The Woman Who Censored Churchill

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: The History Press
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During World War II, the only way Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt could communicate was via a top-secret transatlantic telephone linkall other Atlantic telephone cables had been disconnected to prevent the Germans from intercepting information. Ruth Ive, then a young stenographer working in the Ministry of Information, had the job of censoring the line, and she spent the rest of the war listening in to the conversations across the Atlantic, ready to cut the line if anything was said that might compromise security. Ruth was sworn to secrecy about her work, and at the end of the war all documentation proving the existence of the telephone line was destroyed. It was not until 1995, when Churchill's private files were finally declassified, that Ruth was able to research her story. Now, for the first time, one of World War II's key workers describes the details of her incredible story, and the private conversations of two of the war's most important players can be revealed.

Author Biography

Ruth Ive worked as a journalist after the war.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Prologuep. 9
Life in 1938/9p. 13
The Postal Censorshipp. 23
Internal Censorship Unitsp. 33
'The Radio Department': how it workedp. 41
The British and the VIPsp. 57
The Americans and Canadiansp. 79
The Russiansp. 87
The Germansp. 93
A Security Catastrophep. 101
'Sigsaly'p. 107
A Visit to an RAF Airfield & Changes in Department Policyp. 117
Calls to Rememberp. 127
End of an Erap. 135
Lifestyle Notesp. 145
Notesp. 149
Acknowledgements & Source Materialp. 151
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