Bernard Newman's travels, lectures and books brought him into contact with many famous figures. Some are listed below as I work my way through his autobiography.
Simon Hipkin Oct 2011
When researching his travel book 'The Blue Danube' ...
'My Danube journey began pleasantly in Germany. Before I passed into Austria I had a casual encounter with Hitler, who had become Chancellor a few months earlier. He was not very communicative, but when I mentioned Austria the pitch of his voice rose. I had little doubt that he would never be happy until he had added Austria to his Reich.'
Speaking from Memory, page 76
During WW2, Bernard Newman lectured in Canada & USA for the Ministry of Information.Passing through Hollywood, he was summoned by Walt Disney to seek his opinion of an animated feature that was in production. (More on this later) Newman refused payment but accepted three signed water colours for each of his three daughters. Photos in Gallery
This meeting co-incides with his travel book'South African Journey' published in 1965
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island on 12 June 1964
He gets a mention when he lectured at her school