A family history just as eventful as her own life- ‘Who Do You Think You Are? continues with Marianne Faithfull..

The penultimate episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are? features iconic 60s singer, songwriter and actress Marianne Faithfull.

Marianne Faithfull
60s iconic star Marianne Faithfull

The programme looks to be concentrating on her maternal side who were of Austro-Hungarian aristocratic descent. The ‘von Sacher-Masoch’ family contained a number of writers and literary experts and Marianne’s grandfather was also a war hero for Germany in the First World War. This partly kept them from Nazi persecution as they  had some Jewish forebears in the family but their existence in Vienna in the 1940s was precarious as they quietly opposed the regime, distributing anti-Nazi leaflets.

It promises to be another interesting episode and is on BBC1 tonight at 9pm. If you’d like a preview, there’s an interesting article on TheGenealogist at http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/wdytya2013_faithfull.php

Marianne Faithfull
Marianne Faithfull as a young girl

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