Speeches from the Second World War (Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill).
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Winston Churchill struggled with finest hour speech, papers reveal
To many, it was Winston Churchill's finest hour. The WW2 speech he made to the British nation as it stood alone against the seemingly unstoppable Nazi war machine - the Battle of France was lost, the Battle of Britain was about to begin - is one of the most famous speeches in history. Full of passion and Shakespearesque language, his call for fortitude and courage was credited with re-galvanising the Britain in its darkest hour. But a new examination of his papers reveals how he struggled over every famous phrase – even adding one at the last minute – and how his private secretary was secretly unimpressed.
A collection of speeches by Benito Mussolini become iTunes hit in Italy
An iPhone application containing 100 of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini's speeches has become the second most wanted item in Italy. The app, iMussolini, is available on Apple's on line store for 79 euro cents. The Mussolini app has climbed from 55 hits a day to over 1,000. It contains speeches and video from 1914 before Mussolini came to power and on into 1938 at the height of his rule. The application is illustrated with a traditional profile black and white image of il Duce with the words words "iMussolini - the man who changed the history of our country."
Hitler's first speech in power in 1933 - with introduction by Goebbels
Historic footage: Adolf Hitler's first speech in power as a German Chancellor - with an introduction by Josef Goebbels.
Churchill by Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations [book review]
During World War 2, Winston Churchill became the icon of Britain's never say die spirit, a bulldog figure in his Coke hat, vested suit, spotted bow tie, a cigar clamped in his teeth and his arm raised in the "V for Victory" sign. At the time of his death in 1965 he had published a 15 million words spanning countless books, collections of his speeches, essays, articles and miscellaneous writings. His most famous words are probably those offered in Parliament on May 13, 1940, in his first speech as PM, when Churchill told the British nation he had "nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."
Churchill: The Life and Speeches - Sir Winston Churchill
It's hard to watch this documentary without thinking that something more was lost than the cigar-smoking statesman when he died aged 90. He represented an era when statesmanship and leadership were one and the same, when oration and eloquence were the traits people admired in a leader, not commonness. And yet this documentary, which shows a lot of footage of the former British PM addressing various audiences, showes that Churchill was no shrinking violet. "We shall never descend to the level of the Japanese and Germans. But if anybody wants to play rough, we can play rough too," he once declared.
Churchill's speech picked from H G Wells classic
Former British PM Winston Churchill borrowed the lines for one of his most famous speeches from H G Wells. History lecturer Richard Toye discovered the phrase "The Gathering Storm" - used by Churchill to describe the rise of Nazi Germany - in a Wells authored book The War of the Worlds. Toye further claims that Winston Churchill, a fan of science fiction, delivered the speech in Glasgow on October 9, 1906. Historians now regard this as a landmark speech of Churchill's career. Churchill later wrote to Wells saying he owed him "a great debt."
The Speech of the Century - denouncing Josef Stalin (Article no longer available from the original source)
It was 50 years ago that Nikita Khrushchev delivered his "secret speech" denouncing Josef Stalin. Khrushchev spoke for nearly four hours on Feb. 25, 1956, the last day of the 20th Party Congress. The session was unscheduled and restricted to keep the speech secret. It was not a secret very long. A translation made for the comrades in Poland reached the CIA via Israeli intelligence. In May, the U.S. State Department released a copy to The New York Times, which published it on June 4.
850-page collection of excerpts from the Nazi leader's speeches and proclamations (Article no longer available from the original source)
Publishers, Marie and Lou Bolchazy, are putting the finishing touches on their manuscript for a one-volume, 850-page collection of excerpts from the Nazi leader's speeches and proclamations. The work, which will be marketed to the general public, is a distillation of a four-volume, 3,400-page collection of Adolf Hitler speeches that the firm has published in installments since 1990. At $39.95, the single book will be nearly $700 less expensive than the full scholarly set.
Our Hitler - Goebbels' 1944 Speech on Hitler's 55th Birthday
"... He will be the man of the century, not his opponents. He gave this century its meaning, its content, its goal. ... He points the way. He commands, we follow. We, his old and tested comrades, march in the first row behind him. We are tested by danger, steeled by misfortune, hardened by storm and trial, but also crowned with the first victories of the coming new world. We are at the head of a countless multitude who carry and defend the future of the Reich. We defend the cause of the nation, which has found its visible form in the Führer. In this battle between life and death, he is and will remain for us what he always was: Our Hitler!"
Rudolf Hess Speeches
Rudolf Hess was one of the first people to join the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). In November, 1923, Hess took part in the Beer Hall Putsch. He was arrested and sentenced to 18 months in prison. While in Landsberg Hess acted as Adolf Hitler's secretary to type Mein Kampf. --- Electing Adolf Hitler Führer, 8/4/1934: "National Socialists! Fellow German citizens! I have rarely given a speech as difficult as this one. It is a challenge to attempt to prove the good of something as obvious as Hitler's assumption of Hindenburg's position. For fourteen years I have been convinced that he is the only man able to master Germany's fate."