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Winston Churchill: Note to Eden on the Possibility of Rescuing Wealthy Jews

(July 14, 1944)

10, Downing Street


This requires careful handling. It is quite possible that rich Jews will pay large sums of money to escape being murdered by the Huns. It is tiresome that this money should get into the hands of E.L.A.S [the executive arm of the Greek National Liberation Front] but why on earth we should go and argue with the United States about it I cannot conceive. Who is Hamilton and who is Loxley? We should take a great responsibility if we prevented the escape of Jews, even if they should be rich Jews. I know it is the modern view that all rich people should be put to death wherever found, but it is a pity that we should take up that attitude at the present time. After all they have no doubt paid for their liberation so high that in future they will only be poor Jews, and therefore have the ordinary rights of human beings



Sources: Yad Vashem