Churchill and the Jews (Paperback)

A Lifelong Friendship

By Martin Gilbert

Holt Paperbacks, 9780805088649, 400pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2008

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Hardcover (10/16/2007)

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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'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 patriarch. In between these events he fought harder and more effectively for the Jewish people than the world has ever realized.

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 the Author

One of Britain's most distinguished historians, Martin Gilbert was knighted in 1995. A fellow of Merton College, Oxford, he is also the official biographer of Winston Churchill. Among his books are The Holocaust, The Second World War, Churchill: A Life, Auschwitz and the Allies, The First World War, and Never Again.

Praise For Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship

“Gilbert's deep, lifelong scholarship and knowledge of his subject lend his book both authority and accessibility.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A must-read for those interested in Churchill and in Jewish history.” —Publishers Weekly