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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 was a young man in 1894 when Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, was convicted of treason and sent to Devil s Island. Despite the prevailing anti-Semitism in England as well as on the Continent, Churchill s position was clear: he supported Dreyfus, and condemned the prejudices that had led to his conviction.
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 father of the Jewish people.
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 under-appreciated and heroic aspect of the brilliant politician s life and career.
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