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Bulletin #49 – Jul 2012

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Registration for 2012 International Churchill Conference Now Open

Registration is now available for The Churchill Centre’s 2012 conference in Toronto 11-14 October.

King-Roosevelt-ChurchillMackenzie King, Franklin Roosevelt, & Winston Churchill
In his History of the English Speaking Peoples, Churchill wrote that the prime aim of the American “War Hawks,” led by Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun, during the War of 1812 “…was to seize Canada and establish American sovereignty throughout the whole Northern continent.” Of course this didn’t happen and Churchill concluded that the result of the war “was solid and enduring: “

“The war was a turning-point in the history of Canada. Many disagreements were still to shake Anglo-American relations. Thirty years later in the dispute over the possession of Oregon vast territories were involved and there was a threat of war. But henceforward the world was to see a three-thousand mile international frontier between Canada and the United States undefended by men or guns.”

The relationship between the U.S. and Canada has indeed been unique among neighboring international states and one that Churchill frequently reflected upon during his long life. Our 29th International Churchill Conference will focus on the evolution of this relationship as viewed through Churchill’s eyes. Churchill was as much an amateur historian as he was a politician and leader. His writings and speeches on America and Canada will focus our conversations and panel sessions. And, we have convened an impressive array of specialists–British, Canadian and U.S.–all of whom will enlighten, entertain and engage us with their presentations.

Find out all of the details on the conference here.

Join with us in beautiful Toronto and enjoy the vibrant nightlife, stunning architecture, great museums, galleries and theatres, wonderful vintage stores, and luxury shops. The city has 7,000 restaurants offering a range of cuisines to suit every taste. There is much to explore and see in this world class city. We know you won’t be disappointed.

Discover all the things to do in Toronto. You’ll find an abundance of vibrant nightlife, stunning architecture, great museums, galleries & theatre, wonderful vintage stores, luxury shops and everything in between

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British Minister Lord Marland Awards Daw Aung San Suu Kyi the Churchillian Prize

Churchill Centre Board Member honors opposition Burmese MP.

Lord-Marland-ASSKLord Marland presents the Churchill Award to Aung San Suu KyiLord Marland, UK Minister for Energy, presented Noble Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with the International Churchillian Award 2012, in recognition of her furtherance of the causes of democracy and freedom.

Lord Marland met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the Amara Hotel in Naypyidaw on 10 July 2012, accompanied by a delegation of 24 of the UK’s leading businesses—the first UK trade mission to the country in many years.

In developing its trade and investment relationship, the British government will be working closely with UK companies to ensure they promote the highest standards of corporate governance, human rights, and social and environmental responsibility.

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Churchill Goes Digital

The Churchill Centre adds the new Finest Hour digital edition. 

The Churchill Centre has secured another beachhead in the digital world, placing a foot firmly on the shore of the 21st century in order to reach more Churchillians across the world.

FH155-CoverFinest Hour 155 due out later this month.Finest Hour is now available in a new digital format, in addition to its current print format, which continues to be treasured and collected by members. It’s now available on all of the standard reader platforms including the iPad, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, along with being available on the web with any PC or laptop.

Current members of The Churchill Centre, at a level of $100 or above, will now see this included as part of their annual membership, along with all the other great reasons to be Churchill Centre member.

Members will continue to also receive the print edition of Finest Hour; access to all of the online content including back issues of Finest Hour; our monthly email newsletter Chartwell Bulletin, covering all of the recent Churchill news; and invitations to local, national, and international events.

If you are not yet a member at this level and wish to upgrade your membership, please contact Dan Myers at [email protected] or by telephone on +1-888-WSC-1874 or +1 (630) 512-9341.

If you are not yet a Churchill Centre member and wish to subscribe to our new digital edition only, you can do so for $24.95/yr by following this link. If you would like to become with all of the other benefits, please follow this link.

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Celia Sandys Delivers the Churchill Lecture at The Morgan Library (Watch or Listen)

Winston Churchill’s grand daughter Celia Sandys discusses ‘Churchill on Leadership’ in the Churchill Literary Series. 

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During her recent stay in New York, Celia Sandys presented the Churchill Lecture for the opening of The Churchill Archives exhibit at the Morgan Library in New York City. 

The lecture is part of the Winston Churchill Literary Series, a program of The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, and The Writing Center at Hunter College.

