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Robert Maxwell Photos

Humble beginnings

Robert Maxwell was born into a poor Yiddish-speaking Orthodox Jewish family in the small town of Slatinské Doly in Czechoslovakia (now Solotvyno, Ukraine).

Early life

Robert's parents were Mechel Hoch and Hannah Slomowitz. He had six siblings. Most of his family died in Auschwitz after the Nazis occupied the area in 1944.

Young lieutenant, 1945

Early in his life, Maxwell escaped from Nazi occupation, joined the Czechoslovak Army in exile in World War II and was decorated after active service in the British Army

Decorated Military Man

Maxwell the soldier being awarded the Military Cross by Field-Marshall Montgomery, for his matchless, glorious heroism on the battlefield.

Maxwell the Politician, 1964

Robert in his early days as a Member of Parliament for Buckingham. He was first elected 1964.

Maxwell, the family man, 1950

Robert Maxwell, with his wife Betty and their twin daughters in 1950. The couple had nine children in total.

Labour man

The Labour Party campaigner canvassing in Buckingham in 1974. He lost his seat and was ill with melancholia for some weeks afterwards

Maxwell the diplomat, 1965

Robert Maxwell chatting with Harold Wilson, then Prime Minister and the Mayor of Bletchley in 1965.

Proud father

The Maxwell family in 1981. Back row: (from left) Anne, R.M., Ghislaine, Isabel, Kevin. Front row: Christine, Ian, Betty (after gaining her D.Phil degree) and Phillip.

Russian connections

R.M. giving a book to Leonid Brezhnev in Moscow (1978). Unfortunately, the title of the book and the name of it's author were not disclosed. Perhaps a hungover reporter was covering the event.

Oxford home

Bob's birthday celebrations at Headington Hill Hall, Oxford. 10th June 1988.

Media man

In 1984, Maxwell acquired Mirror Group Newspapers and declared that his editors would be "free to produce the news without interference".


Bob recovering from the removal of his left lung, making lightweight of his illness by playing cards with other patients


Robert Maxwell with the Author, Eleanor Berry. Click to find out about more about their unique relationship.

Captain Bob

The author's favourite photograph of 'Cap'n Bob'. It is the first thing she sees by her bed when she wakes up in the morning.

Mysterious Tragedy

The Lady Ghislaine. The beautiful white vessel to which the Reaper came, to take its owner's soul

Mount of Olives burial site

R.M. is finally laid to rest. May his stormy soul find peace.

The Truth at Last

Eleanor Berry's new novel is due to be released in April 2019. Here we see the benevolent, unknown side of Robert Maxwell. He was a surrogate father to Eleanor and she believes he saved her life.

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