Refusenik

Chava Boroda now lives in Los Angeles. However, her family was among thousands of people from the USSR, whose story of moving to the United States as political refugees is inspiring. Chava’s family was among those “Refuseniks” who proved to the world how willpower can triumph over even the strictest regime in the world. The world has slowly forgotten emotional and powerful stories of “Refuseniks”. … Continue reading Refusenik

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Was Hitler a Socialist? II

BY BEN IRVINE (Following on from PART ONE) For Hitler, racism and nationalism were equivalent: ‘To us state and race are one’, he asserted. In other words, antisemitism was the link between the ‘National’ and the ‘Socialism’ parts of National Socialism. To Hitler, racist nationalism was racist socialism, and vice versa. Alas, this proved to be a powerful electoral combination. In the early 1930s, a majority … Continue reading Was Hitler a Socialist? II

Was Hitler a Socialist?

BY BEN IRVINE ‘Communism is not Socialism. Marxism is not Socialism. The Marxists have stolen the term and confused its meaning… We chose to call ourselves the National Socialists. We are not internationalists. Our socialism is national.’                                                                   – Adolf Hitler Was Hitler a socialist? On the face of it, the answer is obvious: a resounding yes. From the start of his political career in 1919 … Continue reading Was Hitler a Socialist?

Great War Chinese Labourers Forgotten

BY ANASTASIA CHOO The 140,000 Chinese farm labourers, who over a century ago volunteered to leave their remote villages and work for Britain and France in the first world war, have been called “the forgotten of the forgotten”. Over the past decade, the story of China’s human contribution to the Great War has received some of the attention it has long been denied. These peasant … Continue reading Great War Chinese Labourers Forgotten

Please, No Poppy Fights in 2019

CSM EDITORIAL Brexiteers have no monopoly on Britishness. On paper Brexiteers are as British as Continuity Remain – they simply lack the same sense of loyalty to the EU that continuity remainers claim to have. The “Britishness” battle that goes on every day on social media is a dumb one – one that is best avoided in the interests of people just getting on. Similarly, … Continue reading Please, No Poppy Fights in 2019

History Written by Victors, Losers

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN What on earth is all this preposterous recent denigration of Winston Churchill, who died on this day in 1965? The release of the film Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman (excellent by the way) has once again made Churchill ubiquitous across our media. It has been many years since audiences have given spontaneous standing ovations to a film. Fans of the film have … Continue reading History Written by Victors, Losers

Passchendaele Lessons Unheeded

BY MANDY BALDWIN The soldier made of Flanders mud, placed in Trafalgar Square to commemorate Passchendaele is, in my opinion, the most poignant work of war-art ever made. Watch him melt, destroyed by the weather of another wet summer, and to understand the 3rd Battle of Ypres, you hardly need Siegfried Sassoon’s chilling words: “I died in Hell.  They called it Passchendaele.” The First World … Continue reading Passchendaele Lessons Unheeded

In Drake’s Wake

Since 1980 Michael Turner has travelled the world in Sir Francis Drake’s wake and footsteps, recording on slide film virtually all Drake’s movements. Michael’s journeys have resulted in the discovery and verification of Drake’s previously unidentified anchorages and places ashore. Michael’s research forms the first ever pictorial, topographical biography of one of History’s greatest seafarers. Michael has travelled to Panama in search of Drake’s coffin … Continue reading In Drake’s Wake