The Moltke Family

  • Michael Balfour
  • Julian Frisby


When on 22 September 1942 Helmuth von Moltke had supper in Oslo with leaders of the Norwegian Resistance, the main dish, in a meal which he found ‘fit for a prince’, was grouse.* This, as he jokingly wrote to his wife, was ‘very tactful’ because his hosts had — unwittingly — involved him in consuming his family crest. For the Moltkes, like grouse, came from Northern Europe and there is scarcely a country in Scandinavia or along the Baltic shores where they have not been active. Helmuth sometimes attributed this dispersion to their habit of choosing the losing side in political disputes, and needing in consequence to change domicile quickly.


General Staff German Unification Main Dish Political Dispute Young Artist 
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  1. 1.
    J. Burke, History of the Commoners (1838), Vol. IV, p. 7.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    E.Kolb in Historische Zeitschrift for 1969, Vol. 209, pp. 318–56.Google Scholar

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© Michael Balfour and Julian Frisby 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Balfour
    • 1
  • Julian Frisby
  1. 1.University of East AngliaUK

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