Sandys was introduced by Churchill Centre and Churchill Archives Centre benefactor, and Literary Series patron, Tina Santi Flaherty.

Click below to listen to an audio recording of the lecture.

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Unseen Video of Churchill Makes the Cut of The Prince of Wales Jubilee Tribute

HRH The Prince of Wales comments on Churchill’s service to the British people in his jubilee tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth.

The Prince of Wales, as a tribute during the recent 60 year jubilee celebration for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, created an hour-long documentary which was shown on TV. The film contains many never before seen images and movies from the personal collection of the Royal Family, including some home movies of Winston and Clementine Churchill. You can watch it in its entirety by clicking below. The Churchill images begin just around minute 19:00. 

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Charlie Rose Hosts Panel on WSC for Opening of “Winston Churchill: The Power of Words”

Churchill grand daughter Celia Sandys on hand with Lord Watson, Peter Clarke, and David Reynolds.

On his PBS series last month, Charlie Rose hosted a spirited panel discussion on the life of Winston S. Churchill. His guests were in New York for the occasion of the opening of The Churchill Archives exhibit at the Morgan Library in New York, Winston Churchill: The Power of Words.

The exhibition opened in lower Manhattan on June 8th to great applause.

The elegant crowd at the Morgan for the opening evening included London’s Mayor Borris Johnson and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg among the 300 guests. 

Mrs. Schlossberg’s father, President John F. Kennedy was the first American president to confer an honorary U.S. Citizenship and that distinction went to Winston S. Churchill. Among the many documents and artifacts on display for the exhibition this summer is Churchill’s American passport. 

The exhibit runs through September 2012. 


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New WWII Educational Website Launched

Noted historian and filmmaker Laurence Rees launches excellent new WWII multimedia education resource.  

ww2historywebsiteMultimedia website, created by historian and filmmaker Lawrence Rees, is now free to access without subscription. The site, which provides a multimedia history of the Second World War, features articles, videos and audio testimonies, covering key moments of the conflict, many recorded by those who experienced the events firsthand. Among those who have contributed to the site are Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, Professor Richard Overy and author Antony Beevor.

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Mr Churchill’s Profession: Statesman, Orator, Writer, By Peter Clarke

The writing aventures of an author who saved the western world.

By Paul Addison

Mr Churchill’s Profession: Statesman, Orator, Writer
By Peter Clarke (Bloomsbury 347pp £20)

LITERARY REVIEW—Churchill the statesman had a lifelong ally in Churchill the writer. The statesman won office and power but a ministerial salary never covered more than a fraction of the costs of a Churchillian lifestyle. It was the huge sums he commanded as a journalist and author that enabled him to enter the House of Commons and support a wife, family and substantial household, not to mention magnums of champagne. But his writings were also an integral part of his politics – advertising his name, vindicating his record, and publicising his ideas.
Winston Churchill at work
In his book In Command of History (2004), David Reynolds revealed the inside story of the writing of Churchill’s war memoirs. The discovery that much of the text was ghost written or economical with the truth had curiously little effect on his reputation: myth-making, perhaps, counted as one of his claims to fame. The centrepiece of Mr Churchill’s Profession is a parallel study of the last of his major works, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. First published in four volumes in 1956-8, its reception at the time was flattering to the point of sycophancy. Nowadays it is little read and generally regarded as inferior Churchill – the history obsolete, the style more fake reproduction than original. While less dismissive of the merits of the book, Peter Clarke is more impressed by the fact that it was ever written at all. When Julian Huxley took Churchill to see the giant panda at London Zoo in 1939, Churchill gazed at it for a while and remarked: ‘It exceeded all my expectations.’ In Mr Churchill’s Profession, Churchill is the giant panda and Clarke the astonished observer.

Clarke gives us the fullest account yet of Churchill’s hair-raising attitude towards money. He estimates that in the 1930s Churchill’s earnings from a variety of literary activities, journalism included, were the equivalent in today’s terms of around £600,000 a year. But as he writes: ‘Churchill’s system depended on mortgaging the future to provide cash flow in the present.’ With the help of accountants and legal advisers, Churchill did his best to avoid income tax, but deficit finance was his default position. The huge advances he obtained from publishers were frittered away in the belief that he could always raise more if and when the money ran out, which it invariably did. In 1937 he was compelled to put Chartwell on the market, only to be rescued at the last minute by a wealthy financier who took over his debts.

