Peaky Blinders: What does 'perish Judah' mean?

Peaky Blinders Oswald Mosley

Peaky Blinders' fifth series has come to a dramatic conclusion.

Series 5 of Peaky Blinders has now come to an end in thoroughly dramatic fashion.

After working on the scheme all series long, Tommy Shelby's plan to rid the world of the notorious Oswald Mosley, a disgraced politician and fascist, went very pear-shaped and saw the Peaky Blinders gang decimated.

During the episode though, we see Oswald Mosley conduct a speech in the same vein as German fascist counterpart Adolf Hitler where the crowd of onlookers at one point chant the phrase 'perish Judah' but what exactly does it mean? 

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The story of Peaky Blinders series 5

Peaky Blinders' fifth series, set around the Wall Street crash of 1929 sees Tommy Shelby make a name for himself in the House of Commons after becoming an MP.

In doing so, he becomes an associate of one Oswald Mosley, a fellow politician only much more controversial.

As the series progresses, Mosley looks to Shelby for assistance and sensing an opportunity, Tommy accepts but puts a plan in motion to assassinate the fascist politician.

However, it doesn't quite go to plan as Mosley's blackshirts put an end to the plot and wipe out a number of significant Peaky Blinders.

Peaky Blinders

What does 'perish Judah' mean?

In the final episode, we see Oswald Mosley conduct a typically fascist rally, commonplace in the 1930s from the likes of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. 

During said speech, the crowd of onlookers begin to chant the hideous phrase 'perish Judah' which effectively means 'death to Jews,' something not out of place at a fascist rally back in the 1930s or even in more recent times. 

Peaky Blinders Sam Claflin As Oswald Mosley

What eventually happened to Oswald Mosley?

While we were all rooting for Tommy Shelby's plan of having Mosley assassinated to succeed, unfortunately, it falls through, in part so that the historical accuracy of the show can be maintained.

After the failed attempt of his life in Peaky Blinders, the real Oswald Mosley died in 1980 at the unfortunately grand old age of 84 after a life of controversy, failed election bids and time in prison during WWII.

While Peaky Blinders may be over, for now, it is understood that another series is in the works.

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