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Margaret Thatcher’s Greatest Accomplishment
Accolades and an international outpouring of sympathies over the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher are dominating the headlines today. As praises abound for her political career, we felt it appropriate that we recognize her for the thing that she always called her most meaningful accomplishment.

Although Mrs. Thatcher could have named almost anything from a long list of political accomplishments, it was something that happened in 1938, when she was 12 years old, that she cited throughout her entire life as her greatest accomplishment. Her older sister had received a letter from her pen-pal Edith Muhlbauer, a 17-year-old Austrian Jewish girl. Edith asked the Robert’s family (Margaret’s maiden name) to help her escape Vienna where the Nazis were beginning to round up the Jew, Margaret and Muriel went to work raising funds and recruiting the local Rotary club to assist in arranging Edith’s escape.

Once Edith arrived in Great Britain, she stayed for short periods of time with several families, including, of course, the Roberts. Edith has said that had it not been for the Roberts"I would have stayed in Vienna and they (the Nazis) would have killed me.” Margaret recalled that,"She taught us what it was like to live as a Jew under an anti-Semitic regime. One thing Edith reported particularly stuck in my mind: The Jews were being made to scrub the streets.” Margaret was outraged, but it taught her a life lesson –"Never hesitate to do what you can, for you may save a life.”

Not only was Mrs. Thatcher the first British Prime Minister to visit Israel, those close to her consistently said that there was not even"the faintest trace of anti-Semitism in her make up.” In fact she was a cofounder of the Anglo-Israeli Friendship League of Finchley and a member of the Conservative Friends of Israel. Finchley was her parliamentary district. She was proud to be a member of the heavily populated Jewish constituency where she witnessed people uncommonly taking care of others. She said that,"In the thirty-three years that I represented Finchley, I never had a Jew come in poverty and desperation to one of my town meetings. She believed that Christians "would take closer note of the Jewish emphasis on self-help and acceptance of personal responsibility.”

Not everyone will agree with every decision she made as Prime Minister. Not everyone will agree with every decision that she made relative to Israel. However, the fact that she loved and cared so much for Israel and the Jews is undeniable. Five members of her cabinet were Jews. She often said that she simply could not understand anti-Semitism.

Source material for this story included the Tablet, the Jewish Press, and Act for Australia.


Dr. Michael D. Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, having penned numerous titles including nonfiction book Jimmy Carter: the Liberal Left and World Chaos, in which he compares the Obama and Carter presidencies; and Atomic Iran; and the fiction book, The Samson OptionGame Changer; and his newest titles Persia: The Final JihadLiving in Favor of God (FOG)The LocketLiving Fear Free7DaysThe CandidateThe Final GenerationCursedThe Light, and The Protocols. His latest release is The Revolution which is about democracy, dictators, deception and the birthing of a Caliphate. Evans' books are available at www.TimeWorthybooks.com. You can read his full biography on Wikipedia. Dr. Evans also runs the news site JerusalemWorldNews where you can receive current intel on Israel and the Middle East.