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Modern British Jewry$
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Geoffrey Alderman

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207597.001.0001

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The Defence of an Image

The Defence of an Image

(p.265) 6 The Defence of an Image
Modern British Jewry

Geoffrey Alderman

Oxford University Press

The period which began with the crisis triggered by the publication of Lord Passfield's White Paper on Palestine (October 1930) and which ended with British recognition of the State of Israel (April 1950) posed for the British Jewish communities problems of unprecedented complexity and severity. Against the background of Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany and later Austria, and then of the unassailable truth of the Final Solution, support for Zionism acquired a grim centrality — and urgency — in Anglo–Jewish affairs which at last made possible that which had not been achieved in 1917 (the Zionist conquest of the Board of Deputies). But it was acquired in an atmosphere in which it was difficult and finally impossible to sustain the myth that Zionism accorded with the interests of Jews as British citizens and as nothing else.

Keywords:   Jews, British Jewry, Zionism

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