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David Pryce-Jones
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Dial Press; First American Edition. edition (1977)
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It's not easy to explain why a privileged young English woman would become a groupie of Adolph Hitler's and the author doesn't try. He simply gives the facts of her life and times in a way that make you shake your head in disbelief. Unity Mitford grew up a member of the British upper class. She had no education (one term of finishing school doesn't count), never met any Jew other than the Rothschilds and yet became an admirer of Julius Streicher.

Unity Mitford: An Enquiry into Her Life and the Frivolity of Evil. Unity Mitford, born in 1914 into a dysfunctional aristocratic family, early on developed a rebellious personality and urge to impress by shocking conduct

Unity Mitford: An Enquiry into Her Life and the Frivolity of Evil. Unity Mitford, born in 1914 into a dysfunctional aristocratic family, early on developed a rebellious personality and urge to impress by shocking conduct. So she was in 1932 when at the age of 18 she joined the British Union of Fascists and became an enthusiastic (without experiential basis) anti-semite. In 1933 she traveled with the BUF to a Nuremberg rally and, on hearing Hitler speak, was so struck that she moved to Munich to stalk him.

Pryce-Jones (his family was acquainted with her family) strings together the remembrances of some 200 people in England and Germany who knew the fourth and most notorious Mitford daughter. Anything to dispel the boredom of life at Swinbrook, the family's Edwardian manse.

Unity rebeled against the conventions of her time. com User, September 16, 2004. Anyone who's read anything about the Mitfords knows that Unity was NOT the youngest.

Pryce-Jones was born in Vienna, Austria

Pryce-Jones was born in Vienna, Austria. His mother was Therese Fould-Springer, an heiress belonging to a mostly Viennese Jewish family of immense wealth. Her sister married Élie de Rothschild. He was educated at Eton and read History at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied under A. J. P. Taylor.

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Pryce-Jones, David; Unity Mitford: A Quest (W&N, 1995). ISBN 978-1-85799-370-7; Unity Mitford: An Enquiry into Her Life and the Frivolity of Evil (Dial Press, 1977). ISBN 978-0-8037-8865-7. Gordon, Roberta (1984). Unity Mitford's Unwritten Autobiography (1914–1948)".

The father was David Freeman-Mitford, later Lord Redesdale, whose family could trace its origins back to the eleventh century Norman settlement of England. Unity Mitford: An Enquiry into Her Life and the Frivolity of Evil. In 1904 he married Sydney Bowles who was the granddaughter of Thomas Bowles who established the two well-known London society magazines, "Vanity Fair" and "The Lady" in the late 1890's.

by Pryce-Jones, David. Unity Mitford : an enquiry into her life and the frivolity of evil David Pryce-Jones.

Pryce-Jones, David; Unity Mitford: A Quest (W&N, 1995) ISBN 978-1-85799-370-7; Unity Mitford: An Enquiry into Her Life and the Frivolity of Evil . Inside the Third Reich. 77. ^ a b c d e Mitford, Deborah (8 December 2002). My sister and Hitler: Unity Mitford's war".

Pryce-Jones, David; Unity Mitford: A Quest (W&N, 1995) ISBN 978-1-85799-370-7; Unity Mitford: An Enquiry into Her Life and the Frivolity of Evil (Dial Press, 1977) ISBN 978-0-8037-8865-7.

  • Dagdalas
Anyone who's read anything about the Mitfords knows that Unity was NOT the youngest. The youngest (and only-surviving) Mitford sister (as of 2004) is Deborah, the Duchess of Devonshire. The birth order of the Mitford siblings was Nancy, Pam, Tom, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah.

Now -- about the Pryce-Jones book. I can understand why all the sisters, except Jessica, didn't want it published. Nancy was the only committed anti-Fascist among them and so dreaded family contention, that her book about Unity, Wigs on the Green, was never re-released for publication. Deborah also valued family harmony. The rest of them were, as Jessica (the Communist) says, basically sympathetic to the Fascists and were also anti-semites, in the old tradition of British aristocracy. Even Tom, who supposedly had Jewish clients as a lawyer, was, as his sister Diana pointed out, a paid-up member of the British Union of Fascists. Yecchh.

