(The Jewish Chronicle) A new British television drama based on the life of Jewish socialite Flora Solomon portrays her as some sort of “hero” for fingering her close friend — the notorious double agent, Kim Philby — 30 years after she found out he was a Soviet asset and member of the Cambridge Five — a KGB spy ring headed by Victor Rothschild:
It was a chance conversation which changed the course of history and led to the unveiling of one of Britain’s greatest traitors. Now the key role a Jewish woman had in exposing the infamous double-agent, Kim Philby, has been dramatised for television.
A new drama “A Spy Among Friends” is based on the non-fiction novel by Ben Macintyre and opens with the whirr of a tape as a detective says: “We are in the home of Mrs Flora Solomon on January 8 1963.”.
We then see actress Anastasia Hill, who plays Flora, tell the detective: “I very much regret it has taken all these years to realise who he is and the despicable things he has done.”
The drama, which starts on new streaming channel ITVX on Thursday, focuses on the friendship between Philby, played by Guy Pearce, and Damian Lewis as his friend Nicholas Elliott, a fellow secret agent who was fooled and fooled again by the man who was spying for Russia while in a top position in the SIS (Secret Intelligence Service, the forerunner to MI6). But actually, the friendship between Philby and Solomon would be an even more fascinating tale.
Born Flora Benenson in Russia in 1895, the daughter of an oil tycoon, Flora had an affair as a young woman with Russian prime minister Alexander Kerensky but she and her family were forced to flee the country when the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917.
She married a British Jew, Colonel Harold Solomon, entered upper-class left-wing society and became friends with Philby’s family. At a dinner with Simon Marks, one of the creators of Marks and Spencer, when she complained about the way workers were treated, he challenged her to create a welfare department which she did; devising health plans, pension schemes and training programmes for M&S employees.
She also helped find homes for Kindertransport children and during the Second World War helped set up the British Restaurants for people who had been bombed in the Blitz.
She was a socialist and Philby saw her as a kindred spirit. In 1937, over lunch, he told her he was “doing a very dangerous job for peace”, adding that he thought “It would be a great thing if she would join the cause”. She knew exactly what he meant but she declined, she later said, because, she was “too busy saving the persecuted Jews of Europe“.
It was only three decades later that she voiced her disquiet. By that stage Philby had already come under suspicion, firstly for being friends with two other Cambridge University spies, Guy Burgess and Guy Maclean, and secondly when a Russian spy defected and said the KGB still had an asset in the SIS.
He was largely protected by Elliott, who had secured him a job as the Observer’s Beirut correspondent. While he was there, he was working for the SIS and the KGB.
Everything changed when, in August 1962, at a reception in Israel, Flora spoke to an old friend, Victor Rothschild, a former MI5 officer and member of the House of Lords. She asked him: “How is it the Observer uses a man like Kim? Don’t they know he’s a communist? You must do something.”
As a result of that conversation, Mr Rothschild secretly arranged for Flora to be interviewed by MI5 agents. A few weeks later, Elliott went to Beirut to finally get his former friend to confess. The six-part drama focuses on what happened next.
“MI5 had been hunting him for years and Solomon’s hard evidence of guilt they had always lacked,” says writer Mr Macintyre, who adds that he regards her to be a heroine.
“By denouncing Philby when she did, she changed the course of British history. Had she not done so, this country’s most notorious traitor would probably have got away with it.”
After being unmasked as a Soviet agent in January 1963, Philly defected to Moscow, where he remained until his death in 1988.
If Flora Solomon were truly a hero, she would have reported Philby in the 1930s, but she waited until after he had betrayed all of Britain’s top secrets to the Soviets — and helped the Zionist terror gangs in Palestine — before she decided to safely “expose” him.
She didn’t expose him in the 1930s because she was a fellow traveler — a communist sympathizer who still supported the brutal Judeo-Soviet dictatorship in Russia — her early affair with the Jewish communist, Zionist, and high-ranking Freemason, Alexander Kerensky, no doubt had a profound impact on her political persuasions throughout the rest of her life.
What this puff piece fails to mention is that Flora’s father — Grigori Benenson — a wealthy banker and gold merchant — was related to the Rothschild Dynasty.
This would suggest that her “close friend” Victor Rothschild was to some degree her cousin — and the fact that Victor Rothschild was a double agent working for the KGB and leading the Cambridge Five spy ring suggests that Flora Solomon didn’t expose Kim Philby because to do so would have potentially blown the cover of her cousin and “old friend,” Victor Rothschild.
And Victor Rothschild was not someone to cross — according to Thomas Trevor-Stokes, an ex-British intelligence officer — when Kim Philby’s second wife, Aileen — who was introduced to Philby by Flora Solomon — threatened to expose Philby as a KGB agent, Victor Rothschild ordered her murder — staged as a suicide.
Kim Philby met his first wife — the Jewess, Litzi Friedman — in Vienna, and it was Friedman, a dyed-in-the-wool communist, who convinced Philby to become a fellow KGB asset.
And in a strange coincidence, one of the witnesses at the Philby-Friedman wedding in Vienna in 1934 was none other than Teddy Kollek — who went on to become head of Israeli intelligence — and had many connections to “British” intelligence circles.
After moving back to Britain with Philby, Friedman became quite a “big fish” in London’s Jewish underground — and had connections to Winston Churchill and his mentor and controller, Victor Rothschild — again according to T. Stokes.
Mentioned above, arch-Zionist, Simon Marks — of Marks & Spencer, and close friend of Chaim Weitzmann — employed several women, including Flora Solomon — not to merely improve employee conditions at his stores — but to entrap anyone into helping them with the anti-German, pro-Soviet war effort.
British intelligence enlisted Kim Philby knowing full-well that his Jewish wife was a KGB agent — and more likely because she was a KGB agent.
And there is no way that Flora Solomon — as part of the London Jewish underground — wasn’t aware of all of these lurid details surrounding Kim Philby — including the rampant homosexuality and occult practices of the Cambridge Five.
T. Stokes claimed, “According to Soviet master spy, Ruth Cohen, almost every single British spy for communism before, during and after WWII and the Cold War, was either Jewish or homosexual or both.”
Allegedly both Kim Philby and fellow Cambridge Five spy, Guy Burgess, tried to enlist Flora Solomon as a double-agent — but she allegedly declined, probably because Victor Rothschild had already enlisted her for other purposes.
It should be noted that all of these Jews in and around this spy ring were ardent Zionists — whose ultimate goal was not simply the defeat of Germany and support of the USSR — but more importantly the establishment of the Jewish ethno-state of Israel.
While stationed in Turkey in 1947 as head of British intelligence there, Philby clearly established connections to Israeli intelligence through Teddy Kollek — the witness at his first wedding — as Philby appears to have had prior knowledge of the Israeli bombing of the King David Hotel.
No doubt Philby’s help with the Zionist cause was approved by Moscow — and it helped undermine the British presence in Palestine — which involved the murder of numerous British soldiers and subjects at the hands of Jewish terror groups.
It is inconceivable that given all the help that Philby provided to both the Russian communists and the Jewish Zionists in Palestine that Flora Solomon would even consider blowing Philby’s cover as a double-agent — until doing so could no longer bring harm to her pet causes.
That Flora waited until Philby was literally half-way out the door on his way to defect to Moscow before she notified his handler Victor Rothschild of his “shocking” communist leanings is proof that this new television drama extolling Flora Solomon’s “heroism” is merely part of an ongoing white-washing of the entire Philby saga connecting him to the highest echelons of Jewish power.