1940-1949 | Antisemitism | Churchill's crimes | Deportation

Churchill anxious to achieve faster deportation of Jewish refugees

3 June 1940 On 3 June 1940, Winston Churchill wrote a minute to the Cabinet Secretary asking anxiously: ‘Has anything been done about shipping 20,000 internees to Newfoundland or St. Helena ?’ Churchill added, ‘I should like to get them on the high seas as soon as possible.’1 Within weeks of the start of the…

1800-1859 | Opium

Chinese destroy British opium leading to the First Opium War

3 June 1839 On 3 June 1839, Lin Zexu, an imperial commissioner of Qing China, ordered the destruction of illegal opium imports, which were being smuggled in increasing quantities by British traders.  China had banned the import of opium in 1800, but until 1839, traders had been able to purchase supplies from the British East…