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In WW2 Churchill deliberately starved 6-7 million Indians to death, continued to foster Muslim-Hindu antipathy that led to the horrors of Indian Partition and persuaded his War Cabinet on racist Partition of Palestine. Yet Sir Martin Gilbert, an eminent UK historian and member of the current UK Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War, made no mention of Churchill’s WW2 Bengali Holocaust in 2 definitive books about Churchill.
Sir Martin Gilbert is an eminent UK historian and indeed I often have occasion to refer to his works on Jewish history, Zionism, Churchill, WW1, WW2 and 20th century history. He is to be praised as one of very few UK historians who actually mention the 1943-1945 Bengal Famine, a Bengali Holocaust that was to my knowledge the first such WW2 atrocity to be referred to a “holocaust” (by N.G. Jog in 1944; see Jog, N.G. (1944), “Churchill’s Blind-Spot: India”, New Book Company, Bombay).
Thus Sir Martin Gilbert refers (albeit very briefly) to “1.5 million” Bengal Famine victims in at least 3 books, namely M. Gilbert, “British History Atlas”(Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London , 1968), M. Gilbert, “The Day the War Ended. VE-Day 1945 in Europe and Around the World” and M. Gilbert, “A History of the Twentieth Century. Volume Two 1933-1951” (William Morrow, New York , 1998).
It is all the more remarkable then that Sir Martin Gilbert, the world’s top expert on Churchill, should have not included in 2 of his key books on Churchill any mention of Churchill’s WW2 Bengali Holocaust – a holocaust greater in terms of victims (6-7 million dead) than the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, with 1 in 6 dying from deprivation; see M. Gilbert, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1969 and M. Gilbert, “Atlas of the Holocaust”, Michael Joseph, London, 1982).
Thus, to the best of my ascertainment, there is no mention of Churchill’s WW2 Bengal Famine atrocity in the following books by Martin Gilbert about Churchill: M. Gilbert, “In Search of Churchill. A historians Journey”, Harper & Collins, London, 1994, and M. Gilbert, M., “Churchill. A Life”, Heinemann, London, 1991.
Just imagine a biography of Adolph Hitler that made no mention of the WW2 Jewish Holocaust or indeed of his other atrocities, most notably the 30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed by the Nazis in WW2.
Of course, Churchill’s crimes were not confined to the deliberate, sustained mass murder of 6-7 million Indians in WW2. For your convenience, I have simply listed below an expanded list of immense crimes in which Churchill was complicit as a racist soldier, politician, mass murderer and holocaust-denying writer – indeed he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 for his numerous published works, especially his six-edition set The Second World War in which he ignored his deliberate, remorseless murder of 6-7 million Indians in 1943-1945 [ I have provided estimates of violent and non-violent avoidable deaths in square brackets].
A key reference for the list of Churchill’s crimes is my book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in global sustainability”, G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2008.
1. British Indian Holocaust (1.8 billion excess deaths, 1757-1947; 10 million killed in post-1857 Indian Mutiny reprisals; 1 million starved, 1895-1897 Indian Famine; 6-9 million starved, 1899-1900 Indian Famine; 6-7 million starved under Churchill, Bengali Holocaust 1943-1945].
2. Sudan atrocities [horrendous British atrocities after the Battle of Obdurman 1898].
3. Boer (Afrikaaner) Genocide [28,000 Afrikaaner women and children died in British concentration camps, 1899-1902].
4. World War 1 promotion [World War I Allied military and civilian dead 5.7 million and 3.7 million, respectively; German-allied (Central Powers) military and civilian deaths 4.0 million and 5.2 million; troop movement-exacerbated Spanish Flu Epidemic killed 20-100 million people world wide. 1918-1922].
5. WW1 Dardanelles Campaign in Turkey [0.2 million Allied and Turkish soldiers killed, 1915; precipitated 1915-1923 Turkish Armenian Genocide, 1.5 million Armenians killed].
