The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer

28 May

“…..The speech (Hitler’s peace speech May 21st 1935) turns out to be reasonable, straightforward and comprehensive. No one who reads it with an impartial mind can doubt that the points of policy laid down by Herr Hitler may fairly constitute a basis of a complete settlement with Germany – a free, equal and strong Germany instead of the prostrate Germany whom peace was imposed sixteen years ago…

It is to be hoped that the speech will be taken everywhere as a sincere and well-considered utterance precisely what it says.”

This great journal (The Times), one of the chief glories of English journalism, would play, like the Chamberlain government, a dubious role in the disastrous appeasement of Hitler. 

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