A popular weekly half hour podcast, Revisionist History takes aim at shibboleths, real and imagined. This episode is Churchill’s turn in the barrel.
The villain, aside from Sir Winston, is his scientific adviser, Frederick Lindemann, later Lord Cherwell, aka “The Prof.” You’ve probably never heard of him, says narrator Malcolm Gladwell. You should have. It was Lindemann who made Churchill bomb innocent German civilians and starve the Bengalis.…
The Dukes of Windsor and Westminster are attacked for their “near-treasonous activity” and “overt support of the Third Reich.” In an American Spectator review of Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War (Dec/Jan 2011-12) Roger Kaplan says Winston Churchill did not turn against those “top toffs”
“Near-treasonous” and “overt support” are going some in describing actions of the Dukes, and should be discounted. Reason: They may have been “toffs,” but they counted for little. Nevertheless, Churchill did act to silence them.
The Two Dukes
The Duke Windsor certainly had “much to be modest about.” Churchill got him out of Europe by appointing him Governor of the Bahamas, where he did not rehash his prewar pro-Nazi points of view.…