Wednesday, March 02, 2005

U.K. publisher congratulated Hitler

The letter by the Viscount Rothermere was intercepted by British security agents in 1933


Blogger Jeanne Adams said...

Congratulation to discovering and distributing a bit of the British thruth regarding the 1933-1939 timeframe! While the British like to have to world think that they
were all against Hitler, a March 1940 article by George Orwell regarding the english edition of "Mein Kampf" in The English Review reveals something else:

"It is a sign of speed at which events are moving, that Hurst and Blackett's edition of Mein Kampf, published only a year ago [i.e. 1939!], is edited
from a pro-Hitler angle. The obvious intention of the translator's preface and notes is to tone down the book's ferocity and present Hitler in as kindly
a light as possible. For at that date Hitler was still respectable. ... Both left and right concurred in the very shallow notion that National Socialism was
merely a version of Conservatism. Then suddenly it turned out that Hitler was not respectable after all. As a result, Hurst and Blackett's edition was
re-issued in a new jacket explaining that all profits would be devoted to the Red Cross." Emphasis added.

In a 1944 article published in Partisan Review, Orwell reveals something else, concerning the abdication of King Edward:

"The miners and other unemployed probably felt that he [the King] had let them down for the sake of a woman. Some continental observers believed
that Edward had ben got rid of because of his association with leading Nazis."

Quoted from: Orwell and Politics, Penguin Books, 2001

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