We Cannot Treat with Bolshevism. Unknown.
We Cannot Treat with Bolshevism

We Cannot Treat with Bolshevism

No place indicated: No publisher indicated, c. 1940. Leaflet. This item is from the personal collection of Churchill's bibliographer, Ronald I. Cohen. This is a rare and fascinating wartime propaganda piece ridiculing Churchill's Second World War alliance of convenience with Stalin. The unsigned, undated leaflet reproduces excerpts from five unidentified pieces of Churchill’s writing. The leaflet measures 8.125 x 5.875 inches (20.6 x 14.9 cm) and is printed only on the recto. Cohen gives no publisher or location for this item. The poor English of the introduction and the use of a z with a horizontal stroke through it leads us to believe that this leaflet is continental, likely German, propaganda. The pamphlet ends by turning Churchill’s words into a derisive attack on the alleged hypocrisy of Britain’s wartime alliance: “We cannot treat with Bolshevism but you can make the supreme sacrifice so that it can overturn existing civilization by stealth, by propaganda, and by bloody force.” The effect is a stinging contrast between Churchill's wartime alliances of necessity and his long history of ardent anti-communist sentiment. A scarce item; the only other copy found is in the collection of the Imperial War Museum. Condition of this fragile, ephemeral item is collector-worthy. Incredibly, the wood pulp paper has survived with no loss or tears. Though there is some wrinkling to the bottom third of the sheet it does not appear to have been folded at any time and has been stored flat. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A138. Item #004836

Price: $350.00

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