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