Sir Martin's Newsletter & Bookclub April 2021
Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day
April 8

Sirens across Israel at 10 am
Sir Martin's March Books
The Holocaust  
What happened,
how it happened,
where it happened
First World War Atlas
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Sir Martin's Blog
The Holocaust – the Human Tragedy
750 words / 4 minute read
In the late summer of 1959, accompanied by a Polish friend, a non-Jew, I travelled by car to the River Bug near Malkinia junction, on the Warsaw – Leningrad railway.  We had intended, my friend and I, both of us students, to cross the river by the road bridge marked on my pre-war map.  But on reaching the river, we found that the bridge was gone:  destroyed in the fighting of fifteen years before, when the Red Army had driven the Wehrmacht from eastern Poland.

It was late afternoon.  From the river bank, my friend called to a peasant on the far side, who was loading wood into a small barge-like boat.  Eventually, the peasant rowed over to our side of the river, and took us back with him.  Continue Reading


The field of stone memorials representing places from which Jews had been
deported to their deaths at the Treblinka Death Camp

                     From Esther Gilbert                                                        
Samuel Pisar's Memoir
750 words / 4 minute read
In 2000, Martin and I attended the Remembering for the Future Conference in Oxford, organised by the late Elisabeth Maxwell.  Martin gave an opening address; Samuel Pisar's talk followed.  Pisar, an international lawyer in Paris, spoke about the deportation of the Jews in France.  Three years later Vallentine Mitchell published the first volume of my Holocaust Memoir Digest which has excerpts from published Holocaust survivor memoirs.  Samuel Pisar's own memoir Of Blood and Hope is included in it.
Pisar's memoir was published in 1979 when he was 50.  (He died in 2015, aged 86.)  He was born in Bialystok, then part of Poland, but as it had been part of Czarist Russia, the region came under Soviet occupation following the Ribbontrop-Molotov Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of August 1939.
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Places mentioned in Samuel Pisar's memoir, from Holocaust Memoir Digest, Volume I

Read: The Holocaust
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Myth and Reality
What Did Churchill Really Think About the Jews?

1500 words / 7 ½ minute read

Churchill with his literary agent Emery Reves, 1937
Based on a piece by Sir Martin published in the Spectator on 17 March 2007 “Churchill was too fond of the Jews, It's a nonsense to allege that the war leader was anti-Semitic” the following was republished with more clarifications by Finest Hour Volume 135, Summer 2007 edition:
In a press release announcing a book by Richard Toye on Churchill and Lloyd George, Cambridge University Press put its main emphasis on the discovery of a previously unknown article written by Winston Churchill in 1937, containing considerable anti-Semitic imagery.

The 1937 article, “How the Jews Can Combat Persecution,” was “unearthed by Dr. Richard Toye, a Cambridge University historian,” according to The Independent.  “Written three years before Churchill became Prime Minister, the article has apparently lain unnoticed in the Churchill Archives at Cambridge since the early months of the Second World War.
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Sir Martin in the News
The Jewish Story Explained
based on Sir Martin's book Letters to Auntie Fori
The Story of the Jewish People

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Sir Martin's Web Citings
New Statesman,, “How should we remember the Holocaust”?
by Richard J Evans, posted 20 January 2021:

“Anti-Semitism was widespread in the higher ranks of the British civil service, a disturbing fact brought to public attention by the historian Martin Gilbert’s Auschwitz and the Allies (1981), which found that the civil service played a significant part in dissuading the Allies from taking action against the Auschwitz-Birkenau death campwhen it was well within the range of
British bombers.”

Read: Auschwitz and the Allies

International Churchill Society Conference:
Churchill and the Making of the Middle East
8 April 2021

Read: Churchill and the Jews
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Shirli Gilbert
Professor of Modern Jewish History, UCL
Academic Director of the Centre

In honour of Yom HaShoah

Survival on the Margins:  
Polish Jewish Refugees in the Wartime Soviet Union

Professor Eliyana Adler 

7 April 2021
7.00 pm-8.15pm (UK)
Free, donations welcome



Booking is open for the Sir Martin Gilbert Churchill Conversations, presented in partnership with the International Churchill Society and the Churchill Archives Centre. This four-part series offers a chance to learn about lesser-known areas of Churchill's life from prominent authors and scholars in conversation. 
Conversation 3: Churchill's Europe

Date: Tuesday, 
13 April 2021
5.00pm (UK)
Time: 5.00pm GMT
Cost: Free

Professor Richard Toye and Mr Felix Klos in discussion about a subject that has reverberated throughout the Brexit debate - Churchill's view on Europe.
Conversation 4: Churchill's Dramatic Legacy

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Time: 5.00pm GMT
Cost: Free

Allen Packwood and Lord (Michael) Dobbs discuss Churchill’s legacy on stage and screen, asking how to bring a character like Winston Churchill to life for a new generation.

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