Iconic Churchill photo stolen months ago, theft only discovered now

Winston Specer Churchill has been my political inspiration, example and idol for 50+ years, I visited just about everything from him to his grave in the UK. This hurts, the theft shows no respect for the statesman and world famous photographer, I very much hope it gets back where it should be.
He foresaw what is happening in Europe now, people never wanted to listen. @annozijlstra

Iconic Churchill photo stolen months ago, theft only discovered now

The Canadian capital Ottawa is under the spell of the disappearance of a photo of Winston Churchill. The iconic portrait of the frowning British statesman hung in a hotel, but turns out to have been swapped for a copy months ago. The theft was only discovered last week. Police have launched an investigation.

The photo was taken in 1941, shortly after Churchill addressed the Canadian Parliament about World War II. It is the best-known work of Canadian-Armenian portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh, who wanted a photo without Churchill’s inseparable cigar.

“I held out an ashtray, but he wouldn’t throw the cigar away,” Karsh later recalled. “Then I walked up to him and said, forgive me sir, and I plucked the cigar from his mouth.” The moment the photographer returned to his camera, Churchill looked “so combative he could have devoured me”. The photo was later used, among other things, on the British 5 pound note.

Professionally done
The picture hung in the Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa, where Karsh stayed for a long time and had a studio. A collection of his work has been on display in the reading room for decades.

Last week, employees noticed that the frame with Churchill’s photo was not straight. They then discovered that the frame did not match the frames of other photos of Karsh, also hanging in the lounge. After investigation and consultation with Karsh’s heirs, it was determined that the photo has been replaced by a copy.

After a call from the public to send photos of the reading room, the manager concludes that the theft must have taken place between December 25, 2021 and January 6, 2022. “I showed this photo to guests almost daily and we never noticed it”, said hotel manager Geneviève Dumas. “It’s done professionally. It’s very similar to the original.”

An art theft expert thinks it’s the thieves for the money, reports CTV News. “The thief knew what he was doing, this was not a whim. The person who did this is neither an art lover nor a photography enthusiast.” According to the expert, the photo could fetch more than $100,000.


“No One Would Do Such Things” W.S.Churchill

“No One Would Do Such Things” “So now the Admiralty wireless whispers through the ether to the tall masts of ships, and captains pace their decks absorbed in thought. It is nothing. It is less than nothing. It is too foolish, too fantastic to be thought of in the twentieth century.

Or is it fire and murder leaping out of the darkness at our throats, torpedoes ripping the bellies of half-awakened ships, a sunrise on a vanished naval supremacy, and an island well-guarded hitherto, at last defenseless? No, it is nothing. No one would do such things.

Civilization has climbed above such perils. The interdependence of nations in trade and traffic, the sense of public law, the Hague Convention, Liberal principles, the Labour Party, high finance, Christian charity, common sense have rendered such nightmares impossible. Are you quite sure? It would be a pity to be wrong. Such a mistake could only be made once—once for all.”

W.S Churchill —1923, recalling the possibility of war between France and Germany after the Agadir Crisis of 1911, in The World Crisis ,vol. 1, 1911-1914, pp. 48-49.

Normandy Speech: Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day 6/6/84

President Reagan’s Address at the Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-day at Point-du-Hoc – 6/6/84.

For more information on the ongoing works of President Reagan’s Foundation, visit us at http://www.reaganfoundation.org

President Reagan’s Address to the Nation on the Soviet Attack on a Korean Airliner (KAL 007)

President Reagan’s Address to the Nation on the Soviet Attack on a Korean Airliner (KAL 007) on September 5, 1983.

For more information on the ongoing works of President Reagan’s Foundation, please visit http://www.reaganfoundation.org

“Berlin Wall” Speech – President Reagan’s Address at the Brandenburg Gate – 6/12/87

In Berlijn is een eerbetoon gehouden voor de Amerikaanse president Ronald Reagan. De burgemeester onthulde een plaquette ter herinnering aan de oproep van Reagan 25 jaar geleden om de Muur neer te halen.

Reagan deed die oproep in 1987 in een toespraak voor de Brandenburger Tor. In die tijd ijverde ook Sovjet-president Gorbatsjov voor hervormingen in het Oostblok.

In zijn toespraak zei Reagan dat het neerhalen van de Muur een krachtig gebaar zou zijn voor vrede. Tweeënhalf jaar later was het zover en werd de Muur afgebroken.

Burgemeester Wowereit zei dat de bronzen plaquette de Berlijners herinnert aan een “donkere tijd”, die we hebben overwonnen.
Bron NOS
6/12/2012 is het 25 jaar geleden dat Reagan zijn toespraak hield, tijd vliegt , een jaar na ‘die Wende’ val van de muur waren we in Berlijn, Oost Berlijn was vrij maar zag er nog verwaarloost uit, Potsdam eertijds de dure villa wijk had sinds geschat 1938 geen pot verf meer gezien alle grauw en grijs. Dat doet communisme met een stad wisten we . Mijn vader die in de communistische tijd Rusland bezocht nam een 8mm camera mee, zijn unieke beelden hebben we nog, zelfde verhaal, lange rijen vor een tube tandpasta, bejaarden in lompen etc.Ronald Reagan is van onschatbare waarde geweest voor de vrijheid van O0st Europa. Het zielige figuur dat nu een gooi doet voor de republikeinen naar zijn stoel is iets waar ik me bijna plaatsvervangend voor schaam, niets aan te doen, ook dat is democratie . Heb wel zin om 6 december in Berlijn te zijn dit jaar ook omdat dat bezoek toen eerder een bijkomende bijzondere lading had. / AZ