Illuminati: the surreal party of Baroness Rothschild
Who really are the “Illuminati” of which so much has been discussed for centuries? “A loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires” how once said Paul Simon, or people who rule the world “far different” from what is imagined by those who “are not behind the scenes” as claimed Benjamin Disraeli? For those who believe the conspiracy theory, however you want to define them, they are a small group of people able to influence the world’s governments, a cartel of international bankers and industrialists based in Western Europe and North America.
Some families seem to have linked their history to that of the Illuminati like Rothschild, Rockefeller, Morgan, Lazard, Warburg, Schroder and Schiff. According to the conspiracy theory the pivotal family is probably the family of Rothschild, the descendants of Mayer Rothschild (1743 - 1812) of Frankfurt, who certainly never did anything to conceal his view of the world: “Give me control over a nation's currency, and I care not who makes the laws” he once stated.
No less remarkable one of the most famous ladies of Paris high society of the twentieth century: Baroness Marie-Hélène Naila Stephanie Josina de Rothschild (17-11-1927 / 1-3-1996), whose paternal grandmother was Baroness Hélène de Rothschild (1863–1947), the first woman to take part in an international motor race and the daughter of Baron Salomon James de Rothschild.
Surely the Baroness Marie-Hélène was the undisputed star of Parisian society: her masked ball, in December 12, 1972, is still remembered today thanks to the large collection of photographs made at the time. The invitation was clear, “Black tie, long dresses & Surrealists heads”, and was written backwards so to read the invite you had to hold it up to a mirror.
In a world where there was no problem of money and the only limit was the imagination, servants and footmen were dressed as cats, the actress Jacqueline Delubac was dressed as Magritte’s painting, Audrey Hepburn showed up with a cage for birds on her head, even Salvador Dali was at the party and Baroness Rothschild herself stood wearing a headdress shaped like a deer, with teardrop-shaped diamonds. The Illuminati at their best, or just an exclusive circle of men and women “of the world” who were about to see their little old world swept away by modernity and its “Cafonal”? To you the answer.