London, Friday April 1, 2005
war, Rothermere said Hitler's work was
THE proprietor of the Daily
Mail sent a series of supportive and
congratulatory telegrams to Nazi Germany's leaders,
including Hitler, just months before the second
world war, papers released today reveal.
Intercepted messages from Lord Rothermere
to Berlin are among the first papers to be released
from Foreign Office intelligence files.
NOT much new here: his
messages to Hitler are in German foreign
ministry's political archives, and in the
Princess Stefanie von Hohenlohe
papers at the Hoover Library: but these
conformist journalists don't know
I quoted several
of the Rothermere letters and telegrams in
Hitler's War and The War
Path, and I have copies of all the
The files also show how, as early as 1906, MI6
drew up detailed plans to plant agents in Europe
"in the event of war with Germany". At the end of
1938 they were telling London that Hitler believed
Britain was "enemy No 1".
Yet in the summer of 1939, Rothermere was still
appealing to Hitler not to provoke a war, saying
that Britain and Nazi Germany must remain at peace.
"Our two great Nordic countries should pursue
resolutely a policy of appeasement for, whatever
anyone may say, our two great countries should be
the leaders of the world," he told Joachim von
Ribbentrop, Hitler's foreign minister, on July
Ten days earlier, Rothermere had written to
Hitler: "My Dear Führer, I have watched with
understanding and interest the progress of your
great and superhuman work in regenerating your
He assured Hitler that the British government
had "no policy which involves the encirclement of
Germany, and that no British government could exist
which embraced such a policy".
He added: "The British people, now like Germany
strongly rearmed, regard the German people with
admiration as valorous adversaries in the past, but
I am sure that there is no problem between our two
countries which cannot be settled by consultation
If Hitler worked to restore the "old
friendship", he would be regarded by the British as
a popular hero, in the same way they regarded
Frederick the Great of Prussia, said
Rothermere. "I have always felt that you are
essentially one who hates war and desires
Rothermere appealed to the Nazi leadership to
convene a conference to sort out what he called the
"misunderstanding" -- concerns about Germany's
intentions, particularly with regard to Poland and,
as he called it, "the Danzig problem".
On July 6 1939, he appealed to Rudolf
Hess, Hitler's deputy, to help settle "all
outstanding problems" by organising an
international conference. "Could I ask you to use
your influence in this direction. There is really
no cleavage between the interests of Germany and
Britain. This great world of ours is big enough for
Rothermere made clear he sympathised with
Germany's grievances over the peace settlement
after the first world war.
He referred Ribbentrop to the "grave iniquities"
of the Versailles treaty.
"I am optimistic enough", he wrote, "to believe
that even before the end of this year, glaring
grievances can be redressed." Two months later,
Germany invaded Poland.
At the time that Rothermere was sending his
telegrams to Berlin, MI6 tried to warn Germany off
Poland, the papers disclose.
It forged a British cabinet decision saying it
regarded "any attempt by the German government to
force the issue at Danzig, which might be resisted
by the Polish government, as a casus belli".
The papers released today disclose that in
December 1938, MI6 informers in Germany were
warning that Hitler's advisers were telling him to
attack Poland in the summer of 1939.© Guardian
Newspapers Limited 2005
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