As Britain’s wartime prime minister, he led the fight to crush Nazism and its plans to exterminate the Jewish race. Yet, even as Hitler was stepping up the persecution and Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists (BUF) were fomenting unrest in Britain, Sir Winston Churchill believed that Jewish people were “partly responsible for the antagonism for which they suffer”.
Churchill penned the controversial views in 1937, only a year after Mosley’s blackshirts had clashed with Jews and other locals on Cable Street in east London and just months after Jews in Germany were banned from holding many professional occupations.
In comments that foreshadow the current debate on multiculturalism, Churchill argued that a tendency to form a “distinct and separate community” runs counter to the idea that settlers should be “100 per cent British” irrespective of their race and religion.
“The central fact which dominates the relations of Jew and non-Jew is that the Jew is different,” he added. “He has a different tradition and background. He refuses to be absorbed. In every country the Jews form a distinct and separate community – a little state within the state.”
Now, what does that remind you of? This perhaps?