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Churchill and the Bengal Famine

Churchill and the Bengal Famine

Leopold S. Amery, Sec­re­tary of State for India and Bur­ma 1940-45. (Wiki­me­dia Com­mons)

A wide­ly pub­li­cized 2010 book alleged that Churchill refused to help India dur­ing the 1943-44 famine in Ben­gal. The charges were explod­ed years ago, but the accu­sa­tion con­tin­ues to sur­face. Churchill’s sup­posed dark secrets and fatal flaws are pop­u­lar among those who refuse to read the full details on the mat­ter.

In 2010 the late Sir Mar­tin Gilbert, Churchill’s offi­cial biog­ra­ph­er, told me he had looked care­ful­ly into con­tem­po­rary 1943-44 doc­u­ments. He said they entire­ly exon­er­ate Churchill and the War Cab­i­net. He would pub­lish this mate­r­i­al in the appro­pri­ate vol­ume of the offi­cial biog­ra­phy, Win­ston S.

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