Allies against fascism?

James Heartfield Jim at
Fri Oct 27 13:18:44 PDT 2000

The Allies and the Jews

At the 1943 Casablanca conference in the middle of the war against the Nazis, American president Franklin Roosevelt told the French of his plans to 'eliminate the specific and understandable complaints which the Germans bore towards the Jews...the number of Jews engaged in the practice of the professions should be definitely limited'.

As late as May 1944, Frank Roberts, a senior official at the Foreign Office, wrote that 'the Allies rather resent the suggestion that Jews in particular have been more heroic or long-suffering than other nationals of occupied countries'.


On Hitler's coming to power, in 1935 'the story of that struggle, cannot be read without admiration for the courage, the perseverance, and the vital force which enabled him to challenge, defy conciliate or overcome, all the authority of resistances which barred his path'. (Ponting 393)

Asked about Hitler's anti-Jewish laws in 1938, Churchill thought 'it was a hindrance and an irritation, but probably not an obstacle to a working agreement'. (394) In 1937 Brigadier Packenham Walsh reported 'Winston says at heart he is for Franco'. (390)

Imposing military dictatorship on the Greek partisans he told General Scobie in December 1944 'do not hesitate to act as if you were in a conquered city where a local rebellion was in progress ... we have to hold and dominate Athens'. (672)

Churchill referred to the Soviet Union as a 'tyrannic government of these Jew Commisars', a 'world wide communistic state under Jewish domination', 'the international Soviet of the Russian and Polish Jew', or just 'these Semitic conspirators'. (Ponting, 230)

Churchill advocated the sterilisation of 100,000 'mental degenerates'. (102) Said 'the Indians in East Africa are mainly of a very low class of coolies, and the idea that they should be put on an equality with the Europeans is revolting to every white man throughout British Africa'. (260) In February 1954 told the cabinet 'the continuing increase in the number of coloured people coming to this country and there presence here would sooner or later come to be resented by large sections of the British people'. (760) -- James Heartfield

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