Perhaps not quite right

Oliver Duncan Stanley was born in Liverpool in 1925, son of Bernard Stanley, a factory machinist whose parents came to Britain to escape Jewish persecution.

Fairly sure that’s meant to mean persecution of Jews, not by. And yet we’d all agree that “Nazi persecution” would be that by, not of.

12 thoughts on “Perhaps not quite right”

  1. Dunno about the Nazis.

    If Oliver was born in 1925 and it was his father Bernard’s parents who were escaping persecution.

  2. Sorry, several are missing the point. Yes, I know the immigration happened before the Nazis. It was likely escaping the pogroms in the shtetls instead.

    It’s the linguistic bit I’m talking about, the Nazis are only used to illustrate that composition of the phrase, nothing to do with whatever persecution was being fled from.

  3. I think ‘Britain to escape Jewish persecution’ is allowed. Just as we talk about black slavery.

  4. My grandfather used to hide in the shed with a bottle of whisky to escape Jewish persecution.

    Unfortunately, her indoors would eventually find him and continue the Hebraic berations.

  5. “Just as we talk about black slavery.”

    Yes, how we liberated all those blacks from slavery (or from being eaten), so they could enjoy a better standard of life on the other side of the Atlantic. erm…

  6. I dunno why people keep crying about black slavery, I thought increasing BAME representation in the workplace was meant to be a good thing?

  7. Dennis: Oppressor, Warmonger, Capitalist and Consumer of Petroleum Products

    Fairly sure that’s meant to mean persecution of Jews, not by.

    In the age of Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders one cannot be entirely sure of that.

  8. @Snag
    Yes, and thousands of years ago Egyptians used Black slaves to build pyramids etc. Makes one wonder if Blacks were genetically pre-disposed to be slaves (domesticated animals?)

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