Blog: Sir Martin's writing

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“Kristallnacht taught several lessons”

“Kristallnacht taught several lessons. It taught those who were the source of prejudice that a whole people can be demonised; that a whole nation can be turned totally and obscenely against a decent, hard-working, creative, loyal and integral part of its own society.  This point was made on 19 August

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Why Study Churchill?

Churchill for today, Teaching the Next Generation: Finest Hour 73, Winter 1991-92. “Why study Churchill?” I am often asked. “Surely he has nothing to say to us today?” Yet in my own work, as I open file after file of Churchill’s archive, from his entry into Government in 1905 to

Sir Martin’s “Regrets”

From The Book of Regrets Compiled by Juliet Solomon as a fundraiser for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery JR Books Ltd 2007 Having been fortunate in my life as a historian, writing the books I wanted to write and lecturing about my work to audiences worldwide, I have no regrets

Wallenberg and Vrba-Wetzler Report

The impact of the Vrba-Wetzler Report of June 1944 and Raoul Wallenberg’s mission to Budapest, July 1944.   As told to and quoted by Robin Vrba, Jewish Heritage Museum, New York, 6 May 2012 Introductory talk to Holocaust educators. The direct link between Rudi’s Report and Wallenberg was not through Sweden, but

Churchill and Power

Published in Churchillians  By-The-Bay. Quarterly E-Newsletter, Second Quarter, 2009. Volume 1, Number 2 – Became Glow-worm No one had more power – on paper at least – than Winston Churchill. On 10 May 1940, having become Prime Minister, he appointed himself Minister of Defence. He made up his government from all three

Churchill and Enigma

Sir Martin writes: On 25 and 26 July 1939, five weeks before the outbreak of the Second World War – and while Churchill was still in opposition to the government of the day, in his tenth year in the political wilderness – senior Polish Intelligence officers in Warsaw handed over

Bombing Auschwitz: Fact & Myth

2005 Sir Martin writes: From the summer of 1942 until the spring of 1944 more than a million Jews were deported to Auschwitz, where they were either murdered upon arrival, or used as slave labourers. Throughout that period, the destination of the hundreds of deportations from France, Holland, Belgium, Germany,