Winston Churchill Getting Funky

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In 1941, Winston Churchill delivered his "Great Declaration," a famous speech about the Nazi threat. He said (in part, and with emphasis added):

What tragedies, what horrors, what crimes has Hitler and all that Hitler stands for brought upon Europe and the world! The ruins of Warsaw, of Rotterdam, of Belgrade are monuments which will long recall to future generations the outrage of unopposed air bombing applied with calculated scientific cruelty to helpless populations. Here in London and throughout the cities of our island and in Ireland there may also be seen marks of devastation. They are being repaid and presently they will be more than repaid.

... This then, my lords and gentlemen, is the message which we send forth today to all states and nations, bound or free, to all the men in all the lands who care for freedom's cause. To our Allies and well-wishers in Europe, to our American friends and helpers drawing ever closer in their might across the ocean, this is the message: lift up your hearts, all will come right. Out of the depths of sorrow and sacrifice will be born again the glory of mankind.

So now a group called the Gregory Brothers has remixed the speech, adding auto-tune and backing beats. It's kind of brilliant. Check it out:

After the jump, the original speech (both text and a partial video).

Here's a portion of the original speech:

Read the entire speech here. It's worth it. I mean: "We cannot see how deliverance will come or when it will come, but nothing is more certain that every trace of Hitler's footsteps, every stain of his infected, corroding fingers will be sponged and purged and, if need be, blasted from the surface of the earth." You go, Winston!

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