New exhibit opens this month in Ontario with items on loan from The Churchill Archives Centre.
On 30 December 1941 while visiting Canada, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stood up to speak to Senators, Members of Parliament and guests in the House of Commons chamber. His words were carried around the world, by radio and film cameras, affording rare images of Churchill delivering one of his great wartime speeches.
In this speech, delivered in both French and English, Churchill used the occasion to recall how, in the summer of 1940, the French generals claimed that “in three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken,” before pausing and then remarking, “Some chicken! Some neck!” These lines captured and defined Churchill’s war leadership for both contemporaries and posterity.
On that same day, Yousuf Karsh snapped the now famous scowling photograph of Churchill in the Office of the Speaker of the House of Commons.
The 70th anniversary of the event – 30 December 1941 – was acknowledged in the House of Commons by Speaker Andrew Scheer.
Together with partners from the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, the University of Cambridge and supporters including The Globe and Mail and the Woodbridge Company Limited, The International Churchill Society of Canada and the International Churchill Centre, the Library is developing a special exhibit which will display: