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Winston Churchill and Forging an Alliance for Freedom

Recorded on February 3, 2004

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill - soldier, war correspondent, politician, author, orator, ally, artist and statesman - was unquestionably one of the most remarkable, complex, and celebrated leaders of the 20th Century. Known as a man of vision and great character, he was also father to many failures. Yet, his resolute spirit and stirring rhetoric ultimately heralded the defeat of fascism and saw the triumph of freedom over national socialism. His international endeavors parallel many of today's most difficult foreign crises and entanglements. We are pleased that Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre, will join us to address the development of Churchill's unique perspective on the world and his passionate belief in the powerful principles of freedom and democracy.

In co-operation with the Churchill Archives Centre, "Churchill and the Great Republic," the first comprehensive exhibition of Churchill material in the United States, opens at the Library of Congress on Thursday, February 5. Featuring more than 200 items, it explores the life and career of Sir Winston Churchill and his lifelong links with the United States. The exhibit will be on view at the Northwest Gallery of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building through Saturday, June 26.