Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Martha Gellhorn

HBO Films has released a teeny tiny trailer for Hemingway & Gellhorn, a TV movie about their tempestuous relationship. A glamorous and highly accomplished writer, Gellhorn (1908-1998) reported on the Spanish Civil War, along with her future husband. From Germany she chronicled Hitler's consolidation of power and the onset of World War II. Like Marlene Dietrich, she defied military authorities to remain in the midst of the action, even sneaking aboard a hospital ship to witness the D-Day landings in Normandy. She sent dispatches from virtually every theater of the Second World War — Czechoslovakia, Finland, Britain, Burma, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Later she covered Vietnam, the Six-Day War in the Middle East, and various conflicts in Central America.


We recommend Selected Letters of Martha Gellhorn for a sense of her life and times, as well as her vibrant personality.
“War happens to people, one by one. That is really all I have to say and it seems to me I have been saying it forever. Unless they are immediate victims, the majority of mankind behaves as if war was an act of God which could not be prevented; or they behave as if war elsewhere was none of their business. It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination.”  


6 comments:

  1. Novelist, Journalist, writer, Leftist, Atheist, philanderer, Martha Gellhorn was one interesting lady. Not only was she married to Hemingway (whom she was unfaithful to:( she was one of the few journalist to speak out against Hitler, She got a first hand account of d-day, and was one of the first journalists to report the carnage of the concentration camps.

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  2. Wow, I can only imagine how tumultuous her relationship was with Hemingway. I will have to read more about her!

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    1. i worked for Martha Gellhorn in London , in fact i was the last person to see her alive .... she was an amazing human and Hemingway was famous when they met but she had class and the high contacts as her family was very well connected politically, who took advantage of who ?.. . well who knows

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  3. Truly an inspiring and inspired human being!! I hope Nicole Kidman is up to the task...

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  4. Just to be fair to Ms. Gellhorn, Hemingway was also unfaithful to her. Im not sure if he was ever faithful to any of his wives? She was a phenomenal writer, especially in reporting the atrocities that took place in Dachau. She was a resilient, incredibly intelligent and determined woman. I wish they were more women & men like her today reporting on wars!

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