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1896: Birth of British Fascist Sir Oswald Mosley

1896: Birth of British Fascist Sir Oswald Mosley
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  • historical event: In the year 1932 Sir Oswald Mosley founded the British Union of Fascists. He introduced paramilitary units, the so-called Blackshirts, modeled on the Nazis in Germany. After his wife died, he married his mistress in Goebbels’ apartment in Berlin.

Sir Oswald Mosley was born in England to an aristocratic family. He was a fourth cousin of the current Queen Elizabeth II. From his father he inherited the title of baronet and the prefix “Sir”. He married the daughter of Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India. In 1932 he founded the British Union of Fascists. He introduced paramilitary units, the so-called Blackshirts, modeled on the Nazis in Germany.

After his wife died, he married his mistress in Goebbels’ apartment in Berlin. Adolf Hitler was one of the guests at the wedding. During the war, the British interned Mosley, like most British fascists. He died in 1980 at the age of 84. Mosley was considered to be a British parallel to Hitler, and was, for the most part, unpopular in his home country. In 2006, the BBC selected him as the worst Briton of the 20th century. In Aldous Huxley’s novel Point Counter Point, the character of Everard Webley was based on Mosley.

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