Exhibition, ‘Stalin and Churchill’ Enamel Brooch
2nd August 2019
Received from John C Q Roberts:
An exhibition, ‘Stalin and Churchill’, is being planned for 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe. The exhibition will first be seen in Moscow and then in Britain, probably at the Imperial War Museum.
I have been asked by the Director of the Russian State Archive for Social and Political History to try to locate the enamel brooch in the form of crossed flags, that was given by Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana, to Mary Churchill when they accompanied their fathers at the Yalta Conference. This brooch came into the possession of the Great Britain-USSR Association during my time as its Director. I had it framed under glass, with an appropriate inscription, and attached it to the end of a bookcase at 14 Grosvenor Place.
After my time the organisation, by now renamed the Britain- Russia Centre, moved to Vauxhall and at some point the contents of its library were, I understand, either sold or offered gratis to the members and others. Thus I am hoping that someone might have the brooch in safe-keeping and might be willing to lend it.
John C Q Roberts