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Happy Holidays from Sir Martin's team Esther, Estelle, Ela
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The Power of Words

75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor,
7 December 1941

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Excerpts from
Churchill, The Power of Words
Transworld, Da Capo, 2012
©Martin Gilbert

Throughout his long life, Winston Churchill understood the power of words. In public speeches, in published books, in newspaper and magazine articles, he expressed his feelings and laid out his vision for the future. His descriptions of the wars that he fought in between 1897 and 1900 were read with fascination by those who recognised his vivid narrative style and thoughtful reflections. While still in his twenties, he was a much sought-after speaker in both Britain and the United States.
Churchill used words, and used them to good effect, for different purposes: to argue for moral and political causes, to advocate courses of action in the social, national and international sphere, and to tell the story of his own life and that of Britain and its place in the world.

Churchill making his first wartime broadcast, 1 October 1939. 

©Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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   From Esther Gilbert
Ruth Gruber
20 September 1911 – 17 November 2016
It was 2004 and I was in New York for the launch of my Holocaust Memoir Digest, which the Hidden Child Foundation kindly offered to host at their headquarters at the Anti-Defamation League.  Martin was to introduce me and he got up to address the seated throng.  Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a latecomer and he announced:  “Ladies and Gentlemen, the greatest living Jewish journalist of the Twentieth Century.”
            All eyes turned to the door in great expectation and a tiny, elderly lady with flaming red hair made her way in, almost more confused by the attention than the audience with their surprise.  It was Ruth Gruber, indeed a living legend who with her camera and typewriter had recorded the high and low-lights of the Twentieth Century.  

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Ruth Gruber and Professor David Patterson with me, May 2004, New York.
The Book Club Winner
Carl Davies, November Book Club Quiz Winner:
Having been in a profession that has enabled me to live and work in a number of countries around the world over the course of my career, it has taken me far too long to discover the brilliance of Sir Martin Gilbert.
It was whilst reading an account of the Second World War by another author, that I was referenced to Sir Martin’s work on the subject.
In my view, Sir Martin’s work surpasses other accounts of WW11 and I find myself extremely eager to add Sir Martin’s many other works to my personal library.
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The Winner will feature in the January Newsletter and receive a copy of The Power of Words from Sir Martin's private library

Question: How many parliamentary electoral contests did Churchill participate in between 1899 and 1955?

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14 November 2016:, “From the Second Storey, A Holocaust survivor remembers, Howard Chandler’s story comes full circle with surprise find at Guelph exhibit” by Andrew Vowles.

“In Sir Martin Gilbert’s book The Boys: Triumph Over Adversity, published in 1996, Chandler says, ‘We were packed onto an open freight train and shuffled to and fro, depending which way the front was moving. We shuffled like this for four weeks, on two days of rations, and it took a very heavy toll. It was the worst time ever since entering the camps.’ ”

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