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Re: The Mitfords
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2007, 03:04:47 PM »
the family



Nancy





Jessica (Decca)

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« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2007, 03:07:30 PM »
Unity



From Jessica's autobiography, Hons and Rebels (1960) regarding Unity:

"It was the year of Hitler's accession to power. Unity announced her intention was to go to Germany, learn German, and meet the Führer. My parents put up much less opposition than might have been expected. Perhaps the thought of another London season of sham tiaras and tame rats let loose in ballrooms was a bit more than my mother could contemplate with any pleasure. Unity was allowed to go.

Within six months, she came home for a brief visit, having accomplished both her objectives. She already spoke fairly fluent German, and had met not only Hitler, but Himmler, Goering, Goebbels, and others of the Nazi leaders. "How on earth did you actually manage to get to know them?" we asked in some amazement. Unity explained that it had been fairly simple; she had reserved a nightly table in the Osteria Bavaria restaurant, where they often went. Evening after evening she sat and stared at them, until finally a flunkey was sent over to find out who she was. On learning that she was an admirer of the Nazis, and a member of the British Union of Fascists Hitler invited her to join them at their table. Thereafter she became one of their circle, saw them constantly in Munich, accompanied them to meetings, rallies, the Olympic Games.

She was completely and utterly sold on them. The Nazi salute - "Heil Hitler!" with hand upraised - became her standard greeting to everyone, family, friends, the astonished postmistress in Swinbrook village. Her collection of Nazi trophies and paraphernalia now overflowed our little sitting-room - bundles of Stretcher's anti-Semitic paper, Der Stürmer; an autographed copy of Mein Kampf; the works of Houston Stuart Chamberlain, a nineteenth-century forerunner of Fascist ideologists; albums of photographs of Nazi leaders."

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« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2007, 04:23:18 PM »
I was searching the internet about Jessica and found an amusing little item.  She was researching her book on The American way of death and one undertaker had reached his limit with her and her belittling of the use of family vaults the undertake said "  Look lady even Jesus was buried in a vault" to which Jessica replied:  "Prehaps so but He could only stand it for three days."  No indelicate intention meant.

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« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2007, 04:37:45 PM »
At the Chatsworth website you can listen to the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire discuss her husband and his work on the house.

 

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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2007, 04:58:21 PM »
Diana







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« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2007, 04:59:23 PM »
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« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2007, 05:01:28 PM »
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« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2007, 05:02:46 PM »
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« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2007, 05:04:04 PM »
Sisters



Family



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« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2007, 05:10:19 PM »


-Jessica, Deborah and Pamela (with Alexander & Charlotte Mosley) at the book launch party for 'The Nancy Mitford Diaries' in September 1993.

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« Reply #25 on: April 09, 2007, 05:14:02 PM »
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« Reply #26 on: April 09, 2007, 05:30:54 PM »
Unity








(upon her return after suicide attempt)
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« Reply #27 on: April 09, 2007, 05:33:40 PM »
Diana, from an obituary:

"It was in this period of her first marriage that Evelyn Waugh met Diana. Like many young men, he was smitten by her, stating that her beauty ran through the room like a peal of bells, and he dedicated his second novel Vile Bodies to her. In the period when she was running after Sir Oswald, Waugh seems to have largely avoided her, and later still circumstances were against a friendship such as that he enjoyed with her sister Nancy. In a letter of 9th March 1966, a month before he died, Waugh tried to answer the question Diana had obviously put to him - why had their friendship petered out? He states that it was

Pure jealousy. You (and Bryan) were immensely kind to me at a time when I greatly needed kindness, after my desertion by my first wife. I was infatuated with you. Not of course that I aspired to your bed but I wanted you to myself as especial confidante and comrade. After Jonathan’s birth you began to enlarge your circle. I felt lower in your affections than Harold Acton or Robert Byron and I couldn’t compete or take a humbler place. That is the sad and sordid truth.

Then in what was probably his last letter (30th March 1966) Waugh explained to her that Lucy Simmons in his novella Work Suspended was not a cruel portrait of her at the time they were close, though Lucy like Diana was pregnant. He had just used details of pregnancy that he did not know about until he observed Diana’s.

Her relations with her sisters were not entirely smooth. Pamela, the equable, capable one, was a consolation in times of stress; and Deborah, the youngest one who became the Duchess of Devonshire, was always friendly and helpful. Unity had been closest to Diana perhaps, but she had shot herself when Britain declared war on Germany and died disabled nine years later. During the war the oldest sister, Nancy, wrote to the government to warn ministers of Diana’s dangerous predilections and to advise them to keep her in prison, but this unaffectionate act did not stop them from resuming their friendship afterwards. Diana helped to nurse Nancy through her long and agonising final illness before she died in 1973. Jessica, however, had become a Communist and lived in the United States where she and her second husband engaged in labour politics. Diana and she could see little that was creditable in the other and never regained intimacy. At the end of the war Jessica declared that the Mosleys should be thrown back into prison permanently, and the political gulf between them meant that her portrait of Diana in her autobiography Hons and Rebels (1960) was unsympathetic."



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« Reply #28 on: April 09, 2007, 05:43:12 PM »
The Bavarian aristocrat and Harvard alumnus Putzi Hanfstaengl was a very early supporter of Adolf Hitler. Putzi was bi-lingual and fluent in English because his mother was an American (as well as one of Frank Buchman's early Oxford Group members), and his father was a Bavarian aristocrat, so Hitler put Putzi in charge of foreign press relations. Putzi began inviting the Mitford sisters, Unity Mitford and Diana Guiness (later Mosley), to the Nuremberg Nazi Party Day rallies in 1933.
But Putzi didn't like their style. Putzi described in his memoirs how, at this 1934 rally, he had to use his handkerchief to wipe off the extravagant make-up that the Mitford sisters wore, to bring them in line with "Nordic womanhood", so that Hitler's sensibilities would not be offended.113 (Lady Diana commented in her autobiography that she didn't know why she looked so pasty-faced in this photograph. Perhaps Putzi had really messed up her make-up.)
Hitler laughed when Unity later told him about that. He didn't seem to be offended by anything that Unity did. He found her antics amusing. Then Unity got her revenge on Putzi: She complained to Hitler that Putzi was such a stuffed shirt and such a bore that they should play a joke on him. Hitler agreed. They made Putzi believe that he was being exiled to the Spanish Civil War, and then they shoved Putzi into an airplane, which took off. The airplane only flew as far as Munich before landing and letting Putzi out, but the prank totally unnerved Putzi, who complained that they were conspiring to kill him, and he fled in a panic to Switzerland, never to return to Nazi Germany.


(with Putzi Hanfstaengl, at the 1934 Nuremberg Nazi Party Day Rally.)
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Re: The Mitfords
« Reply #29 on: April 09, 2007, 05:44:44 PM »
Diana






(addressing a Fascist rally)

Here's a link to ab interview: http://www.fpp.co.uk/online/03/08/Diana_Mosley2.html
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