UNOFFICAL HISTORY OF OXFAM
Here’s some sordid history of Oxfam wants hidden away, re-written to suit their current persona as all round good guys.
Going back to its beginnings the main man behind the formation of Oxfam was Theodore Richard Milford, technically Cannon Theodore Richard Milford.
This Quaker dominated rabble of upper-class landed Englishmen weren’t initially just interested in humanitarian aid; they also thought the Allies should cease hostilities with Germany and sue for peace.
Complete ‘put up the white flag’ madness.
At the time, 1942, the Luftwaffe was raining bombs down on their houses, aid ships torpedoed by U-Boats, their countrymen dying in their hundreds every-day, but these trifling facts didn’t deter the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief.
Many of the original members, drivers like Professor Gilbert Murray were scared from seeing action in World War One and believed strongly in the League of Nations cure-all diplomacy.
The first charitable act undertaken by Oxfam in the middle of WW2 was partitioning MP’s to break an Allied blockade of Axis dominated Greece much to the chagrin of the British Government, Churchill in particular. Their concerns that the aid would fall into enemy hands was in-part realised.
Oxfam likes to paint their relief of Greece as a personal success but they don’t tell you is the Greeks were starving because the occupying Axis troops were plundering their resources.
They leave out the bit that Hitler and Mussolini ran the very same dictatorships Oxfam wanted their Government to negotiate with, for all intents and purposes surrender to.
And in another David Irvingesque re-write of historic record concerning the Greek Famine of WW2 it was the Red Cross that brokered a deal so food could be delivered, undertook the logistics – not Oxfam, they proselytised and raised funds only.
No one running the Allied war campaign took a bunch of idle rich peaceniks like Oxfam seriously.
Ironically Oxfam’s first true on-the-ground undertaking was to supply aid to a defeated and devastated Germany, campaigning for post-war Britain’s to reduce their rations and donate those reductions to Germans.
That’s right you read it right: Oxfam’s first shipment of humanitarian aid went to Germany.
The atlases at Oxford and Cambridge in 1946 can’t have had Africa on them.
As you would expect, these manoeuvrings by Oxfam just after WW2 went down like a cup of cold sick amongst their countrymen.
Many of Oxfam’s original leadership also had links to the ultra-pacifist group The Peace Pledge Union who like the majority of Oxfam’s members were Conscientious Objectors during WW2. The PPU were against the bombing of Germany cities and in favour of repatriating captured Axis prisoners. In short: nutters some of which actually went to Germany to work in a twisted belief they could broker a peace by integrating into Nazi Germany.
Both Oxfam and The Peace Pledge Union were despised by the majority of Brits as unpatriotic freeloaders, de-facto collaborators - which in reality, given the times, they were.
If Oxfam had of had their way, you and I would be conversing in German.
Footnote: The Song below rather appropriately translates as ‘House of Lies’