Trivia: name the Nobelist!


To lighten the mood a bit – a trivia question! Readers are invited to guess the identity of the Nobel-prizewinning writer who in 1920 wrote the following repellent passages. No specialised knowledge of literature is necessary: this is a figure known well to everyone, so please have a go. Leave guesses in the comments, and don’t use a search engine to cheat.

Update: Bowled for a duck! Yes, as a clever reader correctly picked, the author is Winston Churchill, and the article is “Zionism versus Bolshevism“, from the Illustrated Sunday Herald. (I’ve removed the excerpt posted here, otherwise Churchill’s language would see this blog fall foul of workplace web filters). The gist of the piece is that

The struggle which is now beginning between the Zionist and Bolshevik Jews is little less than a struggle for the soul of the Jewish people.

How dispiriting to consider that Churchill and Hitler achieved victory over the enemy. “Jewish Marxism” was indeed vanquished. 

Most people are aware of Churchill’s fanatical, lifelong anti-communism; perhaps some have read his 1937 admission that he would ‘not pretend that, if I had to choose between Communism and Naziism, I would choose Communism.’ The Chamberlain-Halifax-Henderson wing of the British ruling class was not isolated in its attitude to prewar diplomacy: for Churchill, too, the Soviet Union was enemy number one.


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6 Responses to “Trivia: name the Nobelist!”

  1. Daniel Golding Says:

    Ha! Churchill maybe? I don’t know too many Nobel winners off the top of my head.

  2. Nick Says:

    Damn, you, Golding! 🙂

    I wanted someone to get it right, but not with the first comment! Emphasising the literature angle clearly didn’t muddy the waters as much as I’d thought. Nice work.

  3. Daniel Golding Says:

    Ah crap! It was a complete guess too, I only said it because I was reminded by that ABC film about him on the weekend that he won a Nobel, and I always knew he was a racist bastard. :p

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