Churchill lost a small fortune in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. But there was money to be made by writing for the American as well as the British market. Hence the idea of a history of the ‘English-speaking peoples’, for which he signed a lucrative contract with Cassell in 1933. The final deadline for delivery was 1939. Having taken on many other money-spinning projects, he was slow to get going and left himself precious little time to complete the book. But once engaged on the task he became an enthusiastic student of Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval history, mugging it up at Chartwell and dictating the text night after night into the small hours. With the help of the young Bill Deakin he also sought the advice of professional historians and often accepted their corrections. He seems to have been in awe of G M Young, who addressed him like a tutor ticking off a first-year student: ‘Really, you are flogging a dead horse here.’ But no one could persuade him to part with much-loved old chestnuts like the story of Alfred and the cakes. His verdict on the Arthurian legend was definitive: ‘It is all true, or ought to be.’

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Winston Churchill at the Controls of the Most Dangerous Flight of the Second World War

Cigar between his teeth, controls in his hand; Churchill in the pilot’s seat of the ‘most daring flight of the whole war’.
Churchill piloting the ‘Berwick’
By Telegraph Reporters

THE TELEGRAPH, 9 July 2012—A collection of photographs showing Winston Churchill on board a transatlantic flight that was hunted by the Luftwaffe and the British Royal Air Force have been discovered.

The archive has emerged from the family of the man who was detailed to take photos on the Prime Minister’s return journey from the United States in January 1942.

Flight Officer Ron Buck kept back his own pictures from the trip that was later described as the “Most Daring Flight of the Whole War.”
Churchill had crossed the Atlantic by ship in order to lobby President Roosevelt to fight in Europe, but decided to fly home from Bermuda.
With some of his most senior colleagues, the Prime Minister embarked on what was to become a perilous 18 hours flight on the Boeing Clipper flying boat RMA “Berwick”.

Flight Officer Buck was an amateur photographer and this collection has remained in his family for the 70 years since the flight.
The archive includes a signed dinner menu from the historic crossing and a cartoon mocking the Luftwaffe because of its failure to shoot down the plane.

The menu showed they ate a shrimp cocktail, cold buffet, chicken, ham, beetroot, Bartlett pears with cream followed by coffee.
The photos show Churchill, cigar in mouth, at the controls of the plane, and also at the dinner table, glass in hand. He was the first head of state to cross the Atlantic by plane.

The Berwick, a Royal Mail Aircraft, had to be lightened in order to have enough fuel for the journey that was still a daring distance at that time.

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Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill’s Grand Daughter on Art and Israel

Sculptress Edwina Sandys scouts locations in Israel.

By Anav Silverman

THE HUFFINGTON POST, 29 June 2012—On a recent visit to Israel, legendary sculptress, Edwina Sandys, toured the country looking for an appropriate location for her next project, called Circle, a monumental sculpture which celebrates the advancement of women. It will be Sandys’ first sculpture to stand in Israel.

Photo: Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency. Edwina Sandys with her art and sculpture book in Jerusalem.Sandys planned sculpture for Israel contains a larger commentary on the status of women worldwide. Her monumental sculpture will entail a circle of upright stones, in black and white, cast in the shapes of women, connected by a lintel across the top.

In an exclusive interview, Sandys explained that Israel is one of the most suitable places in the world for such a sculpture. “Israel is at the forefront of women being treated equally, relative to other areas of the world.”

“There are shining examples of women advancing here, if you look at the army, politics — former Prime Minister Golda Meir. The responsibilities that women have here are impressive. I look at Israel as a forward, progressive country which has done much in the advancement of women’s rights in all stations of life,” notes Sandys.

Photo: Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency. Edwina Sandys with her art and sculpture book in Jerusalem.

During her trip, Sandys met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who she says was “very pleased with her project.”

“The Prime Minister knew a lot about my grandfather. He’s read all the books about Winston Churchill — I’ll have to find a book that he [Netanyahu] hasn’t yet read about him,” she adds jokingly.

“One particular sculpture that the Prime Minister liked of mine was my War and Peace sculpture, which portrays a jet fighter plane with the shape of a dove cut out inside. It’s an allegorical piece that explores the concepts of strength and peace.”

