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Boris Brasol. The World At The Cross Roads Violet Douglas-Pennant COPY

Boris Brasol.  The World At The Cross Roads.   Boston , Small Maynard & Co. First  edition.  409pp.  VERY GOOD solid copy.  Printed in the USA.  One of the many works of the era published by reputable and established publishing houses that were openly accusing World Jewry of being responsible of wars & revolutions.  Violet Blanche Douglas-Pennant 's autographed copy.   Commandant the Honourable Violet Blanche Douglas-Pennant (31 January 1869 12 October 1945) was a British philanthropist and supporter of local government who served as the second commandant of the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) until her dismissal in August 1918. Born into the aristocracy, Douglas-Pennant became interested in youth clubs for girls which led her to charity work with the unemployed and with disabled children. Working with the Workers' Educational Association led her to become involved in the establishment and reform of local government, and she eventually became a member of the London County Council Education Committee. After the establishment of the WRAF in 1918 she was suggested as a potential Commandant due to her experience in reform and management. She agreed to spend a month "looking round" the camp, and was so unhappy that she repeatedly tried to resign. Following her dismissal on 28 August 1918 by Lord Weir she wrote to several important political figures such as Winston Churchill asking for a judicial inquiry into her dismissal, claiming that it was part of an attempt by other senior WRAF officers to "cover up rife immorality"  at WRAF bases. Lord Stanhope proposed establishing the Select Committee of the House of Lords on the Women's Royal Air Force to investigate any immorality. His proposal passed, and the Committee began its work on 14 October 1918. The Committee found that there was no evidence to back up Douglas-Pennant's accusations, and she was later sued for libel by two of the senior WRAF officers for comments she had made before and during the Select Committee's hearings. Douglas-Pennant was never again employed by the government, and spent the following decades attempting to clear her name before her death on 12 October 1945.

 

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