Alan Philps – The Red Hotel

Using recently opened MI5 archives this book brings to life an intriguing and previously unexplored episode of Second World War history.

Former Daily Telegraph Foreign Editor and Russian expert Alan Philps tells the riveting story of how, during WW2, Stalin bullied and pampered western journalists in a gilded cage of the Metropol Hotel. Here foreign correspondents enjoyed lavish supplies of caviar and had their choice of young women to employ as translators and to share their beds. A riveting narrative that lifts the lid on Stalin’s operation to muzzle and control what his allies’ reporters knew of his regime’s policies to prosecute the war against Hitler’s armies. 

Chaired by Harry Pearson

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Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre
Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


30 Apr 2023


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

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