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Tributes to Churchill: What They Said Back Then

Tributes to Churchill: What They Said Back Then

A col­league asks if there were any offi­cial trib­utes by the gov­ern­ment of India fol­low­ing Churchill’s death in Jan­u­ary 1965. He was curi­ous to know if Indi­an atti­tudes half a cen­tu­ry ago were as vir­u­lent as they are in some quar­ters today.

There were indeed trib­utes from India. Hei­di Egger­ton of the Churchill Archives Cen­tre pro­vid­ed this cov­er­age in The Times of 25 Jan­u­ary 1965, page 8, under the head­ing:

“Leader with Magic Personality”

DELHI, 24 JANUARY 1965— The Indi­an tri­colour fly­ing on all pub­lic build­ings in prepa­ra­tion for Repub­lic Day on Tues­day, was low­ered to half-mast today….…

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Margaret Thatcher 1923-2013: A Remembrance

Margaret Thatcher 1923-2013: A Remembrance

Excerpt­ed from a trib­ute in Finest Hour, Sum­mer 2013.

Bar­bara Lang­worth with Lady Thatch­er, British Embassy, Wash­ing­ton, 5 Novem­ber 1993

Every­one has read of Lady Thatcher’s career. Every­one depend­ing on their pol­i­tics will have their own vision of her. It is left to say here what she meant to the mem­o­ry of Win­ston Churchill, who she revered more than any pre­mier who held office between them.

Mar­garet Thatch­er was named an hon­orary mem­ber of the Inter­na­tion­al Churchill Soci­ety short­ly after she resigned as prime min­is­ter in Novem­ber 1990, not with­out con­cern. She had always been con­tro­ver­sial.…

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Reborn English—or American? (P.S. on Poker)

Reborn English—or American? (P.S. on Poker)

An author would like to include a quo­ta­tion which he believes may have orig­i­nat­ed from Sir Win­ston Churchill. Pur­port­ed­ly, Churchill was told by a man, “If I had not been a Ger­man I would have want­ed to be an Eng­lish­man.” To this he replied, “If I had not been born an Eng­lish­man, I too would have want­ed to be an Eng­lish­man.” —H.P., Lon­don

I checked this line, and vari­a­tions and pieces of it, against my dig­i­tal file of 50 mil­lion words by and about Churchill, includ­ing all his books, arti­cles, speech­es and pub­lished papers, but there were no hits. It doesn’t sound like him, real­ly, since the only time he con­tem­plat­ed being any­thing oth­er than Eng­lish was after the war:

Clark Clif­ford, 1906-1998.…

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