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July 28, 2006

Sir Martin Gilbert Responds

Sir Martin Gilbert was kind enough to respond to challenges posed by FailedMessiah.com readers, including DovBear. With his permission, his response:

One of your readers writes to you (entirely erroneously in my view):

"Churchill knew about the dangers the Jewish people
faced, and even gave speeches about it, well before
WWII officially started. However, once the war
started, rescuing Jews was not a priority of his, and he did hardly or nothing to help. His five volume history of the war barely mentions
the Holocaust and does not record any effort by England
to help the Jews.

Your correspondent adds:

"Which is sad, not only for those who may have been
saved and were not, but because Churchill otherwise
has an overwhelmingly favorable WWII resume. Also
note that Churchill was saved from financial
ruin before the war by a Jewish financier who
realized
that Churchill was needed."

Your correspondent ends:

"It is impossible that Churchill did not know what
was going on...."

All the above points are dealt with in detail in my
forthcoming book, Churchill and the Jews, which will, hopefully, be
published during the Fall or Winter of 2007: by Holt
in the USA, and by Simon and Schuster in the Britain, as well as by
McLelland and Stewart in Canada.

Incidentally, Sir Henry Strakosch, Churchill's
financier in 1938 was not Jewish!


I feel that my American Spectator review answers the
other questions posed about Pope Pius XII, in so
far as those questions are dealt with in my review - as
most of them are.

You can read Sir Martin Gilbert's review of Rabbi David Dalin's book by puchasing the American Spectator at your local newsstand or by reading it in your local public library.

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I am the commentor to whom Sir Martin Gilbert so graciously took the time to respond. I, of course, am duly flattered.

I will respond in s few days to his comments. I believe that my comments, including the one about Churchill's financier being Jewish, were adequately sourced, even if it turns out I am incorrect about the religion of his financier. I wrote, however, from memory, which can always be tricky; so I will go back to my sources and see how well my memory worked.

This is the followup.

(1) William Manchester, in The Last Lion, Vol II, implies, but does not explicitly state, that Sir Henry Strakosch was Jewish.

(2) Sir Martin Gilbert's book, Auschwitz and the Allies, influenced my view of Churchill. Read it and judge for yourself.

(3) Look at the index of Chuchill's five volume book of WWII and see for yourself how much deals with Jews or what we now know as the Holocaust.

I do not have a source handy but it is well-known and often referenced in older histories how Bernard Baruch was very close to WC and involved personally in his finances. WC mentioned this himself several times and it was not a great secret or anything. Of course Baruch was a highly connected financier and Zionist leader, one of the most powerful men in the USA at the time. So WC was well connected with Jewish leaders of high standing, I don't think there can be any question about that. What it means one way or another about anything is another question!

I am confused. Who is the correspondent, Gilbert or somebody else?

Believe anything that Martin Gilbert says about Churchill at your peril! Gilbert is a court historian and a blatant and egregious hagiographer.Anyone who looks in depth at archival or anecdotal evidence regarding the conduct of Winston Churchill ends up arriving at the conclusion that he was the direct opposite of the myth that has been carefully constructed around him.He was a cowardly hypocrite of the first order.

If there is still controversy about Sir Henry's bloodline, I can attest
through DNA that Sir Henry's father was Jewish.His mother's mtdna
line is not known.


By Jewish law, I understand that whether one is Jewish or not
depends on the mother's birth heritage. There is no information
that I have seen that clearly states that Sir Henry's was Jewish.
Be that as it may, i am an exact DNA match with Sir Henry's male
relatives and since my heritage is Jewish, so is his. You can convert
to Christianity, but if your heritage is Jewish.....
Professor (emeritus) Arthur Mark

Sir Henry is the cousin of my late grandmother, Stephanie Goldschmidt (nee Strakosch. Having all the Strakosch family history at my fingertips, I can also attest to their Jewishnes, certainly on the male side.

Ruth Wirth

I have since done further research and have learnt that Sir Henry's mother, Mathilde is buried in a Jewish cemetery in Vienna. That makes Sir Henry Jewish.

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