Biographies & Memoirs

Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship

Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship

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.

Chapter 1. Early Years: ‘This Monstrous Conspiracy’

Chapter 2. Supporting the Jews

Chapter 3. The First World War and Its Aftermath

Chapter 4. ‘A Struggle for the Soul of the Jewish People’

Chapter 5. Responsibility for the Jewish National Home

Chapter 6. Pledges in Jerusalem

Chapter 7. Building on the Balfour Declaration

Chapter 8. An Anti-Semitic Libel, Palestine, and Moses

Chapter 9. The Rise of Hitler

Chapter 10. Defender of Zionism

Chapter 11. The Partition Debate: ‘A Counsel of Despair’

Chapter 12. Nazism Rampant: ‘Abominable Persecution’

Chapter 13. Palestine: The Legitimate Jewish Haven

Chapter 14. The Black Paper: ‘This Mortal Blow’

Chapter 15. The First Nine Months of War

Chapter 16. Prime Minister: The Palestine Dimension

Chapter 17. ‘These Vile Crimes’

Chapter 18. Palestine: A Vigilant Eye

Chapter 19. Seeking to Save Jews

Chapter 20. ‘If Our Dreams of Zionism Are to End…’

Chapter 21. The Saudi Arabian Dimension

Chapter 22. From War to Peace: ‘I Shall Continue to Do My Best’

Chapter 23. The King David Hotel Bomb: ‘We Are to be at War with the Jews of Palestine’

Chapter 24. ‘A Senseless, Squalid War with the Jews’

Chapter 25. The State of Israel Established: ‘An Event in World History’

Chapter 26. ‘An Old Zionist Like Me’

Chapter 27. ‘A Great Nation’



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