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Island of Peace in an Ocean of Unrest
The Letters of Dorothy von Moltke
by Catherine R. Hammond




Keeping the Helmuth von Moltkes Straight

by Catherine R. Hammond

Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke (1800-1891) "Helmuth von Moltke the Elder." Field Marshal under Bismark and Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany; master-minded winning of Franco-Prussian War in 1871. Title: Count. No heirs.

Helmuth Johann Ludwig von Moltke (1848-1916) "Helmuth von Moltke the Younger," nephew of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (#1). Chief of German General Staff from 1906 to 1914 and beginning of World War I. Title: Count.

Helmuth von Moltke (1876-1939)
Nephew of Helmuth von Moltke the Younger and grandnephew of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder.. Title: Count. Christian Scientist and husband of Dorothy Rose Innes von Moltke, who wrote the letters I would like to publish under the title Island of Peace in an Ocean of Unrest: Selected and Annotated Letters of Dorothy von Moltke 1902-1934. In this book, I refer to him alternately as "the Count," "Count von Moltke," "Helmuth," or as "Helmuth von Moltke." Hopefully, the context of these references will clarify which "Helmuth von Moltke" or "Count von Moltke" I am talking about. (He is also affectionately referred to in his wife's letters as "the Y.T.," for "the Young Teuton"). I refer to his wife and author of the letters alternately as "Countess von Moltke," "the Countess," "Dorothy," or "Dorothy von Moltke." Context here also should clarify which "Countess" I am referring to.



Helmuth James von Moltke (1907-1945) Eldest son of Helmuth von Moltke (#3, the Christian Scientist) and Dorothy von Moltke. Celebrated hero of the German Resistance and leader of the Kreisau Circle. Executed by the Nazis on January 23, 1945.

Letters to his wife, Freya von Moltke, published as Briefe an Freya, and subsequently in English as Letters to Freya. Second volume of letters between Helmuth James and Freya was published by Beck in 2011 as Abschiedsbriefe Gefängnis Tegel (Farewell Letters from Tegel Prison).

Helmuth Caspar von Moltke (1938-)
Eldest son of Helmuth James and Freya von Moltke, and grandson of Helmuth and Dorothy von Moltke. Retired businessman, living in Montreal, Canada. Active in promoting the Freya von Moltke Stiftung (Foundation) and the Kreisau Center for European Understanding, located on the former von Moltke estate in Krzy?owa, Poland (formerly Kreisau, Germany).

Hans Adolf von Moltke (1884-1943)
A von Moltke cousin. Ambassador to Poland until Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Hitler appointed him Ambassador to Spain in 1943, but he died soon after his arrival in Madrid.

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