The Mitford Sisters

This documentary covers the lives of the infamous Mitford sisters, who played substantial roles in the politics of their times, and who offer us a key glimpse into the personalities behind the rise of both the New Left and the Fascist International. 

Diana Mitford was first married to Bryan Walter Guinness, heir to the barony of Moyne, before divorcing him for Sir Oswald Mosley, with whom she was having an affair. Mosley, a devotee of Aleister Crowley and founder of the British Union of Fascists.[i] In 1920, Mosley married Lady Cynthia Curzon, daughter of Round Tabler, Lord Curzon. When his father died in 1928, Mosley became Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Baronet, of Ancoats. In 1931 Mosley went on a study tour of the “new movements” of Italy's Benito Mussolini and other fascists, and returned convinced that it was the way forward for him and for Britain. He was determined to unite the existing fascist movements and created the British Union of Fascists (BUF) in 1932.

Cynthia died in 1933, after which Mosley married Diana Mitford. Diana and Oswald married in secret in Germany in 1936, in the Berlin home of Joseph Goebbels, where Hitler was one of the guests. Mosley spent large amounts of his private fortune on the British Union of Fascists, negotiating with Hitler, through Diana, for permission to broadcast commercial radio to Britain from Germany.

Unity Mitford, who was conceived in the town of Swastika, Ontario, Canada, where her family had gold mines, was famous for her adulation of and friendship with Hitler. She shot herself in the head days after Britain declared war on Germany, but failed to kill herself and eventually died of pneumococcal meningitis at West Highland Cottage Hospital, Oban. However, investigative journalist Martin Bright, as revealed in an article in The New Statesman, has discovered evidence suggesting that Unity may have faked her injuries to hide the fact that she was carrying Hitler's child.[ii]

Diana’s sister, Jessica Mitford, married Esmond Romilly, who was a nephew-by-marriage of Sir Winston Churchill. She renounced her privileged background at an early age and became an adherent of communism. Nancy and Jessica became well-known writers: Nancy the author of The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate and Jessica's 1963 The American Way of Death.

After Romilly went M.I.A. in 1941, on his way back from a bombing raid over Nazi Germany, Jessica later married Robert Treuhaft, a Jewish-American lawyer, who in 1963 founded his own Oakland-based firm Treuhaft, Walker, and Bernstein, where Hillary Clinton worked as a summer intern in 1971. Treuhaft and his firm also represented anti-Vietnam War protesters, Black Panther Party, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

During the 1960s and 1970s, prominent Black Panther member, James Forman, lived with and had two children from Constancia (“Dinky”) Romilly, the second and only surviving child of Jessica and Esmond. During the 1970s and 1980s, Forman received a PhD from the Union of Experimental Colleges and Universities, in cooperation with the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The New Left, explained former British intelligence officer John Coleman, was a creation of the Tavistock Institute, through the agency of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).[iii]

[i] Peter Levenda, Unholy Alliance, p. 116.

[ii] Martin Bright. “Unity Mitford and ‘Hitler's baby’.” The New Statesman, (May 13, 2002).

[iii] John Coleman, The Committee of 300, "Tavistock Institute Of Human Relations.”