Unity Valkyrie Mitford – 8 August 1914 – 28 May 1948
Unity Valkyrie Mitford was conceived in the town of Swastika, Ontario Canada and born on 8-8-1914 in London England, into an unconventional British aristocratic family. She became a fervent supporter and admirer of Adolf Hitler.
When Hitler acceded to power in 1933, Unity travelled to Germany as part of the British Union of Fascists delegations with her sister Diana, and here for the first time she saw Hitler speak at the Nuremberg Rally.
Unity returned to Germany in the summer of 1934, and enrolled in a language school in Munich, close to the NSDAP headquarters. Within a year she learnt to speak good German, and meet not only Hitler, but the rest of his entourage including Himmler, Goering, Hess and Goebbels.
Hitler described her as “a perfect specimen of Aryan womanhood.” She soon became a constant member of their group and accompanied them to party rallies and state occasions as an accepted member of their inner circle.
On September 3rd, 1939, upon hearing that Great Britain had declared war on Germany, she shot herself in the head in the English Garden in Munich. She used a pearl-handled pistol which had been given to her by Hitler for her protection.
Her suicide note read “I yearned to see Britain and Germany United – The rulers of the sea with the lords of the earth – Invincible!! The land of my birth with the land of my hero, a World Dominion!! But with this declaration of war final, a cataclysmic explosion which shatters forever what I have lived and hoped for.”
She survived the suicide attempt but the bullet remained lodged in her brain. At Hitler’s expense she was taken to hospital, he then arranged for her to be sent to Berne in Switzerland, from here her mother and youngest sister Deborah collected her in December, 1939. In 1948 she took seriously ill on a visit to the family owned island of Inch Kenneth and was taken to hospital in Oban where she eventually died of meningitis caused by the cerebral swelling around the bullet. She was aged thirty-four.
Inscribed on Unity’s headstone is written “Say not the struggle naught availeth” which means “Don’t say my struggle meant nothing”