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Speeches: speech notes., 20 Apr 1946 - 21 Sep 1946

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/8A-C

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Speech notes and Hansard report of WSC's speech (1 August, House of Commons) on Palestine on subjects including: his conviction that there should be a Jewish national home in Palestine; the success which followed the 1922 [Balfour] declaration; the opinions of T E Lawrence [T E Shaw, "Lawrence of Arabia"] about the treatment of the Arabs; the repatriation of the Jews in Europe; and the decision by the United States not to support Zionism policy. Source material includes: an extract from a speech by Herbert Morrison [Lord President of the Council]; a statement on acts of violence in Palestine; the Anglo-American committee report on problems of the European Jewry; a letter from 2nd Lord Melchett [earlier Henry Mond], Vice-President of the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland; a letter from Clement Attlee, Prime Minister to Harry Truman, President of the United States, on counter terrorism. Copies of Hansard also cover debates on the new towns bill, the National Insurance bill and education. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7372-9.Speech notes for WSC's speech (14 August) on being installed as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports including his positions during the war, the need for defence of the ports and the war damage compensation scheme.Speech notes for WSC's speech (16 September, Geneva [Switzerland]) on his visit to the International Committee of the Red Cross.Speech notes for WSC's speech (19 September, University of Zurich [Switzerland]) entitled "The Tragedy of Europe" including: the need for a “United States of Europe” and the Council of Europe; reflection on the roles of the United Nations and the League of Nations; the need to act quickly to avoid another war and for faith on the part of the peoples of Europe; warnings about the spread of information about nuclear weapons; and the importance of Great Britain, the Commonwealth, the United States “& I trust Soviet Russia” championing the new Europe. Includes the phrases: "Can the free peoples of Europe rise to the height of those resolves of the soul and instincts of the spirit of man?" and "I am now going to say something that will astonish you. The first step in the recreation of the European family must be a partnership between France and Germany". Also includes a file of press cuttings on reaction to the speech. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7379-82. See also Churchill Additional Papers, WCHL 6/60.


  • Creation: 20 Apr 1946 - 21 Sep 1946

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