While a student at the University of Cambridge, Philby became a communist and in 1933 a Soviet agent. 1963Disappears in Beirut on 23 January. Anthony Blunt referred to her as the grandmother of the Cambridge spies. Chicago-born Melinda, whom he married in France in 1940, knew all along that Donald was a spy. One of the first tasks he was given was to spy on his own father, which he did, without question digging up very little, because, though the Russians failed to believe it, there was nothing to dig up. Image: Barney Beech, Kim's graveside, at Kuntsovo Cemetry. This is the first time Ive ever stood at the foot of my grandfathers grave, but I know it instantly. Princess Anne is the 'perfect' example of a spare thanks to her 'sense of duty', Charles's first royal RSVP! The comments below have not been moderated. Online calculator reveals how inflation-busting 14.4% hike will Do not sell or share my personal information. He became more optimistic once the family was deemed fully rehabilitated and they moved to Moscow in 1955. I am a private person and a political person. 1944Appointed head of Section IX, newly formed to operate against Communism and the Soviet Union. Was he wrong to have continued on the Communist path once so many others had stepped off? The next day she notified the British Consul in Geneva. He married Litzi Friedman, a fellow activist and an Austrian Jew, to help her escape persecution. But that didnt mean the ideal itself was corrupt or not worth pursuing. This article was amended on 31 March. Eleanor found Melinda amusing but nervous and highly strung and yearning for the luxuries of Western capitalism. Today, Moscows main strip, Tverskaya Ryad which I remember from childhood holidays as a drab grey stretch clotted with queues of people who looked like they didnt know what they were waiting for (though it was usually oranges or ice cream) is barely recognisable: a knot of designer stores and mobile-phone shops, interspersed with garish billboards hanging between the buildings above the busy main road. What are you currently reading?Im trying to reconnect with what made me fall in love with books and the process of writing so Im going back to reread some of the books that feel seminal for me: The Beach, The Child in Time, White Teeth, Disgrace, The Poisonwood Bible and The Peoples Act of Love. By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org | A large amount of the letters in the book are lifted verbatim from those. The boys told a child they met on a beach that the photos he had taken could not be forwarded to them as we are going away and we dont know where we are going. His wife Eleanor joined him in Moscow, and the Philbys and the Macleans spent a lot of time together, going to the ballet or just having dinner and playing bridge. Everything has seen better days. Philby had defected to the Soviet Union from Beirut in 1963, and was treated with respect, but felt isolated. Men with erectile dysfunction who take Viagra are 25% less likely to Money saving guru Martin Lewis reveals easy FIRST step to clearing thousands of pounds in debt. Melinda returned to Donald, but two years later moved to her own apartment. Feeling a strong dissatisfaction with British policy in the Middle East, Kims father resigned from the Foreign Service in 1930, converting to Islam and taking the name Hajj Abdullah. Philby was a 25-year-old reporter for The Times and had just returned from covering the Spanish Civil War when he met rebellious Aileen Furse in London in 1937. He was my grandfather, and then as I grew older it became apparent that he was someone else, too. You should have seen his face.". What are you writing next?After publishing four novels in four years, Im taking more time to write the next one. Inside, the atrium leading to the main sorting office and collection point is now dotted with stalls selling electronic goods, pricey mobile-phone accessories and flowers at 3 a stem. I remember Kims words: I have followed exactly the same line the whole of my adult life. "It was winter and we were going out for a walk and I found one of my boots had disappeared. Of course, he made bold and hugely controversial decisions, some of which had fatal consequences, but he didnt do so lightly. Prince and Princess of Wales pay tribute to Auschwitz survivor Zigi Shipper, who dedicated his life to No rest for Anne! Despite the number of times we visited Kim in Moscow, no one in the family was ever allowed to have his address. Rather than angrily confront Philby, the American stated he would ask with considerable satisfaction, "How do . But even then, having made calculated decisions based on deeply-felt political ideals, I still dont think he would have done things any differently. But he also did it to impress her. 