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Lectures at Sea (2): Churchill and the Myths of Ireland

Lectures at Sea (2): Churchill and the Myths of Ireland

Myths Amid the Mists of Ireland

This is the Ire­land por­tion of my lec­ture on the 2019 Hills­dale Col­lege Round-Britain cruise. Hills­dale cruis­es with “lec­tures at sea” are an annu­al event. They usu­al­ly occur in the spring. For infor­ma­tion on the 2020 cruise to Jerusalem and Athens, click here.

My book con­sid­ers the tall tales, exag­ger­a­tions, lies, myths, rumors and dis­tor­tions about Churchill over the years. Nowa­days, the old adage that you don’t speak ill of the dead is obso­lete. It seems more impor­tant now to decon­struct his­to­ry and punc­ture heroes.…

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No cards, no flowers: Churchill on Stalin’s Death

No cards, no flowers: Churchill on Stalin’s Death

A cor­re­spon­dent to the Finan­cial Times has slipped a red her­ring into the store of Win­ston Churchill quo­ta­tions.

In a let­ter to the FT on April 14th, Mary Ellen Syn­on was defend­ing Irish  Taoiseach Eamon de Valera’s 1945 let­ter to the Ger­man Embassy in Dublin express­ing con­do­lences on the sui­cide death of Adolf Hitler. Ms. Syn­on sug­gest­ed that this was just a for­mal­i­ty; after all, Churchill sent con­do­lences to Moscow on the death of Stal­in.

For the record, Win­ston Churchill sent no con­do­lences, made no speech­es, didn’t even send a sym­pa­thy card, on the death of Joseph Stal­in in March 1953.…

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