1917: “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”
“In present circumstances it is felt that school children could give most valuable assistance in collecting the [horse] chestnuts . . .”
What could possibly link the Balfour Declaration with a Board of Education circular urging British youngsters to gather conkers? The answer: cordite, acetone, the bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum and the chemist (and ardent Zionist) Chaim Weizmann.