She took up acting because the malnutrition she suffered under the nazis permanently damaged her health and prevented her from pursuing her dream to be a ballerina. During the war, she danced to raise money for the resistance – even though she was literally starving, she used what strength she had to make sure more nazis got shot.
Also, just from a quick perusal of Wikipedia:
“We saw young men put against the wall and shot, and they’d close the street and then open it and you could pass by again…Don’t discount anything awful you hear or read about the Nazis. It’s worse than you could ever imagine.”
—Hepburn on the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands
In the mid-1930s, Hepburn’s parents recruited and collected donations for the British Union of Fascists.
(‘It changed its name to the “British Union of Fascists and National Socialists” in 1936 and, in 1937, to “British Union”. It was finally disbanded in 1940 after it was proscribed by the British government, following the start of the Second World War.’ – source)
Sounds like Dad’s project.
Joseph left the family abruptly in 1935 and moved to London, where he became more deeply involved in Fascist activity and never visited his daughter abroad. Hepburn later professed that her father’s departure was “the most traumatic event of my life”…Hepburn’s parents officially divorced in 1938. In the 1960s, Hepburn renewed contact with her father after locating him in Dublin through the Red Cross…
Meanwhile, while Dad was whooping it up with Mosley and the gang? The family lost everything under the occupation, and ended up eating tulip bulbs under the German blockade.
Hepburn’s half-brother Ian was deported to Berlin to work in a German labour camp, and her other half-brother Alex went into hiding to avoid the same fate…
In addition to other traumatic events, she witnessed the transportation of Dutch Jews to concentration camps, later stating that “more than once I was at the station seeing trainloads of Jews being transported, seeing all these faces over the top of the wagon. I remember, very sharply, one little boy standing with his parents on the platform, very pale, very blond, wearing a coat that was much too big for him, and he stepped on the train. I was a child observing a child.”
Can’t imagine any of those experiences would have made the lady more sympathetic to far right movements. And this information is not difficult to find. She didn’t exactly keep her views secret.
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