British fascist Mosley post 1945

This 2014 video from Britain is about 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.

Francis Beckett grew up knowing that his father John Beckett had been a left-wing Labour MP who threw in his lot with Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists (BUF) before setting up the National Socialist League with William Joyce. While Joyce, under his Lord Haw-Haw guise, broadcast nazi propaganda from Berlin during WWII — he was hanged at its denouement as a traitor — Beckett was interned in Holloway jail alongside Mosley. Throughout this time and beyond the grave Beckett kept his secret, even from family, that he was Jewish: here.

Revelatory exposé of Britain’s nazi acolytes during WWII. From aristocrats to hairdressers, Tim Tate’s book unearths the Hitler followers aiming to undermine the war effort, says TOM KING.

56 thoughts on “British fascist Mosley post 1945

  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.”


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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.


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  41. Monday 23rd January 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Arts

    What Did You Do During The War?
    by Richard Griffiths (Routledge, £19.99)

    RICHARD GRIFFITHS’S examination of the British pro-nazi movements in the 1930s details the motivations and activities of the assortment of aristocrats, along with the blimpish ex-military brass and their hangers-on, as war loomed and then broke out.

    After describing the well-known history of Oswald Mosley’s prevarications on the outbreak of war, reinterpreting his previous more overt pro-nazi statements and advice to his British Union of Fascists movement, Griffiths turns to examine the influence of other prominent supporters of what the popular and influential historian Arthur Bryant described as the “revolutionary reforms that the National Socialist Party was achieving for German freedom.”

    Like virtually all of the rogues’ gallery of Hitler enthusiasts, Bryant’s main driving force was his anti-semitism and his hatred of the “Asiatic hordes” supposedly endangering Western values.

    Griffiths points out that many in the public, while accepting Germany as the enemy, did not hold strong views on the internal nature of the nazi regime until later in the war.

    Public opinion was clearly influenced by the prominent appeasers and movements like the Peace Pledge Union, which the fascists worked to infiltrate.

    One of the more interesting figures under Griffiths’s scrutiny, whose life he devotes considerable attention to, is the Duke of Bedford.

    Unlike most of his fellow politically motivated nazi sympathisers, he remained true throughout to his openly expressed views, despite increasing public opprobrium.

    If he had no appreciable influence in official circles, others such as the Duke of Buccleugh and Lord Brocket used their positions to suggest to the Germans that, despite official warnings, the British governments would be willing to sacrifice Poland and Czechoslovakia to Hitler.

    As the war progressed, many of this motley band backpeddled or kept their heads down. Others worked within such pro-nazi and anti-semitic groups as The Link, founded by the notorious Admiral Sir Barry Domvile.

    Griffiths has a particularly interesting chapter on the renegades who broadcast anti-British propaganda from Germany.

    Unlike the well-known William Joyce — “Lord Haw Haw” — they were rather sad figures whose ineffectual and self-serving ends were quickly recognised by the Germans.

    In Britain, a pattern developed of many fascists turning on their erstwhile collaborators in attempts to save their own skins.

    Arrests under the Defence Regulations were numerous but an “extensive array of dukes, barons, earls and assorted aristocrats with other pillars of society” were notably left free.

    Even at a time of national danger, class deference held sway.

    Review of Gordon Parsons


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