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Churchill, S. Clementine

My Visit to Russia. Signed and inscribed copy.

My Visit to Russia. Signed and inscribed copy.

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Churchill, S. Clementine [My Visit to Russia]. Moya Poezdka v SSSR.

London, Williams, Lea Co., 1945.
8vo, 19 pp., portrait.

In original full leather binding.
In good condition, covers lightly warped, corners and spine extremities lightly rubbed.

Extremely rare. Signed and inscribed by the author to first free endpaper: "To Madame Buchueva / with greetings from / Clementine S. Churchill / November 1945."

Baroness Clementine Ogilvy Spencer-Churchill (1885-1977), who served as the chairwoman of the Red Cross Aid to Russia Fund (1941-1946), arrived in Moscow on April 2, 1945. Her visit, lasting for a month and a half, coincided with the Red Army's ongoing offensive operations. The reasons behind Clementine's extended stay in the Soviet Union continue to perplex historians.
During her trip, Baroness Churchill extensively visited hospitals, factories, and children's homes. She had a meeting with Joseph Stalin and, marking Victory Day in Moscow, delivered a public message on the Moscow radio on behalf of Winston Churchill.
Upon her return to Britain, the English version of the booklet titled "My Visit to Russia" was promptly published and widely distributed across Britain, North America, and Australia at the cost of one shilling. The English edition was printed using inexpensive materials. In stark contrast, the Russian edition was produced with meticulous attention to detail, "on high quality photographic paper with a gold-embossed leather-bound hard cover and neatly sewn binding."
It is highly likely that the Russian edition of the book was intended for distribution among Soviet leaders. The Russian translation itself was significantly abridged, containing almost half the content compared to the original edition.

We couldn't trace any copy of this edition in libraries in Russia, Europe and USA. Two copies of the book are held in the Churchill Archives Centre.

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