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Cambridge-educated Nicholas Elliott and Kim Philby became close friends in 1940, when they were both working in separate departments of the British Intelligence . Finally the car grinds to a halt, and the driver, catching my eye in his rear-view mirror, gives a nod. In a written statement, they admitted they had been Communists since their Cambridge days and disingenuously described themselves as political refugees, not spies. And it is to these that my mind turns as I make my way from my hotel, across Red Square, the following day towards Kims flat, following the route marked out in pencil on a rather vague map drawn up from the combined memories of various family members, none of whom has been here in more than 20 years. In his diary for the London Review of Books, Bennett wrote: Philby does seem to have been responsible for the betrayal and presumed torture and death of a network of agents in a way thats never been proved of Blunt. Image: Barney Beech, The courtyard outside Kim's flat. death death: 1988-05-11. Kim Philby, British intelligence officer and member of the Cambridge Five, defected to the Soviet Union in 1963. Eleanor Kearns was born in Seattle in 1914. How easy did you find it to capture Kims voice?I spent so long with his letters and they gave me such an insight into the expressions he used, the way he spoke, how he flipped between being tender and reflective and witty and scathing, and his very English obsession with the weather. The Soviet authorities buried him with honors when he died in 1988. Kim Philby and Nicholas Elliott. He would say we and our when speaking of the Soviet Union and defended his adopted countrys brutal crushing of the Hungarian Uprising in 1956 an event that disgusted many Left-wing supporters back in the UK. At one stage, in the programme for his play Single Spies, the writer Alan Bennett printed a claim that my dad John had turned up late to his own fathers funeral, straight from the airport, and stood swaying behind a gravestone clutching bags of booze. As well as being my grandfather whom I remember from childhood trips to Russia as a funny old man with a beaming smile, who dressed almost exclusively in white vests and braces Kim Philby, to this day, remains one of the most significant double agents in modern history. Because hed told her from the very start. Of course, if there is a conflict, the political person comes first.. He died in 1983 at the age of 69, recording beforehand that I do not at all regret having done what seemed and still seems to me my duty. I turn left, according to my map, away from Kims local grocery, where a creature of habit hed collect his daily supply of bread and whatever fruit and vegetables were available. But more generally womens roles in espionage have been sidelined, and I wonder if thats because a lot of this history has been recorded by men. . She flirted with other men and had affairs. Life in Moscow. And in 1951, as his spying activities unravelled and his Soviet masters told him to defect, she agreed the best course of action was for him to be ex-filtrated rather than try to brazen out the accusations of treachery that were soon to be levelled at him. When you look at the way Edith is referred to in the [security services] files as that foreign woman, I wonder whether theres a sense of embarrassment too. Recently I found a paparazzo shot of my dad with a suitcase getting into a car and me, aged five, looking into the camera, and I had this moment of recognition. She is also the granddaughter of, MI5missed early chance to expose Soviet agent Kim Philby, files reveal, Love and Deception: Philby in Beirut by James Hanning review the spy who loved, maybe, ASplinter of Ice review Graham Greene and Kim Philby clink glasses, Graham Greenes showdown with Soviet spy Kim Philby: A Splinter of Ice review, KimPhilby: new revelations about spy emerge in secret files, George Blake exemplified the desolation, waste and treachery of the cold war, Moscow names square after British double agent Kim Philby, Athriller of spies and betrayal: by Kim Philbys granddaughter. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. En route, I pass some of Kims old haunts, and heeding his advice to visitors If you can no longer feel your nose, go inside stop off briefly for coffee at that famous Soviet hangout the Hotel Metropole. Philby is summoned for interrogation and asked to resign from Foreign Service. When I happened upon the story of Edith Tudor-Hart, I knew that she was the person I had to write about. There, a tall man in a blue suit and red bow-tie held out his hand and said: I am Donald Maclean. With him in the room was Guy Burgess. Over the years he did everything that was asked of him: he gave everything he had to the cause, and yet still Moscow was deeply suspicious of a man who has been described as their finest and most loyal servant. Ive recorded a podcast with the BBC that will be announced later this year, and my husband and I have bought an old pub that we want to turn into a creative space to make available to charities and people who wouldnt otherwise have access to that, so thats an ongoing project. But in Russia he is still admired as a hero. Melinda fitted the bill. Melinda Maclean. Charlotte Philby, 39, is a former investigative reporter and the author of three critically acclaimed spy novels. She has been described as "tall and slim, sweet-natured, and restless". A Double Life: The Times & Observers Thriller of the Month. Did