Clare Mulley at Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were brilliant pilots with a strong sense of honour and duty. Both fought convention to make their names in the male-dominated field of flight and, come the war, both became pioneering test-pilots, awarded the Iron Cross for service to the Third Reich. Yet they ended their lives on opposite sides of history. " " " "Hanna was middle-class and distinctly Aryan, while Melitta, from an aristocratic Prussian family, was part-Jewish, and while Hanna tried to save Hitler’s life in April 1945, Melitta covertly – and courageously – supported the most famous assassination attempt on the Führer. " " " "In this talk, acclaimed biographer Clare Mulley gets under the skin of these two most distinctive and unconventional women, telling the full – and as yet largely unknown – story of their strangely parallel lives against a changing backdrop of the 1936 Olympics, the Eastern Front, the Berlin Air Club, and Hitler’s bunker.

  • Location

    Northwood House

    Ward Avenue


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  • Event Start Date

    13/10/2017 5:00 PM

  • Event End Date

    13/10/2017 6:00 PM

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About Clare Mulley

Clare Mulley is the author of The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb, which won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize.