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James Smith writes on Sunday, February 18, 2001



History of Anti-Semitsm in Britain

I was wondering if you could help me. I am a university student, studying history and am about to start a dissertation on antisemitism in Britain. I was wondering if you have any information on this topic as I believe your thoughts would be valuable.

Many thanks for your help

James Smith

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I CAN offer some help, though time is limited and I am bombarded with requests from students all round the world now. May I suggest you rummage around my website a bit. There is a new directory (index) on the origins of antisemitism, but probably relatively little of that is British orientated. I am sure that those murky hounds at the Board of Deputies of British Jews will provide you with materials too. In my view, they generate much of the antisemitism by their antics.

If you are interested in historic antisemitism, look at these two links:

  1. An index of antisemitic remarks by famous people (Cabinet members, etc.) in WW2. These were the pages that Judge Gray would not allow me to put to the expert witnesses in the recent Lipstadt libel action!
  2. Download (free, while it lasts) from my two books Churchill's War, vol. ii and Uprising and search the texts for references to semitic or semitism.

I have quoted at length in the Churchill biography from wartime British Home Office intelligence reports on the rise of anti-Semitism in Britain during the war. However, don't ask me to write your thesis for you!

© Focal Point 2001 David Irving