your father, John, talk about his father?We never had a family meeting where he said: Right, Im going to explain to you who your grandfather was. That was not at all the kind of person he was. Macmillan was, of course, Prime Minister by 1962, when the Soviet double agent George Blake was caught, and Kim could no longer hide the truth. And this was the line Melinda presented to MI5 after his defection with fellow mole Guy Burgess: she had been every bit as duped as theyd been. In the intervening years, there have been endless attempts to understand how this gregarious, public-school educated English chap and his fellow Cambridge spies Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, Anthony Blunt and John Cairncross could have been persuaded to betray their country, and dupe their family and their friends. To support the Guardian and Observer order your copy at guardianbookshop.com. Putting real historical characters into a novel is a minefield, especially those who existed within living memory. In the middle of the bookcase behind his desk, above his empty chair, just where Kims head would have rested, a single book looms out, cover first. In her article, published yesterday in British daily The Independent, she describes Kim Philby as a proud man, and one who chose to publicly stand by his actions. Exposure showed me along with William Boyds Restless how you can write a novel that is ostensibly a spy story but is really about the people, and the families, at the heart of a great betrayal. She emphasised the strength and goodness of their fathers moral and political beliefs as a committed communist who wanted peaceful co-existence between East and West. Kim Philby was probably the most successful double spy in history. He reported to the Soviet NKVD from the Spanish civil war under the guise of a correspondent for the Times, and in 1940 joined the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, or MI6), becoming a double agent and passing many secrets to the Kremlin. Britain declares that Philby is the Third Man. Philby lives in Bristol with her husband and three children. Her fourth novel, Edith and Kim, tells the linked stories of her grandfather and Edith Tudor-Hart, a Jewish photojournalist born in Vienna, who studied at the Bauhaus, married an Englishman, worked as a Soviet agent in London and introduced Kim to his Russian handler. Charlotte Philby was only five years old when Kim died, but says she vividly remembers her grandfathers small modest flat several floors above ground level, in central Moscow, as well as the epic games of chess [the double spy played with her] dad over several glasses of whiskey when the family would visit him in Russia. The gang of British spies who ended up in Moscow in the 1950s and 1960s were employed in KGB training schools and international research institutes. Melinda, it turned out, had driven to Lausanne, where tickets were waiting and luggage had been left in a station locker. But the place where Kims presence looms largest from every corner is in his study. Joins Cambridge University Socialist Society. Rebuilding it meant forging a unique friendship with the very woman he left her for. Laying flowers at my grandfather's grave. According to a recent piece in the Daily Telegraph: For years Philby had sabotaged Allied missions behind the Iron Curtain and had calculatedly sent dozens of agents to their deaths. Most famously, he was almost certainly responsible for the tip-off which led to the deaths of the first British-sponsored Albanians who parachuted in to remove Enver Hoxhas Communist regime. His cover story was that he was a political migr, a trade union leader persecuted in England for his political views. Theirs had always been a stormy marriage, punctuated by bad behaviour on both sides and terrible rows. The little blue pill really is magic! In Philbys own eyes he was working for the shape of things to come from which his country would benefit., Kim went to great efforts upon his return to England to cover the traces of his Communist background joining the Anglo-German fellowship in 1934, and editing its pro-Hitler magazine. How much more so when its your own family?My relationship to my grandfather is complex and constantly evolving. History / World. Lets have another drink on it, old man. Good old Kim. I would like to have drawn Bennett further on his comments, but unfortunately, when I contacted his agent to request a meeting, my invitation was declined. Kim sacrificed everything he had: he risked his life and the lives of others, he betrayed his colleagues and duped his family and friends (even spying on his own father at one stage, as will be explained shortly) because he genuinely believed from the point when he joined the movement and set his sights against the seemingly irrepressible rise of Fascism that Communism was a cause worth holding dear above all else. Philby died in the city in 1988, 25 years after defecting to the Soviet Union, where he was employed as an occasional consultant to the KGB helping to prepare spies for missions to the west. Were you always aware that your family had this extraordinary history? 