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Dorothy Rose Innes

Dorothy Rose Innes (1884 - 1942) was the only child of Schreiner's friend Jessie (formerly Dods Pringle) Rose Innes and her husband James. While on an educational trip to Europe with her mother, Dorothy met and then married German Count Helmuth Adolf Von Moltke, in 1905. The Von Moltke family was part of elite military and political circles - Helmuth's uncle was military advisor to the Kaiser. Dorothy and Helmuth's son, Count Helmuth James Von Moltke, later became a key figure in the anti-Nazi 'Kreisau Circle' and was executed by the Nazis in Berlin in 1945 for his role in pacifist activities.

Olive Schreiner stayed with Dorothy Von Moltke when she visited Germany in 1914 on the eve of the outbreak of World War I; her only extant letter to her was written shortly afterwards, in which she thanks Dorothy for the 'beautiful' visit. In this letter, Schreiner's 'send me a postcard to Dr Jacobs' suggestion set up a wartime pattern of Schreiner and Von Moltke sending news and maintaining contact with each other via Schreiner's Dutch feminist friend Aletta Jacobs, because of concerns about censors on both sides. This later included Von Moltke's mother, father and paternal aunt also communicating with and about her via Aletta Jacobs.

For further information see:
Phyllis Lewsen (2004) 'Innes, Sir James Rose- (1855-1942)' Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/35830
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