6. UK and US invasion of Russia 1917-1919 [millions died in the Russian Civil War and the subsequent Russian Famine; 7 million died in the circa 1930 Ukrainian Famine; and perhaps up to 20 million died overall in Stalinist atrocities].
7. British suppression of the Arab revolt in Iraq (invaded by Britain in 1914) [bombing of Kurds, poison gas use (1920s); violent UK involvement on and off , 1914-2009; 1990-2008 Iraqi excess deaths 4 million; under-5 infant deaths 1.8 million; refugees currently 6 million].
8. Support for British Occupation and opposition to Indian self-determination [1757-1947 excess deaths, 1.8 billion; 1895-1897 famine deaths1 million; 1899-1900 Indian Famine, deaths6-9 million deaths; 1943-1945 Bengali Holocaust deaths 6-7 million].
9. World War 2 promotion [World War 2 military deaths 25 million and civilian deaths about 67 million].
10. Promotion of Japan entry into World War 2 in order to involve the US and hence ensure victory [35 million Chinese avoidable deaths, 1937-1945; 6-7 million Indians starved, Bengal 1943-1945; millions more died in the WW2 Eastern Theatre].
11. Churchill knew Singapore was indefensible [8,000-15,000 killed, 130,000 captured in the 1941 Malaya campaign; 14,000 Australian, 16,000 British and 32,000 Indian troops surrendered in Singapore] (see Rusbridger, J. and Nave, E. (1991), “Betrayal at Pearl Harbor. How Churchill Lured Roosevelt into World War II”, Summit, New York).
12. Churchill deliberately did not warn Americans about Pearl Harbor attack [Eastern Theatre WW2 deaths 45 million] (see Rusbridger, J. and Nave, E. (1991), “Betrayal at Pearl Harbor. How Churchill Lured Roosevelt into World War II”, Summit, New York).
13. WW2 Bengal Holocaust, Bengal Famine [deliberate starving to death of of 6-7 million Indians; confessed by Churchill in a letter to Roosevelt]
14. Churchill rejected top scientific advice and supported bombing of German cities instead of protecting Atlantic convoys [0.16 million allied airmen killed; 0.6 million German civilians killed; Battle of the Atlantic almost lost; 7 million dead from famine in the Indian Ocean region related to halving of Allied shipping in 1943].
15. Churchill acknowledged the crucial importance of maintaining Hindu-Muslim antipathy to preserve British rule [1 million dead and 18 million Muslim and Hindu refugees associated with India-Pakistan Partition in 1947].
16. 1944 UK War Cabinet decision Partition of Palestine [in 1878, Jews were 5% of the Palestine population; in 1948 Jews were 1/3 of the population; there are now over 7 million Palestinian refugees; post-1967 Occupied Palestinian excess deaths 0.3 million, post-1967 under-5 infant deaths 0.2 million; excess deaths in countries partially or completely occupied by Apartheid Israel now total about 24 million; 4 million Occupied Palestinians are still illegally and abusively imprisoned by racist Zionists in their own country].
17. UK rejection of 1944 Brand plan to save Hungarian Jews [0.2-0.4 million killed by Nazis and Arrow Cross fascists out of 0.7 million; Zionists also opposed the Brand plan]
18. British, American, Zionist, Australian and European adoption of Churchill's holocaust commission and holocaust denying legacy, with post-war atrocities involving invasion, occupation, devastation and genocide [in relation to Occupiers (in parenthesis) 1950-2005 excess deaths in post-1945 occupied countries total 2 million (white Australia), 36 million (Belgium), 142 million (France), 24 million (Apartheid Israel), 0.7 million (Apartheid South Africa), 23 million (Portugal), 37 million (Russia), 9 million (Spain), 727 million (the UK) and 82 million (the US); 25 million Indigenous excess deaths in post-1950 US Asian Wars; 9-11 million excess deaths associated with 1990-2008 Bush Wars; post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Iraq 2.5 million, refugees 5-6 million; post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Afghanistan 4.5 million, refugees 3-4 million].
