The years between World War I and World War II offer thought provoking events and perspectives. Marie Benedict has written a historical novel, The Mitford Affair, published in 2023. The book looks at one family’s views and alignments during a confusing political time period.
The Mitford family had six daughters and one son. Two of these English daughters (Diana and Unity) developed a friendship with Hitler and were in full support of Nazism. One daughter pursued communism. This family was related to Winston Churchill through his wife, Clementine.
Political aspirations and differing world views divided the family members. One daughter’s life ended tragically.
Benedict tries to unravel the motivations of the daughters. I was astounded as I read the about the women’s lives, as imagined by Benedict, and found myself checking the bios of Diana and Unity on-line.
My thoughts turned to our own political time. How do we decide what we believe? Sometimes it is hard to know the truth. We need a wisdom greater than our own. I feel called to pray more, to look to the Bible for guidance.