Unity Mitford

Unity Valkyrie Freeman Mitford (1914 - 1948)

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Unity Valkyrie Freeman Mitford
Born in London, England, United Kingdommap
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Died in Oban, Scotlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Jan 2017
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Biography

A dedicated Nazi, her parents shared her beliefs. Her father, Lord Redesdale, only renounced Hitler after Britain entered World War II, which her mother refused to do.[1]

"When Adolf Hitler became Chancellor on 30th January 1933, Unity and her sister, Diana Mitford, visited Nazi Germany with Nigel Birch and Victor Montagu. Unity decided to stay and learn the German language. On 31st August 1933, Unity attended the Party Day of Victory. She was part of the English delegation that included William Joyce and Alexander Raven Thomson. Unity recalled: 'The first moment I saw him (Hitler) I knew there was no one I would rather meet.'" [2]

"English socialite best known as a devotee of Adolf Hitler. Both in Britain and Germany, she was a prominent supporter of Nazism and fascism, and formed part of Hitler's inner circle of friends. Following the declaration of World War II, Mitford attempted suicide in Munich, and was officially allowed safe passage back to England in her invalid condition, but never recovered.

Unity was a member of the Mitford family, tracing its origins in Northumberland back to the 11th century Norman settlement of England. Her sister Diana was married to Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists...

Her younger sister, Jessica, with whom she shared a bedroom, was a dedicated communist. The two drew a chalk line down the middle to divide the room. Jessica's side was decorated with hammer and sickles and pictures of Vladimir Lenin, while Unity's was decorated with swastikas and pictures of Adolf Hitler. Dalley commented 'they were kids virtually, you don't know how much it was just a game, a game that became deadly serious in later life.'" [3]

"On September 4th, Unity sat in the park in Munich. With a small pistol in her hand, she shot herself in the head. The gunshot did not kill her though. The bullet was stopped somewhere in the back of her brain.

Hitler arranged for Unity to be taken back to England via a train traveling through Switzerland. Upon arriving in England, the public was enraged when they learned that the Nazi party consort would not face any charges, nor would she even be interviewed by any security agent.

When Unity recovered, she didn’t show any signs of remorse. It has been said that the thing she regretted was hearing that the war was over and Hitler took his own life. In her final days, Unity remained unrepentant. She finally died of meningitis in 1948. [4]

"The notorious British Nazi-sympathizer Unity Mitford—sister of comic novelist/biographer Nancy Mitford and liberal journalist Jessica Mitford—was conceived in Swastika, where her aristocratic family owned a small, non-producing gold mine." [5]

Sources

  1. Wikipedia: David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale
  2. "Spartacus Educational: 'Unity Mitford'"
  3. "Wikipedia: 'Unity Mitford'"
  4. "War History Online: 'The Sordid Life of Hitler’s Valkryie: Unity Mitford', by Evette Champion; Oct 16, 2013."
  5. Kirkland Lake Plaque "KIRKLAND LAKE REGION COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE: 'Swastika - Swastika, Ontario'"


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