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Churchill and the Jews : a lifelong friendship
Martin Gilbert
Adult Nonfiction DA566.9.C5 G4454 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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 of primary documents, Gilbert shows how Churchill grew beyond the kind of friendship with individual British Jews that his father enjoyed into a supporter of Jewish causes-most notably a Jewish state in Palestine. (In later years, Churchill even referred to himself as an "old Zionist.") Gilbert shows that Churchill recognized as early as 1933 that Hitler's regime posed a grave danger for European Jewry. Yet, as Gilbert shows, in the late 1930s, Churchill upset Zionist leaders with his support for limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine out of a concern for British interests in the Arab world. The work is chock-full of narrative, with little interpretation, and some readers might wish for more discussion of questions, such as Churchill's description of Bolshevism (which he loathed) as a "Jewish movement." But this work is a must-read for those interested in Churchill and in Jewish history. 8 pages of photos; maps. (Nov. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Primarily known for his multivolume biography of Churchill, Gilbert has also written extensively about modern Jewish history and the Holocaust. Now he takes the opportunity to combine his expertise on these subjects, and his source material reflects years of work. Gilbert is strongest in narrative; the analysis is sparser. But he's at his best when explaining the interrelationship between Churchill's position as a British government leader-especially during World War II-and his personal support of Zionism and Jewish refugees. Gilbert points out that Churchill had first to safeguard British interests, all the while functioning within a complex governmental system, which sometimes prevented him from promoting causes, such as Zionism, as he might have liked. The book is weaker when Gilbert delineates the number of Jews Churchill interacted with on a daily basis. Does it really matter, for example, that one of his staff at the Ministry of Munitions in 1917 was Jewish? Gilbert's analysis of the tension between Churchill's pro-Jewish and pro-Zionist attitudes and his hatred of Bolshevism, which he considered a Jewish invention, may leave unsatisfied readers still seeking an explanation as to how the two were reconciled. Recommended for research libraries.-Frederic Krome, Univ. of Cincinnati, Clermont Coll. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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