Aangirfan – September 4, 2010
Leo Amery, former UK Secretary of State for India, could see a similarity between Churchill’s attitude to Indians and Hitler’s attitude to Jews. (Churchill’s Secret War.)
In 1943, millions of people were dying of starvation in Bengal, in India.
The UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill could easily have stopped the famine by arranging a few shipments of food.
But, but he refused.
He also prevented others from helping.
Winston Churchill described the Indians as “a beastly people with a beastly religion.” (Churchill’s Secret War.)
He said they “bred like rabbits.”
Madhusree Mukerjee, in her book “Churchill’s Secret War.“, points out two reasons for famines in British-run India.
1. British India exported food.
2. In British India, some food crops had been replaced by indigo and jute.
By the middle of 1943, hordes of people were dying on the streets of Calcutta, “often in front of well-stocked shops or restaurants serving lavish meals.”
Churchill’s advisor, the physicist Frederick Alexander Lindemann (Lord Cherwell), believed that sending in food would encourage Indians to breed more.
Churchill has a reputation for ruthlessness.
According to T. Stokes (The Mystery of Super Spy – Sir Anthony Blunt) Anthony Blunt said that the death in 1941 of the king’s brother, the Duke of Kent, was a murder on Churchill’s orders .
Churchill was controversial.
In 1991 Brian Lamb interviewed Martin Gilbert about Gilbert’s biography of Churchill (homosexuality – John Derbyshire’s home page):
According to Gilbert: “When Churchill was 20 and a young soldier, he was accused of buggery.”
Winston Churchill reportedly “had a fling with musical comedy star Ivor Novello.”
Reportedly, Churchill was not necessarily opposed to Hitler and fascism.
According to Louis Kilzer, in ‘Churchill’s Deception’ (1994), Churchill, in 1932, considered forming an alliance with Hitler.
According to Kilzer, Churchill was in Munich in 1932 and there he met Ernst Hanfstaengl, who worked for Hitler.
Reportedly, Churchill said to Hanfstaengl, “How does your chief feel about an alliance between your country, France and England?” (Page 112, Churchill’s Deception).
Kilzer’s source is Hanfstaengl (War – The Churchill Centre).
According to an item at the Sydney Morning Herald, “In April 1932, Hanfstaengl set up a meeting between Hitler and Winston Churchill in a Munich hotel, but Hitler pulled out at the last moment, dismissing Churchill, who was then a backbencher, as a nobody.” ( The strange, secret tale of Hitler’s piano man – World – smh.com.au)
Frederick Winterbotham, head of air intelligence for MI6, wrote: “From my personal meetings with Hitler I learned about his basic belief that the only hope for an ordered world was that it should be ruled by three super powers, the British Empire, the Greater Americas and the new German Reich.” (Quoted by Kilzer, page 117).
The problem for Hitler was that Churchill was reluctant to allow Germany to dominate continental Europe .
And, Churchill’s mother was Jewish.
“Cunning, no doubt, came to Churchill in the Jewish genes transmitted by his mother Lady Randolph Churchill, née Jenny Jacobson/Jerome,” wrote Moshe Kohn in the Jerusalem Post.
But, Churchill could see a problem with ‘Jewish’ communism which he described as “this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality.” (Illustrated Sunday Herald of February 8, 1920. )
But, in 1938, when Churchill was in financial difficulty, “a dark and mysterious figure entered Churchill’s life: he was Henry Strakosch, a multi-millionaire Jew who had acquired a fortune speculating in South African mining ventures after his family had migrated to that country from eastern Austria.” (Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin: Bosom Pals)