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“Stalin never broke his word to me.” Churchill’s words?

“Stalin never broke his word to me.” Churchill’s words?

A fact check­er from a major mag­a­zine wrote ask­ing if Churchill ever declared, “Stal­in nev­er broke his word to me.” The short answer is yes. The long answer shows how care­ful we should be when quot­ing Churchill.

The orig­i­nal source of this quote is the jour­nal­ist C.L. Sulzberg­er (1912-1993), in his 1970 book, Last of the Giants, page 304. Here Sulzberg­er reports his “five hours with old Win­ston Churchill” at Chartwell on 10 July 1956.

Churchill, wrote Sulzberg­er, thought Stal­in “a great man, above all com­pared to Khr­uschev and Bul­ganin,” and quot­ed Churchill as fol­lows:

Stal­in nev­er broke his word to me.…

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