Major Farran's Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism, 1945-1948 Hardcover – 5 Mar 2009
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David Cesarani ... has now combined the excitement of a thriller with the use of hitherto unexamined sources ... Cesarani's meticulous investigation of 'counter-gang' and 'pseudo-gang' techniques leads to this great conclusion: Wherever the form was employed it resulted in illegality, extra-judicial execution (that is to say murder) and scandal. The toxic legacy of the special squads contaminated British colonial policy for decades. --Jonathan Mirsky, Spectator
In 200 or so tightly written and commendably referenced pages Professor David Cesarani tells the tragic story of Rubowitz and the equally tragic story of Farran, against the dreadful backcloth of the last, bloody years of the Palestine Mandate. --Jewish Chronicle
... an expose of the last days of the British mandate in Palestine and the tension between the civil and military authorities in the struggle against various strands of the Zionist movement ... the great triumph of this book is in exposing what happens when those in the world of intelligence work outside the law ... MAJOR FARRAN'S HAT is a piece of contemporary history with bite and verve. --Tony Kushner, Times High Education
`In 200 or so tightly written and commendably referenced pages Professor David Cesarani tells the tragic story of Rubowitz and the equally tragic story of Farran, against the dreadful backcloth of the last, bloody years of the Palestine Mandate.'See all Product Description
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Some interesting background to the crisis. The writer mentions without any moral judgement that Stern approached the Nazis against Britain! He says Bevin exaggerated the US Israeli lobby but later says that Truman promoted for domestic votes Jewish immigration to Palestine.
Has a dig at Farran's "deep and primitive" Catholic faith and also how he shot Germans in Crete during a savage battle. Farran is pitiless to his enemies. At least he didn't hang them or booby trap them I suppose. Also Farran has a blatant disregard for the law. Hello David, Palestine was pretty lawless at the time.
To ensure the reader is unsure if Farran is a bad egg the fact that he has £100 when he escaped was a "hint that he was not quite as innocent as he pretended to be". It's just relentless. He also has a low dig against Farran saying he didn't fight the Nazis to stop the Holocaust and couldn't have cared less for the Jews. Farran's legal team is described as "pushy". He has "powerful friends in London". On verdict Farran's mother shows "cloyingly sentimental expressions of relief". Newspapers who agree with verdict are "jingoistic". He got it dead right about Browning, one of the most slippery and incompetent senior officers in the Army at that time.
The sergeants killings and King David hotel bombing are passed over quite quickly, the riots are dragged out like Kristallnacht.Read more ›
What I found particularly intesting was the ramifications, political and terrorist, in Europe and in England,as those serving in Palestine had little acces to media reports from England. Infomative and interesting. CLEVELAND
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A very biased book of an alleged incident during the Palestinian Mandate. For the true version of what happened read 'Winged Dagger' by Major Faran.Published 1 month ago by K. R. Clements
Major Farran a highly decorated ex SAS officer leading a covert- terrorist squad fighting for British rule in Palestine.
Good interesting reading.