To paraphrase mathematician satirist Tom Lehrer’s song “The Elements”, “These are the only Churchill crimes currently known to Harvard/But there may be many others that haven’t been discARvered”. However most of these enormous crimes are well hidden by Anglo historians , journalists, politicians, academics and writers.
While pro-Zionist Anglo censorship evidenced above is utterly obnoxious, the Churchill Centre (US and world-wide) must be complimented for publishing a critical review of my article, a Review that adduced the opinions of major historians, including Professor Sir Martin Gilbert, an eminent historian whose works I and no doubt numerous others turn to for information about Churchill, World War 2 , the Jewish Holocaust and Jewish history (see Churchill Centre, “The Bengali Famine”, 2008 ) . My responses to what I will refer to below as “the Review” are listed below.
(1). The Review was quite nastily critical of my article and commencing with the false assertion “Mr. [Dr] Polya begins by dismissing all historians who disagree with him as Anglo-American and Zionist propagandists, including official biographer Sir Martin Gilbert” – what I actually did say was, quote: “Yet, to list just s few examples of UK-US holocaust ignoring, there is absolutely NO mention of the 1943-1945 Bengali Holocaust in the biography of Winston Churchill by pro-Zionist Professor Sir Martin Gilbert (Gilbert, M. (1991), Churchill. A Life (Heinemann, London); the recent histories by leading conservative Australian historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey (Blainey, G. (2000), A Short History of the World (Viking, Melbourne), Blainey, G. (2004), A Very Short History of the World (Viking, Melbourne), Blainey, G. (2005), A Short History of the 20th Century (Penguin, Melbourne); the recent history of Britain by pro-Zionist Professor Simon Schama (Schama, S. (2002), A History of Britain (BBC, London)); or even in an important book on Denial entitled "Denial. History betrayed" by Australian historian Professor Tony Taylor (Monash University, Melbourne (see my book :Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in global sustainability”, G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2008).
(2). The Review says that it sought comment and obtained the following bald denial comment from Professor Sir Martin Gilbert: “Churchill was not responsible for the Bengal Famine. I have been searching for evidence for years: none has turned up. The 1944 Document volume of the official biography [Hillsdale College Press] will resolve this issue finally.”
However with due respect for Professor Gilbert’s eminence, (a) Churchill was the ruler and the Ruler is responsible for the Ruled; (b), 6-7 million Indians perished (latest estimate from medical historian Dr Sanjoy Bhattacharya , Wellcome Institute, University College London); (c) 1998 Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen blames the Ruler for a needless disaster; (d) and most importantly Churchill himself actually confessed his inaction as follows in a now-released secret letter to Roosevelt in 1944 in stating “I am no longer justified in not asking for your help” (p158, “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in global sustainability”).
For a recent, succinct account of the “forgotten” World War 2 Bengal Famine see the 2008 BBC broadcast entitled “Bengal Famine. The things we forgot to remember” and involving me, 1998 Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen , Dr Sanjoy Bhattacharya , Wellcome Institute, University College London and other scholars ).
(3) The Review then quite astonishingly supports my thesis and itself DAMNS Churchill with the following, QUOTE: “Arthur Herman’s excellent and balanced Gandhi & Churchill (New York: Bantam, 2008, reviewed in Finest Hour 138: 51-52). There is quite a lot on the Bengal Famine (pp 512 et. seq.), which Herman believes “did more than Gandhi to undermine Indian confidence in the Raj.” Secretary of State for India Leo Amery, Herman writes, “at first took a lofty Malthusian view of the crisis, arguing that India was ‘overpopulated’ and that the best strategy was to do nothing. But by early summer even Amery was concerned and urged the War Cabinet to take drastic action.... For his part, Churchill proved callously indifferent. Since Gandhi's fast his mood about India had progressively darkened.....[He was] resolutely opposed to any food shipments. Ships were desperately needed for the landings in Italy....Besides, Churchill felt it would do no good. Famine or no famine, Indians will ‘breed like rabbits.’ Amery prevailed on him to send some relief, albeit only a quarter what was needed.”
