Sir Martin's Newsletter & Bookclub January 2021
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Sir Martin's January Books
The Churchill Biography
Sir Martin's life's work
(in 31 volumes)

 Maps and text that cover the events and locations of genocide
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Sir Martin's Blog
“The Biographer in Waiting”
First published in Finest Hour 147, Summer 2010
1120 words / 5 ½ minutes read

Martin, working on the Churchill biography, 26 March 1991.
Photo by Edward Hamilton West for The Guardian

In the spring of 1967, Randolph Churchill, who was then far from well, was making plans for the future of the Official Biography.  One evening after supper he asked me—one of his research assistants—to discuss what he wanted to happen to the Great Work (as we called it) in the event of his being unable to continue it.
Randolph knew exactly what he wanted to happen; it was not a question of discussion.  He wanted his son Winston to take over authorship of the work.  He asked me to read aloud to him the sentence in his father’s letter of the summer of 1915—when he thought he might be killed while on an official visit to the Dardanelles:  “Randolph will carry on the lamp.”  Now, said Randolph, if I am unable to do so, Winston will carry on the lamp of the Great Work. The plan was this.  
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Thank you to David Freeman, editor, Finest Hour for permission to post this.
                     From Esther Gilbert                                                        
January 2021/January 1942
The sacred and the profane

950 words / 5 minute read

In my January 2020 newsletter, I posed the question whether the year 2020 would be one of “vision”, 20/20 being the standard for visual clarity.  I guess the question for 2021, for nearly everyone on our planet having come through this life-changing year:  What have we learned?
Last spring, while following the spread of Covid-19 as it seeped around the world, it seemed an opportunity to recognise how artificial borders are, how we are all inter-dependent on each other regardless of where we live, how we finally have the impetus to learn to live and work together.  (If not now, when?)  (Continue Reading)

The cover of the 1988 book Murderous Science by the late German Professor of Genetics Benno Muller-Hill, a pioneer in the examination of the scientific experiments undertaken by Nazi German scientists and doctors.

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The Official Churchill Biography
720 words / 3 ½ minute read

Martin called it his “life's work”.  He worked on it throughout a 50 year span, devoting many years to researching and writing, footnoting, indexing, mapping, and fundraising to be able to complete it. It is a work of scholarship and the basis for any authentic study of Winston Churchill.  After Martin died, Laurence Geller, Chairman of the International Churchill Society, and I wondered what question Martin would have for Churchill when they met in Heaven.  (Continue Reading) 
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Jewish News,, video, Gordon Brown speaks at the inquiry for a National UK Holocaust Memorial, posted 10 November 2020:
“No one should ever forget the horrors of the Holocaust.  No young person should grow up into adulthood unaware of the evil that men can inflict on their fellow men.  And no one should ever be allowed to claim they do not know where hatred leads.  For these three reasons – never to forget, always to remember and forever to learn from the past – we need a national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.  … I hope too we can tell the story of those who worked so hard so that the truth could be documented:  like Martin Gilbert who from a room at the top of his London house painstakingly assembled and catalogued and then reported the stories of the Holocaust so that we could never forget.”
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Shirli Gilbert 
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January Lectures:
January 14:  “'We have found our long lost brethren': Jewish and Christian army chaplains at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen”  Presented in partnership with the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre.

January 20:  “Music on the Brink of Destruction” Presented in partnership with the English-Speaking Union of Devon and Exeter.

January 31:  “Displaced Jews:  Renewal in the Shadow of the Holocaust” Presented in partnership with the Edinburgh Jewish Literary Society.

January/February Classes:
January 17, 24, 31, February 7:  “Britain and the Refugee Crisis:  Then and Now” Presented in partnership with the University of Southampton's Parkes Institute, West London Synagogue, and the Lyons Learning Project


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