Montagu, Ivor

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Montagu, Ivor


Born Apr. 23, 1904, in London. English public figure and publicist.

Of aristocratic birth, Montagu was educated at the Royal College of Science and at Cambridge University. The author of works on the theory and history of cinema, he is also a scenarist and producer of a number of films. In 1932–33 and 1937–47 he contributed to the newspaper Daily Worker. During the 1930’s, Montagu participated in antiwar congresses in Paris and Amsterdam.

After World War II, Montagu took part in the worldwide peace movement. From 1948 to 1967 he was a secretary of the World Peace Council, and since 1969 has been a member of that body’s Presidium. Montagu was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1959. He has also received the Bulgarian Order of Liberation, First Class, conferred for his part in the struggle to free G. Dimitrov from the Nazis; and the Mongolian Order of the Pole Star, given for his collection of essays on the Mongolian People’s Republic, Land of Blue Sky.

Montagu is a prominent figure in international sports. From 1926 to 1967 he was president of the International Table Tennis Federation, and he is vice-president for life of the English Table Tennis Association.


Table Tennis. London, 1936.
The Traitor Class. London, 1940.
Film World. Harmondsworth, 1964.
With Eisenstein in Hollywood. Berlin, 1968.
Germany’s New Nazis. London, 1967.
The Youngest Son. London, 1970.
In Russian translation:
Sgovor protiv mira. Moscow, 1953.
Mirfil’ma. Leningrad, 1969.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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