Malthusian over-population as an excuse for allowing mass death is obscene. Yet Churchill put it more bluntly in the only public statement of Churchill’s about the Bengal famine that I have been able to find is Churchill’s notorious anti-Indian comment that “they breed like rabbits” as quoted by India ’s Nobel Prize-winning economist Professor Amartya Sen in an essay to Asian Institute of Technology (2002): “Winston Churchill's famous remark about the 1943 Bengal famine - that it was caused by the tendency of the people to breed like rabbits - belongs to this general tradition of blaming the colonial subject”.
One has to turn to the Whitehall, London, UK supervisor of the 1840s Irish Potato Famine (1 million killed, 1.5 million emigrated) , Charles Trevelyan, for a comparably obscene viewpoint about man-made mass starvation: “This being altogether beyond the power of man, the cure had been applied by the direct stroke of an all-wise Providence in a manner as unexpected and unthought of as it is likely to be effectual.” (1846, C.E. Trevelyan, the responsible Undersecretary for the Treasury, commenting in 1846 on the Irish famine as a “cure” for Irish overpopulation) (see p257, Edwards, R.D. and Williams, T.D. (1957) (editors), The Great Famine. Studies in Irish History 1845-52 (New York University Press, New York).
Indeed G.M. Trevelyan (Regius Professor of Modern History and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and grandson of the English official Charles Trevelyan who supervised the Irish Famine) fails to mention the Irish Famine (and the Bengal Famine) in his “authoritative” “History of England” (Longmans. London), except for a brief aside: “the potato blight in Ireland in 1845-6 left him [Peel] no other choice than either to suspend the Corn Laws or to allow the Irish to die by tens of thousands” i.e. he suggests that the Irish Famine [1 million dead, 1.5 million forced to emigrate] was something averted by benign English wisdom (see p114, Chapter 13, “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History”).
(4). The Review gets an opinion from historian Arthur Herman who, notwithstanding his “Churchill proved callously indifferent” above, states, QUOTE: “The idea that Churchill was in any way ‘responsible’ or ‘caused’ the Bengal famine is of course absurd. The real cause was the fall of Burma to the Japanese, which cut off India's main supply of rice imports when domestic sources fell short, which they did in Eastern Bengal after a devastating cyclone in mid-October 1942”. However this is simply incorrect.
1998 Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen (Harvard University, formerly at Cambridge University, who witnessed the Bengal Famine as a child and was awarded the Nobel Prize for studies on famines, including the Bengal Famine) is quite clear that the Bengal Famine was not due to absence of food but to greatly elevated price in a merciless, British-ruled free market in which those who couldn’t buy food simply starved. Burma occupation, Churchill’s shipping cut-backs, and divide-and-rule British granting of Indian provincial food autonomy and other factors all contributed to the real killer – the huge increase in the price of rice, the Bengali staple that led to millions starving in the midst of plenty.
(5). The Review then argues that “There was a war on. More pressing military matters were at hand which governed his actions and decisions”. This is indeed the view put forward by Professor Martin Gilbert in his book “A History of the Twentieth Century. Volume Two 1933-1951” (William Morrow, New York , 1998) that is remarkable and praiseworthy in British historiography for actually mentioning the Bengal Famine, quote [my additions in square brackets]: “In the summer of 1943, as supplies of rice ran out [incorrect], famine spread through Bengal. Its ravages were savage and swift. The poor, and villagers in the remoter regions were its main victims [people starved in Calcutta], not only in Bengal, but in neighboring Orissa and distant Malabar. Within a few months, as many as 1,500,000 Indians had died [6-7 million died, 1943-1945]. The Bengal Famine was one of the worst famines of the century [p522]…Between 1939 and 1945 disease and hunger had taken their toll, with war conditions making it much harder to organize alleviation. In Bengal, a million and half Indians died of starvation [6-7 million died in Bengal, Assam and Orissa] [p725]”.
