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Winston Churchill is one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, leading Great Britain through the trials of World War II. So what is his continuing legacy today, in the 21st century?
“Walking With Destiny” highlights Churchill’s years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime. As historian John Lukacs explains, Churchill may not have won the War in 1940, but without him, the War most certainly would have been lost. Sir Martin Gilbert, historical consultant for the film and Churchill’s official biographer, adds that had Churchill’s warnings about Nazi Germany’s racial policies towards Jews been heeded in the early 1930’s, the Holocaust may never have occurred. The film examines why Winston Churchill’s legacy continues to be relevant in the 21st Century and explores why his leadership remains inspirational to current day political leaders and diplomats.
The themes are familiar ones to director Richard Trank, who won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1998 for his film “The Long Way Home.” Trank has made a specialty of documenting World War II and 20th century Jewish history, and provides his expert touch here.