Churchill, Roosevelt and the Holocaust
6. Clues to Behavior 185
Chapter 6: Clues to Behavior Winston Churchill’s multi-volume History of the Second World War is not only a lengthy record of events, issues, communications, and decisions from the perspective of the man-in-charge. It is also one of history’s most extraor- dinary testimonials to a consciousness of guilt. In this case, it is Churchill’s guilt with respect to the murder of the Jews. The total volume of the Prime Minister’s history amounts to over three thousand pages of print published between the years 1948 and 1953. In this whole body of writing there is not a single reference—not one sentence—about the extermination of European Jewry. Not one sentence in the text. But there is one endnote, brief but tell- ing, in the last volume of Churchill’s monumental work. It occurs on page 693 and is a copy of a memorandum Churchill had sent his Foreign Secre- tary, Anthony Eden, with reference to the Jews of Hungary. It is dated July 11, 1944 and the brackets are Churchill’s: There is no doubt that this [persecution of Jews in Hungary and their expulsion from enemy territory] is probably the greatest and most horrible crime ever committed in the whole history of the world, and it has been done by scientific machinery by no- minally civilized men in the name of a great State and one of the leading races of Europe. It is quite clear that all concerned in this crime who may fall into our hands, including the people who...
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