Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
-Wednoidny, 25, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Young Winston seeks transcript of sinking tragedy program LONDON Young Churchill, grandson of Ihc lale Sir Winston, is in- vestigating a BBC television program which suggested liis granc'father may have delib- erately allowed tlic sinking ol the Cunard liner Lusitaniii in the First World War in order to involve the United Slates as an ally. Churchill is reported to have asked (or a transcript of the dramatized documentary entitled Who Sunk the i.usi- tania? The program was broadcast Sunday night. ['resented in the form of a courtroom inquiry, it sug- gested- Churchill. :ts first lord of the admiralty in 1315. may have permitted the tragedy to happen in order to shock the United Stales out of its neu- trality. Nearly l.MO persons, in eluding more than 200 Cana- dians, 140 Americans and large numbers of children and babies, were drowned when the liner was torpedoed by the German submarine U-20 off Ireland's southwest coast May 7, 1915. Churchill's post-war ac- count, The Work! Crisis, was quoted in the program show that he referred lo the strategic value of provoking German submarines to attack neutral vessels. AMERICANS JOLTED American public opinion was largely jolted out of its neutral slance by (he sinking, which the Irish coroner Kinsale termed "wilful and wholesale murder" on the part of Germany. Young Churchill says he views the speculation about his grandfather and that he has asked for a transcript to sec whether there is any to it. "If it is nothing more than hypothesis, it is not worth shooting down." The Lusitania program was based on formerly secret archives recently released in the British admiralty and the U.S. state department. The same sources are exhaustively explored in a newly-published book called Lusitania, which formed the starting-point lor the Written by Colin Simpson, a special correspondent fcr Lord Thomson's Sunday Times, it claims the Lusi-lania carried an of munitions and 70 volunteers from the Cth Winnipeg all of whom were apparently drowned. The book also examines of admiralty failures to warn the Lusitania of U-boats in her path and the fatal made jointly by Churchill and Lord first sea lord-to withdraw the armed cruiser escort which the Lusilania's captain expected to meet off Ireland. At one point In the program, an actor speaking for the German government says: "It was Churchill's1 publicly declared policy to sink ships carrying American civilians. The Lusilania was his first great success. In a sense he won the war with it." Both program and book stress the frantic efforts made In admiralty circles to ensure the official Inquiry blamed the ship's master, Capt. William Turner. Lord Mersey, who headed the inquiry, produced a verdict, although hft was previously instructed by an admiralty memo that it was "considered politically expedient that Capt. Turner be most prominently blamed for the disaster." The program's closing iug-gestion was to compare the possible strategic value of Lusitania sinking with atomic bomb on Hiroshima In 1345, which aimed to shorten the war and save a number of lives. QUEBEC (CP) Agreement in principle has been reached in conlract talks affecting Quebec civil service workers, Jean-Louis Harguindeguy, secretary of the Union of Provincial Cicil Servants of Quebec said today. Details of the agreement hammered out in talks with government negotiators Monday will be revealccS at a reached in ing with union members Friday, he said in an interview. A ratification vote would be held next week. 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