Thank you for your letter. Although in the speech you heard I talked about Nazi atrocities against European countries, I have never forgotten their terrible treatment of the Jews; and I am always thinking about how we can stop them, now and after the War.
5 July, 1943
Thank you for your letter of July 1. Although in my speech at the Guildhall I referred only to the wrongs inflicted by Hitler on the Sovereign States of Europe, I have never forgotten the terrible sufferings inflicted upon the Jews; and I am constantly thinking by what means it may lie in our power to alleviate them, both during the war and in the permanent settlement which must follow it.
Professor Harold J. Laski.
A copy of a letter from WSC to Professor Harold Laski [Professor of Political Science at the University of London] 5 July 1943.
Churchill’s speech to those assembled at the Guildhall in London on 30 June 1943 was a rousing one, designed to praise the work of the British soldiers, civilians and allies.
In the midst of this he made reference to the ‘enemy’ only fleetingly and did not focus great attention on their actions, preferring to celebrate the efforts of the allies. Professor Harold Laski, a professor of Political Science, a socialist and Jewish took exception to Churchill’s lack of comment specifically on the issue of atrocities towards Jews. He wrote Churchill a letter to make it clear that he felt Churchill had let the Jews down by not specifically mentioning the issue.
Remember we are hoping that this source can be useful to us in investigating whether Britain could have done more to help the Jews. Sources usually help historians in two ways:
Which of the inferences below can be made from this source?
|On a scale of 1-5 how far do you agree that this source supports this inference?||Which extract(s) from the source support your argument?|
|Churchill has no plan for combatting atrocities committed against Jews at this time.|| || |
|Churchill plans to bring the Nazis to justice over atrocities after the war.|| || |
|Laski is unimpressed with Churchill’s Guildhall speech.|| || |
|Atrocities being committed towards the Jews were widely known about.|| || |
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