British fascist Mosley post 1945


Sir Oswald Mosley

From London daily The Morning Star:

Mosley‘s real story

(Sunday 11 March 2007)

Very Deeply Dyed in Black by Graham Macklin
(IB Tauris, £45)

DAVID RENTON discovers the havoc that British Union of Fascists leader Oswald Mosley continued to wreak in Europe after 1940.

Of all the books that have been published on British fascism, few take the story beyond 1940.

One common assumption is that, having been detained under wartime powers, the pre-war leader of the British Union of Fascists Oswald Mosley was so humbled by the experience that he did not dare show his face again for 30 years.

Readers of the Morning Star will have no difficulty in recalling a different history.

After 1945, Mosley did attempt to re-launch his British Union of Fascists under the new name of the Union Movement.

He was sporadically successful, notably in Dalston in 1947-8 and in Notting Hill 10 years later.

In both places, Mosley profited on the back of race hatred, aimed against first the Jews and then black British people.

In Dalston, one of Mosley’s victims was the young playwright Harold Pinter.

Then just a teenage boy, Pinter was set upon by a gang of blackshirts and very badly beaten.

In both Dalston and Notting Hill, Mosley’s party was soon met with resistance.

The routing of the Union Movement in Hackney at the hands of the left and the anti-fascists of the 43 Group taught Mosley that there was little prospect of success in Britain.

He did not admit defeat, however, but took his message to Europe.

German POWs were invited to attend British fascist meetings.

On their return to Germany, they were expected to repay their favour by working to promote Mosley’s books in translation.

One of Mosley’s followers was Fritz Roessler, elected to the German federal parliament in 1949.

Another project that he appears to have funded was an SS-Bruderschaft, set up by Alfred Franke-Gricksch, previously the head of the personnel section of Himmler’s Reich main security office.

In June 1949, Mosley spent a week in Spain, where his sponsor was General Franco‘s brother-in-law Ramon Serrano Suner. Mosley’s books were then translated into Spanish.

By 1950, Mosley was in Italy, as a guest of the fascist MSI.

Mosley’s funds and personal support were given to the nurturing of fascist groups in many countries. Graham Macklin also makes much of Mosley’s role as one of the first of the post-war Holocaust deniers.

Over time, Mosley’s audiences declined. Others reaped the rewards. The tale is sordid, but, in its own fashion, compelling.

Mosley was a man with few remaining talents, but considerable funds, a great advocate of malevolence wherever he went.

Macklin is to be praised for having produced this book, which is a worthy addition to every anti-fascist library.

Oswald’s son Max Mosley: here.

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  1. London’s nazi past revealed

    Sunday 01 November 2009

    An astonishing image and footage from a nazi state funeral held within view of Buckingham Palace has been revealed.

    The extraordinary scenes captured in 1936, following the death of the German ambassador Leopold Von Hoesch, show people clearly giving the nazi salute on the balcony of the German embassy on Carlton House Terrace, overlooking the Mall.

    The Carlton House Terrace building – currently occupied by the Royal Society, the national academy of science – was the former home of the German embassy.

    Royal Society executive secretary Stephen Cox said: “It must have been a striking sight to see the Grenadier Guards and nazi soldiers march together down the Mall with a coffin with a swastika on it.

    “This picture is incredible as the soldiers who are side by side could easily have been facing each other on the battlefield just three years later.”

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/britain/London-s-nazi-past-revealed

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  10. Thursday 27 June 2013

    by Graham Stevenson

    Exploring our online archive of the Star’s early years

    The young man had told the Worker reader that he wasn’t really a fascist but he’d been told that if he joined the Fascist Union of British Workers, they would find him a job.

    It was reported on June 28 1933 they also gave him “a good supper, paid his expenses to Hendon, and even supplied him with a clean shirt. He said quite frankly he wasn’t interested in their policy, but he was on the ribs and it seemed better than starving … (he) … told me he’d get the sack if he stood talking to me instead of getting on with the selling. They came and took him away then and told him to report somewhere or other for dinner.”

    In the 1933-4 period the Blackshirts regularly announced to employers that they could supply reliable workers “who are really anxious to get a job of work.”

    The Worker thought it likely that they would be used as scabs. Like many fascist movements, the British Union of Fascists had formed the FUBW as a labour front counter to Communist and Labour-influenced trade unions. But the reactionary bourgeois and petit-bourgeois nature of the BUF soon saw any quasi-socialist elements liquidated, as middle and upper-class ex-officer corps dominated the leadership at all levels, even as some populist rhetoric continued to be employed.

    You can read digitised pages from the Daily Worker (1930-45) and Morning Star (2000-present), as they appeared in print, at http://tinyurl.com/DWMS archive

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/134752

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