COMMENT: We are saddened by the passing of Charles Higham, author and Hollywood biographer whose work included a very important foray into the Nazi Fifth Column in the West, including and especially the U.S. industrialists and financiers who backed the Axis powers of World War II.
Inevitably, Higham has come under fire from the “Usual Suspects”– journalistic snipers who take pot shots at the brave from behind institutional cover.
In Errol Flynn: The Untold Story, Higham analyzed the career of the Hollywood loverboy and concluded that he had been a Nazi spy. Of substantive interest in these quarters is the fact that Flynn was part of a circle of UK expatriates in Hollywood that included Ronald Reagan. (Flynn and Reagan appeared in a number of films together.)
As George Seldes noted, one must learn to “Tell the Truth and Run.”
Well done and Rest in Peace, brave warrior.
EXCERPT: Charles Higham, a prolific celebrity biographer whose books drew vast attention for their memorably vast claims (Errol Flynn was a Nazi spy, Howard Hughes played a central role in Watergate), died on April 21 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.
Mr. Higham (pronounced HYE-um), who began his career as a poet, wrote some two dozen biographies, whose subjects included Katharine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Cary Grant and Orson Welles. . . .
. . . But none sent brows quite as high as “Errol Flynn: The Untold Story” (1980), in which Mr. Higham asserted that Flynn, who died in 1959, had spied for Germany during World War II. Though critics faulted the book for building a deductive chain not expressly compelled by the evidence, Mr. Higham defended his methods.
“I don’t have a document that says A, B, C, D, E, Errol Flynn was a Nazi agent,” he said in an interview with The New York Times the year the biography was published. “But I have pieced together a mosaic that proves that he is.” . . .
. . . . His other books include “Trading With the Enemy: An Exposé of the Nazi-American Money Plot, 1933–1949” . . .