Prominent Visitor at the Turn of the Year!

At the turn of the year 1932, Henry Ludwig Mond, 2nd Baron Melchett, pays a visit to Czernowitz, accompanied by his secretary, a son of the famous poet and Zionist politician Berthold Feiwel.

Henry Ludwig Mond, 2nd Baron Melchett, 10.05.1898 – 22.01.1949, was a British politician, industrialist and financier. Henry Mond was born in London, the only son of Alfred Moritz Mond, 1st Baron Melchett, and his wife Violet. He first visited Palestine in 1921 with Chaim Weizmann and subsequently became an enthusiastic Zionist, contributing money to the Jewish Colonization Corporation for Palestine and writing for Zionist publications. He became President of the British Zionist Foundation and made financial contributions to Zionist causes. He was the first President of the Technion in 1925. Melchett founded the town of Tel Mond, now in Israel.

Henry Mond With His Father and Two Sons

Statue of Lord Melchett in Tel Mond

He was educated at Winchester College. From 1915 he served in World War I with the South Wales Borderers but was wounded in 1916. He then joined some of his father’s businesses, becoming a director, and from 1940 to 1947 chairman, of Imperial Chemical Industries and he was also a director of the Mond Nickel Company and Barclays Bank. He served as Member of Parliament for the Isle of Ely 1923-24 as a Liberal. He then became a Conservative and was Member of Parliament for Liverpool East Toxteth from 1929 to 1931. On the death of his father in 1930 he succeeded to the barony becoming the 2nd Baron Melchett. He then set about restoring the family finances and moved his interests away from politics to economics.

Having been brought up in the Church of England, he reverted to his family’s Judaism in the 1930s and became a champion of Zionism, hoping that the Jews and Arabs could live harmoniously with each other. He advocated the evacuation of Jews from Germany to Palestine and supported the formation of an independent state of Palestine as part of the British Commonwealth. He was chairman of the British Agency for Palestine and took an interest in the Maccabean Jewish youth organisation. He married Amy Gwen Wilson, from South Africa, in 1920. She was described as: “a show stopping beauty and artist”.

They had a London home, Mulberry House in Smith Square, Westminster, which had a work of art by the era’s proment artist Charles Sargeant Jagger on display in their living room. This revealed a sensational secret that led to censure and outrage. They indulged in a ménage à trois with writer Gilbert Cannan, a friend of D H Lawrence. Paying homage to their sexual proclivities, they commissioned a 1.6m high relief from Jagger called “Scandal”. This showed a naked couple in an intimate embrace watched by society ladies in a state of outrage. The work was bought by the Victoria and Albert Museum for £106,000 where it is on display.

Mulberry House – Lord & Lady Melchett’s London Residence

They had had two sons and one daughter. The elder son, Derek, was killed in a flying accident while he was serving with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1945. Mond bought and restored Colworth House on the edge of the Bedfordshire village of Sharnbrook and lived there for twelve years. During World War II he made the house available for the recuperation of American nurses and to house Jewish refugees.

Colworth House

He sold the house to Unilever in 1947 due to his wife’s conviction that moving to Florida would restore his health. He died at Miami Beach, Florida in 1949 and the title passed to his surviving son Julian.

Released by Edgar Hauster, based on Eric Turner’s article for the APOLLO MAGAZINE, dated 22.09.1009, published by The Esoteric Curiosa.

3 thoughts on “Prominent Visitor at the Turn of the Year!

  1. Irene Fishler

    Very nice!For me “Der Tag” of Czernowitz is a somewhat strange way to learn about great Zionist personalities and about our country. In Haifa we have a small Melchett Street, down the steep Balfour Street, opening exactly across the entrance to the historical building of the Technion.On the shores of the Kinnereth ( the Gallilee Sea) you can spend a night with your family at the Melchett-Villa for 5,ooo IS only. Have a look:,Irene

  2. Hedwig Brenner

    Thank Edgar for the very interesting article..By the way, the secretary of Lord Melchett, the son of the Zionist Feiwel Berthold is the cousin of my friend Alice Arbel, a very known painter and sculptor in Haifa….Berthold Feiwel is the brother of her mother…I phoned her immediately, she asked very astonished about the article,,,and I printed it for her because she has no PC…It’s amazing how you are finding all these interesting things…Thanks also in the name of AliceBests reguards Hedwig

  3. Dow Friedman

    A velt mit veltalech. More you live more you learn.By now I think that you are tired to hear how your work is important. But I am a hard neck: I will repeat: bravo for your work.Shabat ShalomDow

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