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Bulletin #83 – May 2015

A free journal published monthly by The Churchill CentreEditor: David Freeman, Ph.D.  Contact the Editor via e-mail here.

Churchill Centre Podcast #2

Listen to the latest podcast from The Churchill Centre

In this month’s podcast, we discuss Churchill, Joe Kennedy, and liquor. Additionally, the editor of Finest Hour discusses how the journal of The Churchill Centre is put together. A Parrot named Clio joins us, too.

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Seventieth Anniversary of V-E Day

Spring Issue of Finest Hour Commemorates End of War in Europe

FH168-coverThe spring issue of The Churchill Centre’s quarterly journal Finest Hour has now been published. In it we mark seventy years since the end of the Second World War in Europe with examinations of Churchill’s management of his civilian and military responsibilities as Prime Minister and Minister of Defence. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has provided a letter of introduction to set the tone. In addition to our features, we have reviews of fifteen new books that deal with Churchill and Churchill-related subjects including two novels. Read More >

Official Churchill Biography Goes Digital

Official Churchill Biography Now Available on Kindle 

official-churchill-biography-digitalRosetta Books, in partnership with Hillsdale College, have published all eight volumes of the official biography of Sir Winston Churchill in digital format, bringing this highly acclaimed masterpiece firmly into the twenty-first century. The digital volumes are fully searchable and include the ability to bookmark and make personal notations throughout. You can easily return to your favourite passages time after time, online, in your browser or on any device. Read More >

Churchill Bust Donated to Pentagon by UK Ministry of Defence

The Churchill Centre’s Executive Director, Lee Pollock, Speaks at Washington Ceremony

On 6 May a new bust of Winston Churchill was unveiled at the Pentagon by United States Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work and General Sir Nicholas Houghton, Chief of the British Defence Staff. The finished bronze, created at 1 1/2 times life-size, was crafted by British sculptor Vivien Mallock and is a gift from the British Ministry of Defence to the permanent collection of the United States Department of Defense. Read More >

Madeleine Albright Honored by The Churchill Centre

Former Secretary of State Receives 2015 Churchill Leadership Award

New York City: On 21 April The Churchill Centre presented the 2015 Churchill Leadership Award to former American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The award was presented by Laurence Geller, Chairman of The Churchill Centre, and Jean-Paul Montupet, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Churchill Museum. The presentation of the award was preceded by remarks from Randolph Churchill and former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Read More >

Churchill et de Gaulle

Exhibition in Paris Explores Important Relationship
Musée de l’Armée, 10 April–26 July
Reviewed for The Churchill Centre by ANTOINE CAPET

churchill-and-degaulleThe Hôtel des Invalides, which houses both the Musée de l’Armée (French Army Museum) and the Historial Charles de Gaulle, a large permanent display devoted to the life and action of the General, mounted a special joint Churchill–de Gaulle exhibition on the occasion both of the seventieth anniversary of the Liberation of France and the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill. The project was a cooperative effort, with strong British participation, notably from the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, providing advice and exhibits to complement the contributions from the Fondation Charles de Gaulle and the Musée de l’Armée. Read More >

Rotterdam’s Striking Churchill Bust

Terracota Maquette from Artist’s Estate Now for Sale

Verbon Churchill bust“It is magnificent, but you credited me with more character than I think I’ve got.”—Winston Churchill to Willem Verbon in response to viewing the bust at 10 Downing Street, 1954

This remarkable likeness of Sir Winston Churchill was created from life in 1953 at the behest of the city of Rotterdam. Sculpted by Willem Verbon (1921-2003), the finished bronze stands in the Dutch city to this day, a compelling reminder of the reverence bestowed upon Churchill in the Netherlands. This deeply expressive work in terracotta represents the original maquette for the sculpture, which survived in the artist’s studio until it was sold in 2003, and is now offered for sale by Philip Mould OBE, an expert in British portraiture.

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