Nevertheless the book is a fascinating psychological study and worth reading for anyone who's interested in family, or social, pathology. What makes charming, funny, smart, gifted people willingly adopt such a hateful social philosophy?

The book may not provide the definitive answer to this question but it is somewhat enlightening about the pre-war social conditions in England and Germany and the mind-set of Nazi fellow-travelers. Unity may be an extreme case but her story is illuminating.
  • Fararala
The enquiry revealed one mind very confuse...and full of vanity!
  • FEISKO
Could have been trimmed down by at least 50% and still conveyed the essentials of Unity Mitford. I guess the publishing industry requires padding in order to justify the original price. The excess verbiage of this book and many thousands more is why more people are turning to Google and Wikipedia.
  • OCARO
The Mitford bio Hons & Rebels was thusly titled for a reason. Many of the sisters WERE rebels. Unity rebeled against the conventions of her time. She took her pet rat to the debutantes ball, played 5 radios tuned to different stations simultaneously (turned up full blast), & generally did as she pleased. Had she not fallen in with Hitler, it's doubtful that anyone other than rabid anglophiles would know or care about her. BUT, had she not fallen in with Hitler it's also possible that she would be a feminist icon of sorts. This book captures Unity in all her paradoxical complexity. Hitler hated lipstick, yet Unity refused not to wear it in his presence. He hated women drivers, yet was delighted to see Unity zooming about Munich in her sports car. She was a unique woman who refused to bow down before anyone, up to & including her "idol", Hitler. Read this bio & you'll find a woman that, like most fascinating figures, was wildly out of step with the times in which she lived; & as a result will continue to be misunderstood by most. Nonetheless, it's a great read, however you feel about Unity and/or her politics.
  • Gerceytone
Unity was the second youngest of six progeny of Lord and Lady Redesdale, at a time when the iniquitous class system was beginning to decay. Unity Valkyrie (Bobo) Mitford, her four sisters and brother Tom, were reared in the exclusively separatist atmosphere of governesses for the girls, and Eton for Tom - a class apart from the common herd. The girls were strictly supervised and chaperoned, their companions other members of the aristocracy. Lord Redesdale had links with Germany through his father's friendship with Siegfried, the son Richard Wagner, the composer and virulent anti-semite. Nancy became a noted novelist and ardent anti-fascist, while Diana and Unity embraced both Sir Oswald Mosley, his BUF, and Adolf Hitler and National Socialism.

Unity seems to have always been something of a self destructive rebel, apparently enjoying her role as a victim or martyr. She lacked a sense of humor yet enjoyed upsetting and embarrassing others. Both Diana and Unity were considered beauties, with their blonde hair and classical features. Diana married Bryan Guiness but later began an affair with the married Sir Oswald Mosley, whose wife later died. Diana divorced Bryan on the gounds of his adultery, to which he acceded, since it was the absurd custom of the time for the innocent party to take the blame. Mosley and Diana were eventually married on October 6, 1936 in the Goebbel's ministerial house opposite the German Chancellery.

Unity was expelled from St Margarets school because she 'had a fine disregard for the rules of the school'. She joined Mosley's BUF and proudly wore her black shirt and fascist brooch wherever she went, going so far as to give the fascist salute while the national anthem was being played in a cinema. Although considered a nordic style beauty with her height, blue eyes and flaxen hair, she was supposed to have had bad teeth and big hands with 'fingers like sausages', and was reputed to be quite expressionless. Some time in 1934 she 'crossed the divide, to live more in Germany than in England' - with 'full parental approval'. While in Munich she learned Hitler had lunch at the Osteria Bavaria, and would sit there 'day after obsessive day' waiting and hoping to be noticed by her adored fuhrer. Evedntually her persitence paid off and a meeting was arranged. Thus began an extraordinary chain of events culminating in Unity's attempted suicide and her beloved fuhrer's successful suicide. Unity became ss stridently fanatical as Hitler and the vicious Julius Streicher in her hatred for the Jews, and only the prospect of war between Germany and England dampened her enthusiasm for continuing her existence.The Learning Process