Professor Sir Martin Gilbert (who I quote regularly on Jewish History and the Jewish Holocaust) used the “excuse “ for war exigencies for the inability of the British to take requisite action - yet he tells us in his Jewish Holocaust histories (e.g. Gilbert, M. (1982), Atlas of the Holocaust (Michael Joseph, London)) that 1 in 6 Jews died from deprivation. Just imagine if a history of the 20th century devoted just a couple of sentences to the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) and commented “Between 1939 and 1945 disease and hunger had taken their toll, with war conditions making it much harder to organize alleviation”. And yet Professor Gilbert’s book “A History of the Twentieth Century” is an outstanding exception in British historiography in actually mentioning the Bengal Famine (6-7 million dead), the Bengali Holocaust that was indeed the first WW2 atrocity to actually be described as a “Holocaust” by Jog in 1944 (see Jog, N.G. (1944), “Churchill’s Blind-Spot: India” (New Book Company, Bombay)).
Winston Churchill totally ignored the Bengali Holocaust (and the 6-7 million people he deliberately murdered) in his 6-volume work “The Second World War” for which in part he got the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature – and Professor Martin Gilbert also IGNORES the Bengali Holocaust in his “definitive” history of Winston Churchill (see Gilbert, M. (1991), “Churchill. A Life”, Heinemann, London). Just imagine a biography of Adolph Hitler that failed to mention the Jewish Holocaust.
In Austria today anyone denying or minimizing the Jewish Holocaust faces up to 10 years in prison and other European countries have similarly criminalized such denial. Indeed it is also an offence to deny the Armenian Genocide in France and Belgium and a few years ago Germany suggested that the EU criminalize denial of all recent holocausts. Indeed, I have argued that in the interests of free speech and unfettered scholarship that there should be no-penalty criminalization of denial or minimization of holocaust or genocide atrocities in general.(the only “punishment” for the holocaust minimizer would be the ignominy of public judicial exposure).
(6). The Review further quotes Arthur Herman [my corrections in square brackets]: "Churchill was concerned about the humanitarian catastrophe taking place there, and he pushed for whatever famine relief efforts India itself could provide; they simply weren't adequate [utterly incorrect]. Something like three million people died in Bengal and other parts of southern India as a result [6-7 million died]. We might even say that Churchill indirectly broke the Bengal famine by appointing as Viceroy Field Marshal Wavell, who mobilized the military to transport food and aid to the stricken regions (something that hadn't occurred to anyone, apparently) [Churchill repeatedly rejected Wavell calls for help].”
General Wavell’s diaries repeatedly make it clear that Churchill hated Indians and steadfastly refused his pleas for assistance with the Bengal Famine (see Moon, P. (1973) (editor), Wavell. The Viceroy’s Journal (Oxford University Press, London) and Chapter 14 and 15, “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History”).
(7). The Review makes the astonishing assertion that “If the famine had occurred in peacetime, it would have been dealt with effectively and quickly by the Raj, as so often in the past”. British India was maintained by starvation – indeed a very good account of this is given (with shocking photographs) by pro-Zionist Simon Schama in his “History of Britain” (which nevertheless ignores the WW2 Bengal Famine) (see Schama, S. (2002), “A History of Britain” (BBC, London); also see Davis, M. (2001), “Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World” (Verso, London) and “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” by Gideon Polya).