1946Moves to Turkey, working as head of SIS there. "If he continued drinking, he got inebriated quickly and changed in front of your eyes," she said. children: John David Philby Josephine F. Philby Dudley Thomas Philby Miranda Philby Harry George Philby Birth. Now, in an attempt to impose some order on my own understanding of my grandfather, to clarify the kaleidoscopic image of him which has formed in my mind, I have returned for the first time as an adult to the country where, in political exile, he lived out the last 25 years of his life. As the icy breeze hits our cheeks, he points towards a raised tomb set forward slightly from the rest: Yeltsins mama, he explains. In 1955, Harold Macmillan, then Foreign Secretary, issued a statement confirming that there was no evidence that Kim Philby was a Soviet agent. Today, standing at last at his final resting place, surrounded by ex-prime ministers and national heroes in an isolated cemetery on the outskirts of Moscow, with two perfect strangers looming behind me, Im once again reminded of quite how different he was. But the two men, for so long ideological comrades, fell out. . Her mood changed, though, with Stalins death in March 1953 and the prospect that the Soviet Union might now become a more open place. Those are the facts but there are plenty of question marks too. Elegant Princess of Wales is all smiles as she plays with children on visit to a nursery amid backlash over Thrifty Kate strikes again! Writing Edith and Kim alongside home schooling and everything else has been a big thing and I feel now is a good time to pause and reflect. The basic facts, after all, are well-documented. He went on to serve the KGB for 54 years. She hoped Donald would now find a way of getting in touch with her. And while on holiday in Majorca, she gave away a lot of her clothes to the maid of a family she was staying with. It is an old-fashioned home, not like the homes of new Russia, where everything is modern and imported. She cannot imagine what Kim would have made of this new world, where a minority have benefited so enormously while many outside the capital, the vast majority live in abject poverty with little support from the state. Kim Philby: new revelations about spy emerge in secret files UK government launched campaign to block memoirs being published fearing damaging disclosures Kim Philby had been secretly. Today, as Kims widow greets me at the door, offering me a pair of woollen slippers, the atmosphere is quiet and calm. Opposites attracted. When they had not returned on the Sunday night, her mother was frantic. A retired CIA agent was once asked what he would say to Kim Philby, an MI5 agent who spied for Joseph Stalin, if he encountered the defector in Moscow. At the sight of our car, the men leap from their posts, saluting and buzzing the electric gates; one jumps into the front seat and calls out instructions as we roll off again. Shes a sympathetic character in the novel. Why British spy Donald Maclean's wife dumped him and their three children for fellow traitor Kim Philby The Maclean's marriage was stormy, with rows, infidelity and bad bahaviour Friends. In the living room, the same furs hang above the sofa, alongside a pair of Afghan guns a gift from the KGB colleague whom I spoke to earlier. He was 65. Being one of North Korea's elite, for the nation he was the highest profile defection since No Kum-sok (above . It was seeing those photos as a six-year-old child which helped first alert me to the fact that there was something a bit different about grandpa Kimsky. When her brother-in-law, Alan Maclean, asked her whether she would join Donald if she knew for sure that he was behind the Iron Curtain, she gave a firm No. Philby spied on his poor wife Aileen, the mother of his children His passage up to the highest levels of MI6 was so swift and easy that from time to time his Soviet controllers worried he must. As Kim told my mother when she asked him if he felt any remorse, he believed he was a soldier, fighting a bloody war in the bloodiest century in history. In this article for The Independent Magazine, I returned to Moscow to discover the truth about my grandfather, the infamous Third Man. And sadness. In Spain, reports the Civil War from General Francos side, and is awarded the Red Cross of Military Merit by Franco. Understandably, as a consequence, he is loathed by many. While working as a senior member of British intelligence, he spied on behalf of the Soviet KGB and NKVD from the early 1930s until 1963, when he defected to Moscow. No doubt your grandfather would have disapproved of the sharp contrasts in present-day Russia, he said. Fergie is horrified that [Donald] might have done something wrong at the office and the FO will be very angry when he returns. n ADAPTED from A Spy Named Orphan by Roland Philipps, to be published by The Bodley Head on April 26 at 20. It was a miracle. His eldest son was my father, John - who was himself a 19-year-old art student in 1963 when he first learnt of Kim's espionage; stepping off a ferry on the Isle of Wight, he was met by a billboard stating that Kim was a wanted man. 21 offers from $10.67. Banner-waving