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Biography | 1950-1960

Becoming A Bahá’í

Brigitte spent much of her time during the war and after it in the United Kingdom with her friend Ira. Ira came in contact with the Bahá’ís and in 1950 was invited to a Bahá’í summer school in Cottingham.

Cottingham Summer School - 1950

Cottingham Summer School - 1950

In Brigitte's own words: "During their talk, I felt as if a beam of light had struck my heart and had torn away a veil. I only wished that they would stop talking. I thought: ‘I have to become a Bahá’í! I have to become a Bahá’í! I have searched for this all my life – I want to tell everyone!’".


Left to right: Adib Taherzadeh, Vira Rate, Brigitte Hasselblatt, Charles Dunning and Brian Townsend at Baha'i Summer School in Exeter - 1954

From 1953 to 1963 the Bahá’í community undertook an effort to spread the Bahá’í Faith around the world. Brigitte took the Bahá’í Faith to the Shetland Islands in 1953.  Like a small number of others who did the same in other places she was given the esteemed title, "Knight of Bahá’u’lláh".

Brigitte in the Shetland Islands - 1955

Brigitte in the Shetland Islands - 1955

Bahá’ís from the United Kingdom would visit Brigitte. This picture taken in 1956 shows some of the visiting Bahá’ís. Lillian McKay, the first person to become a Bahá’í on the Shetland Islands, is 2nd from the left, and Brigitte is 3rd.

Lerwick Bahá’ís - 1956

Lerwick Bahá’ís - 1956


Baha'i Summer School in Shetland - 1957

Brigitte stayed in the Shetland Islands until 1959. This picture shows her with Charles Dunning, a dear companion, and the Knight of Bahá’u’lláh for the nearby Orkney Islands.

Charles Dunning & Brigitte - 1954

Charles Dunning & Brigitte - 1954

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