. Nor did he approve of them." [Website note: But Churchill did write marginal notes on the manuscript].

Langworth added that Leave Churchill's had a lifelong support of Zionism and numerous Jewish friends. [Website note: sic. This sentence appears garbled].

"Churchill was a friend of the Jews because, as a moral man, his sense of justice was revolted by persecution. "How can any man be discriminated against," he once asked, "purely because of how he was born?"

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Mustn't say that: Churchill's 1937 warnings about the 'Hebrew bloodsuckers' revealed: "the Jew is 'different'. He looks different. He thinks differently" | "... they are inviting persecution ... partly responsible" for their sufferings | Churchill was accused of being 'too fond of the Jews' says Martin Gilbert | David Irving's biography explains the fondness (a large sum of money having changed hands in 1936) | Author contradicts Gilbert's claim that Churchill disowned Diston's article
Commentary: Was Churchill Anti-Semitic- And Does It Matter? Churchill exonerated By: Rafael Medoff in The Bulletin
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Flashback: Churchill's 1920 article on Stalin's Jewish torturers
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