XR zealots let off smoke flares, pour black paint outside Home Office British tennis fans are kicked out for chanting 'You're just a s*** Andy Murray' during Cameron Norrie's Farmer, 71, who appeared on BBC documentary This Farming Life is killed by one of his own cows. 1934Marries Communist Jew Litzi Friedman. The extent of these contrasts can be seen by comparing two articles appearing on consecutive days in the Moscow Times. Shes always cast as a bit player if shes mentioned at all, but she was a remarkable woman. But above all, the problem was that Kims intelligence was too good, and to their detriment intelligence services are geared to believe that the better information is, the more it should be questioned. Without a word, he steps out in his long dark trench coat and buffed-leather shoes, opening the back door for me to follow. Kim Philbys granddaughter describes memories of her grandfather. Kims case was not helped by the fact that several of his Soviet controllers including Mar, the man who recruited him had later been executed as enemies of the people. With his brilliant mind and First from Cambridge, Maclean could bask in being the superior intellect to an under-educated, attractive woman who was both affectionate and popular, where he was withdrawn, giving nothing of himself away. 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Prince Harry drops 45 points and Meghan Markle 36 points in just over a month in US public opinion poll Sadiq Khan faces furious backlash over plans for biggest transport and council tax rises in a decade as James Martin warns This Morning viewers why they should NEVER store their eggs in the fridge. He never promised to give up, but once, completely unexpectedly, he suddenly said, 'I'm afraid I'm going to lose you, I'm not going to drink any more.' Charlotte Philby, daughter of John Philby, H.A.R. Edith and Kim: The brilliant new historical spy novel based on the true story of the woman behind the Cambridge spies in Cold War espionage. The Philby talent for putting on an act has been inherited by Charlotte, in a sense: she worked in theatre as a child, training with Anna Scher, whose radical Islington theatre group has spotted such talent as Kathy Burke and Phil Daniels. "Once, a big group of us were on a trip on the Volga: Kim and I and, of course, his KGB escort, and the escort's daughter. "Kim said to me, 'I came here totally fully of information, I wanted to give everything I had but no one was interested," explained Pukhova. He was happy in Moscow and fulfilled by his work. Why do you think she has been overlooked?Partly because her files were only released to the National Archive in 2015. Just five years ago, my mum and I were refused service in a shop in Arizona on account of the name on our credit cards. In our final extract, she secretly joins him behind the Iron Curtain. Slowly but surely, he was turning himself into one of the most cunning and treacherous double agents of all time. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. In his own words: I am really two people. They took the train to Zurich, where they changed trains to Schwarzach in Austria. But though his love affair with the cause never wavered, his love affair with Melinda did. "He once even said that it was the easiest way to bring life to an end. Melinda translated Russian stories into English for the weekly English paper, Moscow News. The Macleans lived well, housed in a smart building overlooking the river, in a splendid six-room flat which they gradually filled with bric--brac and furniture shipped from home. He believed in freedom of speech and thought that Stalinism and all that were temporary and obviously, the outcome proved otherwise. He was previously married to Rufina Ivanovna Pukhova, Eleanor Brewer, Aileen Furse and Litzi Friedmann. Two hours later, wind-battered and almost frozen solid, I finally arrive at the gates of the busy cemetery, where, hoping the guard might be able to point me in the right direction, I scrawl down my grandfathers name and the word Communist on an old tissue, and flash my driving licence. Kim was appointed head of a newly formed anti-Soviet section, and as the top Secret Intelligence Service representative, worked for several years in liaison with the CIA and FBI all along handing information straight back into the hands of the Russians. The gramophone, in front of which Kim would take a seat to listen to the World Service at 7pm every evening with a cup of coffee, makes a tremendous groan as it comes to life, but its still very much in working nick. He travelled extensively, while also making his way up the ranks of the British intelligence services by 1944, Kim was appointed head of a newly formed anti-Soviet section, and was later sent to Washington where, as the top Secret Intelligence Service representative, he worked for several years in liaison with the CIA and FBI. The shiny black 44 rumbles slowly through the graveyard. Image: Beech Beech. The two men said very little and the interview lasted barely five minutes. I am learning more about my family everyday.. 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