British mass murder of Indians commenced with the Great Bengal Famine in 1769-1779 (10 million deaths), concluded with the WW2 Bengal Famine (6-7 million deaths) and Churchill-inspired Indian Partition - and in between excess deaths (avoidable deaths) in 2 centuries of racist British rule totalled 1.8 billion. Yet these horrendous realities utterly ignored by Anglo historians (with a few notable exceptions) in a process of continuing, racist holocaust denial.
This is what Colin Mason says of the Bengal Famine in his “A Short History of Asia” (Macmillan, London, 2000, p178): “The famine, little publicized at the time because of war-time censorship, and, inexplicably, still ignored by many modern histories of India and most standard reference works … Several of the factors mentioned above suggest a British “scorched earth policy: design to deny assets in Bengal to the Japanese, at a monstrous cost, should they successfully invade India, Those consequences severely indict British policy-makers of the time, and the failure to investigate and acknowledge them, is to the discredit of all subsequent British governments”.
Today in the second decade of the 21st century we have the same continuing ignoring, denial, excusing and minimizing of not just the Bengal Famine (6-7 million dead) and the British Indian Holocaust (1.8 billion excess deaths) but of the continuing, present-day atrocities of the Palestinian Genocide, the Iraqi Genocide and the Afghan Genocide ( post-invasion excess deaths 0.3 million, 2.5 million and 4.5 million, respectively; post-invasion under-5 infant deaths 0.2 million , 0.9 million and 2.4 million, respectively; and refugees totalling 7 million, 5-6 million and 3-4 million, respectively).
There is an ongoing Muslim Holocaust that is simply ignored by the West (see the “Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide” website). Thus post-1950 avoidable deaths (excess deaths, deaths that did not have to happen) total 1.3 billion (the World), 1.2 billion (the non-European World) and 0.6 billion (the Muslim World), these estimates being consonant with estimates of post-1950 under-5 year old infant deaths totalling 0.88 billion (the World), 0.85 billion (the non-European World) and 0.4 billion (the Muslim World). 16 million people die avoidably each year on a Spaceship Earth (roughly half of them Muslims) with the First World in charge of the flight deck. Yet this ongoing Muslim Holocaust is utterly IGNORED in the racist, lying, Zionist-dominated Western Murdochracies (for details see “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”, G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007 ).
However man-made global warming (the major climate criminal culprits being Zionist-backed US Bush-ites and their White Australian lackeys) threatens an even greater atrocity of Climate Genocide that, according to top UK climate scientist Professor James Lovelock FRS, will leave only 500 million (mostly European) survivors by the end of the century. As with the Bengal Famine, the post-war global avoidable mortality holocaust, a large proportion of the victims of this looming Climate Genocide will be Muslims in a terminal Muslim Holocaust about 1,000 times greater than the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (see the “Climate Genocide” website).
The fundamental messages from the Nazi German Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) and the contemporaneous but “forgotten” (and when mentioned mostly “excused”) British Bengali Holocaust (6-7 million dead) are “zero tolerance for racism”, never again to anyone” and “bear witness”.
The latest estimates of the carnage in post-invasion Occupied Iraq are of 1.4 million violent deaths, a further 1.1 million non-violent excess deaths from deprivation, 0.9 million under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to Occupier war crimes) and 5-6 million refugees (simply see the “Iraqi Genocide” website for updated information); the violent and non-violent excess death sin Iraq (1990-2010) total 4.4 million (see the “Iraqi Genocide” website).
Will the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war even mention the carnage and devastation inflicted on Iraqi by Blair, Bush, Howard and their associates? Cognizant of Sir Martin Gilbert’s uneven record on the WW2 Bengali Holocaust (6-7 million dead) and Churchill’s role in that atrocity, one can well wonder how Chilcot Iraq War Inquiry member Sir Martin Gilbert (who enthusiastically supported the Iraq War) will deal with Blair’s complicity in the carnage in Iraq that has so far involved 2.5 million post-invasion Iraqi excess deaths and 4.4 million violent and non-violent excess Iraqi deaths since 1990.
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