Sir Martin's Newsletter & Bookclub March 2020
Winston Churchill also spent time
out of circulation
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How Churchill managed
to keep busy during his years
in the political “wilderness”

As Israelis headed to the polls for the third time this year, will a solution to this long-running conflict be a result? 
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Churchill reacts to the Anschluss,
German annexation of Austria
March 1938
from The Wilderness Years
670 words/3 ½ minute read
This anxiety increased considerably as Nazi pressure mounted on the Austrian Government, and Hitler spoke publicly and violently against the forthcoming plebiscite, in which Austrians were to be asked to vote for or against independence.  On 12 March 1938, a few days before the plebiscite was to be held, German forces massed on the Austrian border.  At that moment Churchill was lunching at 10 Downing Street, as one of Chamberlain's guests, to say farewell to the German Ambassador, von Ribbentrop, who was about to return to Berlin to become Foreign Minister. (CONTINUE READING)

A poster which appeared in the Strand, London, the last week of July 1939.The Daily Mirror asked:“The writing on the wall? This giant poster is causing considerable comment.”
Photo from The Wilderness Years
              From Esther Gilbert                                                        

“An Intimate Portrait of Winston Churchill”
450words/2 ½ minute read
 On February 27, the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute hosted siblings Jennie and Randolph Churchill at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, to speak about their great-grandfather, an event moderated by Laurence Geller, the Chairman of the International Churchill Society.

One of those who missed the event, though who was represented by her daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Jim Ullman, was Gerda Klein.  Gerda Weissmann Klein, now in her 96th year, came to the United States as an “imported bride”. 

From the left, Gerda, my late Mom Helen Goldberg, Martin,
and Gerda's granddaughter Alysa Ullman on my left, 14 March 2006

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 The Arab-Israeli Conflict Atlas
How Martin came to write it
345 words/1 ½ minute read
In 1973, five years into my work as Winston Churchill’s biographer, I obtained a grant to do two weeks research in Israel followed by two weeks in Jordan. I was to explore Churchill’s Middle East policies while he was Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1921 and 1922. I arrived as the sun was setting on a Friday night in October. I was woken the next morning - the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), a day of prayer and fasting - by the sound of sirens: Israel had been attacked by Egypt and Syria. (CONTINUE READING)
Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations, 23 September 2011

Arab-Israeli Conflict Atlas
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Church Militant,
"Recounting his 2003 interview with the late Sir Martin Gilbert, Doino reveals to Church Militant that the pre-eminent Jewish historian and expert in the Holocaust had confirmed to him that the Catholic Churchill under PiusXII did, in fact, save hundreds of thousands of Jewish lives during the Holocaust."

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