Patrick Moore's lifetime grudge against the Germans

Dec 10, 2012

After the nurse he met in World War II was killed in a bomb raid, astronomer remained a bachelor for life

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ASTRONOMER Sir Patrick Moore never got over a nurse he met in wartime and her death left him with a deep loathing of Germany, according to one of the many tributes published following his death on Sunday at 89.

The legendary broadcaster fell in love with Lorna, a nurse, during World War II and they became engaged, says the Daily Mail. She was killed in a German air-raid in London three years later, leaving Moore heartbroken. He remained a bachelor all his life.

Last year, in an interview with the Mail, he revealed that an hour rarely went by without his thinking of Lorna.

"It's a long time back now. She was in London when one of Hitler's bombs fell. That was it for me. It went too deep. There couldn't be anybody else. She wasn't there and there was no one else for me, so you make the best of a bad job."

The death of Moore's father in 1947 from the gas he had inhaled in the Great War, fuelled his hatred. "If I saw the entire German nation sinking into the sea, I'd push it down. There may be good, courteous, friendly Germans, but I haven't met them. Now we're making friends with the Germans."

The stargazing eccentric admitted his attitude towards Germany was 'absurd', adding "I've had to visit Germany a few times during my career, and as soon as I get there I'm in enemy territory. It's absurd because I don't feel the same about Japan."

Even so, he brought up the subject up again this year, telling the Radio Times: "The only good Kraut is a dead Kraut."

Moore's death has sparked an outpouring of tributes. The Guardian said he was generally accepted to have inspired millions to take an interest in the night skies.

His TV show The Sky At Night ran for a record-breaking 55 years – the longest show with one presenter – and he only missed one episode. In his youth he had been due to study at Cambridge but instead joined the RAF's Bomber Command.

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Typical insular british attitude.
I hate to think what the boers thought about the english after 40,000 of their women and children were killed in concentration camps (first of its kind in the world) during the Boer war of 1899-1902.
Or the 100,000 mau mau kenyans that died after being tortured for revolting against english colonial rule in the 1950's during their drive for independence.
Or the indians after some 50 million starved to death in bangalore in the 1850's after the british plundered nearly all of the harvest for their use.
Or how about this fact- it was the uk that first dropped bombs on civilian targets during ww2 (Monschengladbach, 10 may 1940). Yet how many ppl know this? Or the fact that britain dropped 25 TIMES the tonnage of bombs on germany as germany dropped on the uk? Sobering stuff, eh?
If we go by patrick moore's measure of retaliation then i hate to think what punishment would be appropriate for all the crimes the uk has commited.

Ignorance is bliss as they say.

Looks like you're the one with the grudge Sanjay. To use what is effectively an obituary column to forward your own tired anti-imperialist agenda is unbecoming. I would say typical hard done by Indian attitude but I'm not such a generalising xenophobe. Live and let live, and let bygones be bygones. But never forget who were the real criminals of WW2, and those who, like Moore, were on the right side, fighting for your freedom. You shouldn't let yourself be consumed by 150 year old fires of hatred my friend. It is saddening.

If you live in England please leave

Moore's reasons aside, I think his account of his Lorna is one of the most beautiful and romantic stories I have ever heard!!

Any RAF navigator who took to the air knew he had a 75% chance of returning on each mission. To fly through the whole war knocked the stuffing out of most who did it. Sir Patrick had every right to hold his own opinion and live by what he thought. I think he would agree that that was at least part of his motivation for offering his services and risking his life in the plane in the first place. Read the King's Speech. British rule in India is a separate disgrace, Sanjay below.

Nonsense. PM was expressing his own personal feelings based on his personal experiences. He is fully allowed to do that, and he is no politician speaking on behalf of a nation. If you wish to play political games then that's your prerogative, but you are in the wrong place at the wrong time for your argument. Your arguments may otherwise be valid, but once again, not here in this personal article. So, with respect, please sod off.

Think how 9/11 traumatised America. The Blitz was 9/11 every night for months. The Germans invented area bombing and they were good at it. The allies turned their own tactics against them aand they went boohoo over Dresden. Don't start a fight if you can't stand a bloody nose.

Now, I quite liked Patrick Moore, I even met him one time. But it looks like HE was consumed by fires of hatred, no matter how understandable his reasons. As you say... let bygones be bygones! Cuts both ways, bro.

Come off it! What about Warsaw and Rotterdam?

The love of his life and his father both died directly because of German actions.
We all know what the 'right' thing to do is, but it's easier said that done when the hurt cuts so deep at such a young age.

When I first saw the headline I assumed this would be taking Moore's death as another opportunity to lambast him (I saw the Kraut quote at the time), but it's actually a really good piece, putting it into context.