Frederic Lamond, who was undoubtedly the longest practicing Wiccan in the world, died on May 24, he was 89 years old. The author of the 2004 book Fifty Years of Wicca, Lamond was also Jewish according to Jewish religious law seeing as his mother was Jewish.
Born in Prague in 1931 his parents divorced when he was four years old and he was raised by his grandmother. He was able to survive the Holocaust when his maternal grandmother, who was Jewish, married pianist Frederic Lamond, who also adopted him. A famous anecdote claims that when he escaped Czechoslovakia from the Nazis the older Lamond was asked by a German officer if he himself is an Aryan or not. ‘I’m a monkey,” responded the gruff musician.
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