My Visit to Russia. Clementine Churchill.
My Visit to Russia
My Visit to Russia
My Visit to Russia

My Visit to Russia

London: Hutchinson & Co. Ltd., 1945. First edition. Paperback. This little book commemorated Clementine Churchill’s extended trip to Russia at the end of the Second World War. Clementine’s trip and the book that resulted were part of her significant wartime effort to raise aid funds for Russia. This is testified by the printed statement on the lower front cover of the book: “All profits from the sale of this book will be given to Mrs. Churchill’s Red Cross “Aid to Russia” Fund.” At the close of the Second World War, Clementine Churchill, wife of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, made a tour of Soviet hospitals which had been helped by her British Red Cross Aid to Russia Fund. For five weeks, from late March to early May 1945, Clementine journeyed throughout the Soviet Union. Of the money Clementine and her Fund had collected, Winston Churchill told Stalin "In the friendship of the masses of our peoples, in the comprehension of their governments and in the mutual respect of their armies the future of the world resides." (Gilbert, Vol. VII, p.1267) Clementine was still in Russia on V-E Day; her husband “wrote a speech for her to deliver via broadcast to the Russian people in celebration of the Allied victory: “It is my firm belief that on the friendship and understanding between the British and Russian peoples depends the future of mankind.” (Gilbert, Vol. VII, p. 1350) This little book authored by Clementine Churchill contains observations from her Russian journey. The book is bound in blue and white marbled card wraps, measures 6.25 x 4 inches, and is 59 pages in length. The final page concludes with "I prayed as I turned to take my farewell look at Moscow, 'May difficulties and misunderstandings pass, may Friendship remain.'" Like Clementine's significant wartime efforts to help the Russian people, her sentiments were laudably hopeful, but not enough to overcome fundamentally different British and Russian conceptions of the nature of postwar rights and freedoms and the intractible conflicts that resulted. In 1946, as the Cold War that would last half a century began, Winston Churchill would deliver his famous speech observing that "an iron curtain has descended across the Continent." This is a lovely copy of Clementine's book approaching near fine condition. The marbled blue card wraps are bright, clean, complete, and unfaded with no loss. We note only a tiny bit of shelf wear to extremities and a trivial bit of soiling to the upper rear cover. The spine is uncreased, indicating that this copy is unread. The contents remain clean and bright with no spotting. The sole previous ownership mark is an inked name and address on the inside front cover – rather charmingly a “Margaret Smith” of a farm in “Maidenhead, Thicket, Berks.”. Item #005695

Price: $50.00

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