The British Government and the Holocaust

The Failure of Anglo-Jewish Leadership?

By Meier Sompolinsky

Three competing Jewish organizations in London approached the British Government to initiate actions to assist European Jewry. Innumerable talks with Government officials took place and many letters were exchanged. Inpatient bureaucrats rejected the parallel requests and proposals in favor of maintaining a strict immigration blockade anainst Continental Jews. The Jewish organizations - the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the British section of the World Jewish Congress, and the Chief Rabbi's Religious Emergency Council headed by the ultra-orthodox Rabbi Solomon Schonfeld - never attacked thee Government in public even though other pressure groups were active enough to worry the Government sufficiently to set up a special Cabinet Committee, headed by Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, to monitor the situation. this committee was particularly concerned with the activities of the inter-religious National committee for rescue from Nazi Terror. The vacillation of the competing Jewish leadership, and its collective inability to force the Government to adopt a more humanitarian attitude, raise disturbing questions as to what might have been achieved if personal antagonism had been put aside in favor of a combined, more forceful approach. This book, a comprehensive study on the relations between the Jewish leadership and the wartime Government of Great Britain, is based on original research, first-hand sources and previously unpublished material. It also details the Irish attitude to the plight of the Jews of Europe.

282 pages

Publication Date: 1/19/1999
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781902210247

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