PANKHURST (SYLVIA) Series of twenty-four typed letters signed, written as editor of New Times and Albanian News, to Dervish Durma, an Albanian diplomat, broadcaster and community activist, 1941-1945
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PANKHURST (SYLVIA) Series of twenty-four typed letters signed, written as editor of New Times and Albanian News, to Dervish Durma, an Albanian diplomat, broadcaster and community activist, 1941-1945
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PANKHURST (SYLVIA)
Series of twenty-four typed letters signed, written as editor of New Times and Albanian News, to Dervish Durma, an Albanian diplomat, broadcaster and community activist, demonstrating her support for both the liberation of Albania and that of Ethiopia and sharing in Durma's ambition to bring these issues before the British public ("...I think it is the right moment to take up Albania's case... one has to work early otherwise one finds that an opinion has been formed and hardened which one cannot break down in a short time..."), discussing, inter alia, Durma's contributions to her newspaper, its distribution among Albanians and MPs, questions of layout, etc.; in one long letter explaining how Ethiopian affairs have eclipsed her other concerns; some letters annotated by Pankhurst or Durma, plus related material including Durva's side of the correspondence and a further letter by Pankhurst to Sir Edward Boyle, some 35 pages, filing-holes and some marks from paper-clips, 4to and 8vo, office of the New Times and Albanian News, Woodford Green, 1941 to 1945

Footnotes

  • SYLVIA PANKHURST SUPPORTS ALBANIAN RESISTANCE TO MUSSOLINI'S FASCIST EMPIRE: 'The issue which was to become central to her political work for the rest of her life, however, was the cause of Ethiopian independence. When Italian fascists invaded Ethiopia in 1935–6 she began a weekly journal, New Times and Ethiopian News, which she edited for twenty years. This publicized the efforts made by Emperor Haile Selassie to persuade the League of Nations to prevent colonization and led to her being dubbed in Ethiopia the Sword of the Press' (June Hannam, ODNB). Albania, long dependent on Italy, was to gain her support after Mussolini's invasion of 1939 forced King Zog into exile. According to a Foreign Office report, the Friends of Albania, had 'no political colouration though probably dominated by Miss Pankhurst, an ardent Zogite' (see Patricia Romero, E. Sylvia Pankhurst: Portrait of a Radical, 1987, p. 212).
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