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Churchill and the Jews: Questions and Controversies

23 November, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Winston Churchill is an icon of modern history.  From his first election to Parliament in 1900 to his retirement as Prime Minister in 1955, he towered over the world stage, influencing almost every significant issue of his time.

The arc of Churchill’s career intersects with the most significant events in the history of the Jewish people:  Zionism and the Balfour Declaration, the rise of Hitler and the catastrophe of the Holocaust, followed by the creation of the State of Israel and the lasting divisions that affect the Middle East today.

Churchill’s relationship with the Jewish people helped to define his own remarkable life and career and his decisions dramatically impacted their fate. From his earliest encounter with the Jews of England in the waning years of the Victorian age to the re-making of the Middle East in the aftermath of the Great War and the tragic and turbulent years from 1933 to 1945, Jewish issues and concerns frequently became his own. Yet even though Churchill’s admiration for the Jews and support for Zionism are well known, some contemporary critics nevertheless claim that his deeds fell short of his words at the most critical time in Jewish history.

Join Lee Pollock of The International Churchill Society as he explores the complex nuances and fascinating story of Churchill and the Jews.

Attendees in the US, please note this talk starts at 11.00am (Pacific Time)/ 2.00pm (Eastern Time).

Lee Pollock

Lee Pollock

Lee Pollock is an historian, writer and public speaker on the life and times of Winston Churchill. He has written about Churchill for the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, American Purpose and the Daily Beast and has appeared on CBS, the BBC and other media outlets in the U.S. and Britain. Lee has spoken about Churchill’s legacy and leadership at venues ranging from the U.S. House of Representatives, the Pentagon and the U.S. Supreme Court to leading universities, history museums, non-profit institutions and clubs.  

Lee is a Director, Advisor to the Board and Member of the Operating Committee of The International Churchill Society and previously served as the Society’s Executive Director.  A native of Montreal, Canada, he is a graduate of McGill University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. 

He is the author of a forthcoming book, Action This Day: Adventures with Winston Churchill. 


23 November, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm




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