Sir Owen O'Malley
|Ambassador to Hungary|
|Preceded by||The Viscount Chilston|
|Succeeded by||Sir Alexander Knox Helm|
|Born||4 May 1887|
|Died||16 April 1974(aged 86)|
|Spouse(s)||Ann Bridge; 3 children|
Sir Owen St Clair O'Malley KCMG (4 May 1887 – 16 April 1974) was a British diplomat. He was Minister to Hungary between 1939 and 1941. He was British ambassador to the Polish government in exile in London during World War II. From July 1945 until May 1947, he was Ambassador to Portugal.
Background and education
O'Malley entered the Foreign Office in 1911. He was appointed ambassador to the Polish government-in-exile in February 1943. He is particularly noted for his incisive report sent on 24 May 1943 to the Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden, on the Katyn Massacre indicating the likelihood of Soviet guilt and the moral issues raised.
Besides his report on Katyn, O'Malley was also critical of Churchill's role in acceding to Stalin in Stalin's demands regarding the frontiers of Polish territory after the war. O'Malley raised questions about the British government's complicity in the annexation of another country's territory, about whether "the basis of international law is to be law or an exhibition of power politics."
O'Malley married Mary Ann Dolling Sanders (1889–1974), a novelist under the pseudonym of Ann Bridge, on 25 October 1913. The couple had two daughters and one son.
Sir Owen O'Malley died on 16 April 1974 at 27 Charlbury Road, Oxford.
This section lacks ISBNs for the books listed in it. (April 2015)
- Cloud, Stanley and Olson, Lynne, A Question of Honor, pg. 304, Vintage Books.
- Rees, Laurence, World War II: Behind Closed Doors — Stalin, The Nazis and the West, BBC Books, 2008, page 186.
- Mulloy, Shelia, O'Malley: People and Places, Ballinakella Press, 1986.
- West, Diana, American Betrayal, pp: 204-205, St. Martin's Press, 2013.
- "O'Malley, Sir Owen St. Clair". Who's Who 1956 (108th ed.). London, UK: Adam and Charles Black. 1956. p. 2245.
- Rees, Laurence, World War II: Behind Closed Doors — Stalin, the Nazis and the West, pp. 188–189, BBC Books, 2008. ISBN 978-0-563-49335-8.
- Cloud, Stanley and Olson, Lynne, A Question of Honor, p. 304, Vintage Books.