By Avraham Reiss
October 18, 2010
Joshua18 posted in a JC Blogpost dated 20 September 10: “Andrew Roberts: Britain Blew Up Jewish Refugee Ships”
” … Of course the hostility of the British establishment toward Jewish immigration into Palestine since long before the notorious 1939 White Paper on the subject is well-known—even King George VI wrote that year to say that he was “glad to think that steps are being taken to prevent these people leaving their country of origin”— …”.
A quick Google revealed that King George VI did far more than merely write that “he was glad to think that …”. His Royal Majesty in fact went as far as instructing the Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax to do something about it. The following was taken from the Guardian dated 14 April 2002:
“… Support for appeasement of Hitler was common among the British establishment during the 1930s. Conservative MPs who publicly opposed the policy, such as Winston Churchill, were threatened with de-selection.
The historian Andrew Roberts believes that Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement policy ‘commended itself to the royal family on a number of levels. It was, correctly, considered axiomatic that another war would spell doom for the British Empire.’
Some documents from the period have already entered the public domain, giving an indication of the royal couple’s views. In the spring of 1939 George VI instructed his private secretary to write to Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax. Having learnt that ‘a number of Jewish refugees from different countries were surreptitiously getting into Palestine’, the King was ‘glad to think that steps are being taken to prevent these people leaving their country of origin.’ Halifax’s office telegraphed Britain’s ambassador in Berlin asking him to encourage the German government ‘to check the unauthorised emigration’ of Jews.”
Halifax’s telegraph in 1939 initiating the request that Hitler not allow “unauthorised” Jews to leave Germany, was thus a direct result of George VI’s letter to him. When it came to anti-semitism, King George VI did not stutter at all!
And to show that King George VI was not alone in British Royalty’s connections with Germany, here are a few items for your perusal …
The list of Nazi royals also includes a number from the principality of Hesse, next door to Lippe. Amongst them is Prince Christoph of Hesse, another of the jolly members of the Ritter SS – and brother-in-law to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Sunday Times 16 Jan 2005
German roots still a royal embarrassment
However, more embarrassing than names the length of a bus are the family’s links to Nazi Germany. The duke is Greek and some of his relatives sympathised with the Nazis; others joined them. One brother-in-law, Prince Christoph of Hesse, was a member of the SS and flew fighters that attacked allied troops in Italy. In fact, so many of Philip’s relatives had Nazi links that when he married Princess Elizabeth he was severely limited on the guests he could invite.
More notoriously, his [King George VI's] brother, the former King Edward VIII, who became the Duke of Windsor after abdicating in 1936, was sympathetic towards Hitler. Even in 1970 he told one interviewer: “I never thought Hitler was such a bad chap.”
Other royals also had links to the Nazis. Baron Gunther von Reibnitz, the father of Princess Michael of Kent, was a party member and an honorary member of the SS. And the brother of Princess Alice, a great-aunt to the Queen, was a Nazi who said that Hitler had done a “wonderful job”.
And for some eye-opening accusations that will set your head spinning, read:
Interesting to note that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has never visited Israel.
Prince Phillip has visited once, for a personal reason: His mother, Princess Alice, is buried at her request in Jerusalem, and in 1994 he came to visit her grave and to receive the Medal of Honour of Righteous Amongst the Nations, awarded to her by Israel’s Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial, for hiding – and saving – a Jewish family in Athens during the WWII Nazi occupation of Greece. A tree was planted at Yad VaShem in her name.
Prince Charles represented Britain at Rabin’s funeral.