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Winston Churchill and the Jews

Not far from the Western Wall, an oversized bust of Winston Churchill overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem. It was erected not to honor the prime minister for Britain’s near-impossible victory over Nazi Germany but to commemorate his support of the Jewish people and Zionism.

Ambassador Ido Aharoni will discuss Churchill’s relationship with Jews—so out of sync with the fashionable anti-Semitism of his time and station—as well as his struggles against government bureaucrats to assist Jewish refugees and establish a Jewish homeland.

Aharoni will be joined in conversation by Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s 79-year-old granddaughter. An artist of international acclaim, Ms. Sandys has created monumental sculptures for the UN. Two versions of her sculpture, Breakthrough, are forged from sections of the Berlin Wall and another uses a scarred fragment of the World Trade Center to pay tribute to freedom.