Born in 1938, Edwina grew up in the post-World War II era in London. “My grandfather [Winston Churchill] was the first artist I knew,” she explains. “As a young girl, I used to watch grandfather paint and I liked watching him make his magic on the canvas.”

“But Grandad never thought of himself as an artist, as he was so busy doing other things.”

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Winston Churchill’s Pre-World War I Sea Plane to Take Off Again

Waterbird flies again: Churchill’s pre-World War I sea plane to take off in Lake District National Park plan to lift 10mph marine speed limit.

Editors Note: Winston Churchill, during his sixty years in Parliament, was ever the champion of new technologies and the area of aviation is no exception. Included in his intimate circle of advisers was Professor Lindemann (later Lord Cherwell), on whom he grew to rely for opinions of all matters of science and technology. As this article illustrates, Churchill was constantly looking to use new technologies in his roles in government. 

Winston Churchill took part in Waterbird’s maiden flightTHE DAILY MAIL, 27 May 2012—Winston Churchill’s first pre-war seaplane is set to take to the skies for the first time in over 100 years.

Championed by Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, Waterbird made its maiden flight in November 1911, making it Britain’s first seaplane.

The late Prime Minister even joined creator Edward Wakefield behind the controls when the pioneering craft first took flight.

A century on, a replica of the Waterbird is being built and campaigners want to make 12 tourist flights a year on Lake Windermere in the Lake District.

They just need to convince the government to lift a 10mph limit on the lake.

The limit was imposed in 2005 after a pressure group campaigned to restore the tranquility of England’s largest lake.

Waterbird needs a waiver because it has to skim the surface of the water before becoming airborne at 30mph.

The Lake District National Park Authority is backing the proposal, along with the Lakes Flying Company, the charity behind the project.

And they plan to submit a request to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the next two weeks.

Bob Cartwright, spokesman for the National Park, is confident DEFRA will grant the waiver.

He told the Sunday Times: ‘We believe this could become a significant tourist attraction.’

The project also has the backing Sir Humphrey Wakefield, the great nephew of Waterbird’s creator Edward Wakefield.

Sir Humphrey, a trustee of the Lakes Flying Company, says, ‘This plane provides us with an astounding link to the pioneering days of aviation. It would be very mean-spirited if they didn’t waive the rules.’

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Sir Winston Churchill Painting to Fetch £750,000

1930’s Churchill painting to leave the hands of the Churchill family.

THE TELEGRAPH, 14 June 2012—The oil on canvas called Still Life With Orchids was painted by the former Prime Minister in the 1930s but never gained public attention as he gave it to a relative.

However, the discovery has led to acclaim from experts, who have described the piece as “technically accomplished”.

The wartime leader occasionally gave away his work, primarily to family and statesmen he admired, but he could not resist attractive women asking him to part with the pieces.

In this case, the recipient was Margot Sandys, the young wife of his daughter’s father-in-law, to whom Churchill gave this painting in 1936 and it has remained in the family ever since.

The Churchill Archives in Cambridge confirmed that Mrs Sandys first saw the painting at Chartwell, Churchill’s home in Kent and it is due to go under the hammer next month.

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From the Archives of Finest Hour: Churchill and Eastern Europe

Churchill and Eastern Europe, from Finest Hour 84 by Stanley E. Smith.

In July 1945 much of the fate of post-war Eastern Europe was decided at the Potsdam Conference. Though Winston Churchill was unceremoniously put out of office mid-way through the conference, we thought on this 57th anniversary of Potsdam we would reflect on Churchill’s views of Eastern Europe. If you would also like to see Part I of this article, see Finest Hour 83. 

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Churchillians-by-the-Bay “Glow-Worm” for Summer 2012

Latest issue of the newsletter published by the Churchillians-by-the-Bay of Northern California.

Editors Note: Long-time members of The Churchill Centre may be aware that the Northern Californians’ newsletter “Glow-Worm” was edited and published by Carol Mueller. We learned sadly that Carol passed away earlier this year, but before she did, she asked longstanding Churchillian Jim Lancaster, who is based in the French countryside, to take over for her as editor. This issue is the first that Mr Lancaster has published and we’d like to dedicate issue #49 of Chartwell Bulletin to Carol’s memory. We look forward to many more issues being published in the future. 

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