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"The Tragedy of Europe", 19 Sep 1946

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/8/145-162

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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". Top copy of WSC’s typescript speaking notes laid out in "psalm style" annotated in manuscript by WSC.


  • Creation: 19 Sep 1946

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See also Churchill Additional Papers, WCHL 6/60.


Complete Speeches VII, pp 7379-82


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