Sunday, 18 August 2013

1936: Churchill foresees a most dreadful war

British historian Paul Addison writes in his 2005 biography Churchill: The Unexpected Hero:

On 6 October 1936, while visiting Oxford to unveil a memorial to T. E. Lawrence, he dined at All Souls. ‘Mr Churchill’, someone asked, ‘is there going to be war?’ ‘Certainly’, Churchill replied, ‘a very terrible war in which London will be bombed and Buckingham Palace will be razed to the ground, and the lions and tigers will escape from the zoo and roam through the streets of London attacking people.’

Addison's source for this Churchill quote is a 1991 interview with Jewish philosopher and All Souls fellow Isaiah Berlin, who in 1936 was writing a report commissioned by All Souls College he would title The State of Psychology in 1936. The T. E. Lawrence memorial Churchill unveiled was in the City of Oxford High School for Boys, the ceremony took place on Saturday, October 3, 1936.
The quote from Churchill sounds as if it was made under the influence of drink, but just two months later on December 3, 1936, Churchill again predicted a war during a speech at the Royal Albert Hall:

We are gathered together on this platform with one object. We want to stop this war of which we have heard so much talk. We would like to stop it while time remains, for we have had enough of the last war not to want another. ... We have reached a fateful milestone in human history ... It is the war between the Nazis and the Communists: the war of the non-God religions, waged with the weapons of the twentieth century. ... In Spain a fratricidal war is being waged. ... It will take all their efforts night and day to prevent the kind of abominations which broke out in Spain from reappearing perhaps at no great distant time over Europe. ... If we wish to stop this coming war—if coming it is—we must in the year that lies before us—nay, in the next six months—gather together the great nations, all as well armed as possible and united under the Covenant [being the 'Covenant'] of the League [of Nations] in accordance with the principles of the League, and in this way we may reach a position where we can invite the German people to join this organisation of world security; where we can invite them to take their place freely in the circle of nations to preserve peace, and where we shall be able to answer them that we seek no security for ourselves which we do not extend more freely to them.


  1. Churchill was of course a rigid anti German but did say this of Churchill in 1935 , "One may dislike Hitler's system and yet admire his patriotic achievement. If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as indomitable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations ".
    In 1936 he became a member of the Jewish financed focus group and he who pays the piper calls the tune.
    The Focus was financed by a slush fund set up by some of London's wealthiest businessmen -- principally, businessmen organized by the Board of Jewish Deputies in England, whose chairman was a man called Sir Bernard Waley Cohen. Sir Bernard Waley Cohen held a private dinner party at his apartment on July 29, 1936. This is in Waley Cohen's memoirs ... The 29th of July, 1936, Waley Cohen set up a slush fund of 50,000 pounds for The Focus, the Churchill pressure group. Now, 50,000 pounds in 1936, multiply that by ten, at least, to get today's figures. By another three or four to multiply that into Canadian dollars. So, 40 times 50,000 pounds -- about $2 million in Canadian terms -- was given by Bernard Waley Cohen to this secret pressure group of Churchill in July 1936. The purpose was -- the tune that Churchill had to play was -- fight Germany. Start warning the world about Germany, about Nazi Germany. Churchill, of course, one of our most brilliant orators, a magnificent writer, did precisely that.

    1. No, I'm sorry but that's wrong. It was Sir Robert Waley Cohen. Bernard was his son and he was only 22 in 1936.

      David Irving (and Mark Weber and Ted Okeefe, I guess) is responsible for this error as to which Waley Cohen it was.

      See here: http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v07/v07p498_Okeefe.html

      The original idea to form the Focus was set in motion at a meeting at the HQ of N M. Rothschild at New Court in London and it was chaired by Lord Rothschild. Robert Henriques give this detail in his biography of Sir Robert Waley Cohen.

      Waley Cohen was given the go-ahead by Rothschild and then the dinner party followed as a result of his instruction.

      When Churchill was out of office in the 1920s, Waley Cohen paid Churchill £5,000 to lobby the prime minister, Sir Stanley Baldwin, to privatise the Iraqi oil fields (which the British had taken and nationalised) so that his company, Royal Dutch Shell, could take control of them

      This sum of £5,000 was sent by cheque to Churchill's brother, John. In todays money this is equal to one million pounds based on average earnings.

      A principle member of the Focus was an exiled German Jew named Eugen Spier. Spier was a banker and put a lot of money into the Focus. Later in the 1960s he published a book about it titled: 'Focus - A footnote to the history of the thirties'

      This book has a forward by Lady Bonham-Carter who was a very active member of the Focus and wherein she stated that a purpose of the group was to protect the divine Jewish 'covenant' and Spier revealed that he had given Churchill the code name of 'Oscar' which, IIRC, he said was old-English for 'Spear of God' or 'Divine Spear.


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