The Allure of Facism to 1930's British Intelligencia

Hitler and Nazism would not have been so dangerous had they not appealed to the bright, witty and cultured. The lesson came to mind as Talk of the Nation learned of the death of Lady Diana Mosley, a 1930s London socialite. She married an heir to the Guinness brewery fortune but left him for Sir Oswald Mosley, the British facist leader and devoted herself to his cause. Both Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels attended their 1936 wedding in Berlin. Neither World War II nor the Holocaust did much to change her views. Historian John Lukacs joins Neal Conan to discuss how Diana Mosley managed to maintain friendships with both Hitler and Winston Churchill.


John Lukacs
*Author, Churchill: Visionary. Statesman. Historian. (Yale University Press, 2002)

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