Sir Martin's Newsletter & Bookclub July 2021
“Our war for the freedom of our motherland will merge with the struggle of the peoples of Europe and America for their independence, for democratic liberties. 
It will be a united front of the peoples who stand for freedom and against
enslavement and threats of enslavement by Hitler's fascist armies.”
Joseph Stalin
1st radio address after the German invasion
3 July 1941
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The German Invasion of Russia
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On the night of July 1, a train made up of twenty-two goods wagons and two passenger cars left Leningrad for the east; on board, under the vigilant eye of the art scholar Vladimir Levinson-Lessing, were some of the finest treasures of the Hermitage:  Rembrandt's Holy Family and the Return of the Prodigal, two Madonnas by Leonardo da Vinci and two by Raphael, as well as paintings by Titian, Giorgione, Rubens, Murillo, Van Dyck, Velasques and El Greco.  Also on the train was a marble Venus acquired by Peter the Great, Rastrelli's sculpture of Peter, the museum's Pallas Athena, and its superb collection of diamonds, precious stones, crown jewels and ancient artefacts of gold.
Nearer to the front, at Mogilev, July 1 saw two Soviet Marshals, Voroshilov and Shaposhnikov, briefing those who were to stay behind as the Germans advanced, and set up partisan groups.  “Blow up bridges,” they were told, “destroy single trucks with enemy officers and soldiers.  Use any opportunity  to slow up the movement of enemy reserves to the Front.  Blow up enemy trains full of troops, equipment or weapons.  Blow up his bases and dumps.” On July 1, the Germans entered Riga. 
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Summer 1941; battle-weary German troops rest at the side of the tank

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                     From Esther Gilbert                                                        
 Refugees and Diplomats
What exactly have we learned?

950 words/5 minute read
Some names are known; some lie buried in forgotten archives.  Many, knowing they were operating against their government's orders destroyed evidence of their work.  Many more were censured by their governments for not following orders.  No one really knew.  No one, except those who were saved.
June 20 this year marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, which followed on from the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights. Continue Reading 


The visa signed by the Ecuadorean diplomat Ernesto Fuchs in Prague
on 8 February 1939 for Mr Tibor Friedmann. 
Photo courtesy of Alberto Dorfzaun.

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Staying in Britain this Summer?
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with a First World War connection. 

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Israel 21C,, “12 books to help you understand Israel's history”
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