Jona von Ustinov

Jona von Ustinov

German-british Journalist + Diplomat and Spy
Born Dec 2, 1892

Jona Baron von Ustinov was a German journalist and diplomat who worked for MI5 during the time of the Nazi regime. He was the son of Baron Plato von Ustinov and father of the actor Sir Peter Ustinov.

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1892 Birth Born in 1892.
1900 8 Years Old Ustinov went to school in Jaffa, where - until 1900 - his father hosted the school of the Protestant Immanuel congregation in his Hôtel du Parc, later in Düsseldorf, and Yverdon. … Read More


1917 25 Years Old His brother Peter von Ustinow joined the same unit and was killed in action on 13 July 1917. … Read More
1920 28 Years Old On 17 July 1920 he married the painter Nadezhda Leontievna Benois (aka Nadia Benois) (1896-1975), daughter of Leon Benois. … Read More


1935 43 Years Old Due to his political opinions Ustinov got into problems with the new Nazi government almost immediately. In 1935 the conflict culminated when Ustinov refused to prove that he was not of Jewish descent ("Ariernachweis"). … Read More
1939 47 Years Old He also tried to convince the British government of a more robust attitude towards Nazi Germany. Seven months before the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939, he was able to acquire the German plans. … Read More


1962 71 Years Old Ustinov died on 1 December 1962 in Eastleach, Gloucestershire from a massive heart attack. … Read More
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