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Nevile Henderson

Given NameNevile
CountryUnited Kingdom


ww2dbaseSir Nevile Henderson was Britain's ambassador to Germany between 1937 and 1939, which appoint was won by "duplicity" as commented by William Manchester; "any other foreign secretary, or prime minister, would have dismissed him long before he could inflict a mortal wound on European peace", said Manchester. Henderson's policies reflect his views that Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany must be appeased in order to avoid war in Europe, and many documents he had written back to London clearly showed his sympathy for the Nazi Party, particularly over the issue of Czechoslovakia, in which he went as far as calling the Czechs a "pigheaded race". British Minister of Parliament Duff Cooper described Henderson as "violently anti-Czech and pro-German" over that issue. William Manchester described him as a "diehard appeaser" and suggested that he was perhaps Nazi Germany's favorite foreign ambassador.

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Neville Henderson and Adolf Hitler, Berlin, Germany, circa 1937 to 1939British Ambassador in Berlin Sir Nevile Henderson, 5 May 1937Polish ambassador Josef Lipski speaking at a Nazi Party rally, N√ľrnberg, Germany, 10 Sep 1938; note Himmler, Ribbentrop, Henderson, and Goebbels also presentBritish Ambassador to Berlin Nevile Henderson speaking to German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop at the Grand Hotel at Berchtesgaden, Germany, 15 Sep 1938; note British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in background
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1. Philip Williams says:
21 Jan 2013 06:18:55 AM

Mr Henderson believed that significant Anglo-German engagement might avoid another world war, and he pursued that mightily. A more balanced view of his efforts can be found in Nevile Henderson's own book "Failure of a Mission" published in 1940 without the benefit of Mr Manchester's 20-20 hindsight.
2. Wayne C. Rhoads says:
3 Sep 2016 09:51:22 AM

Today is Sept 3, 2016, about 10:50 AM.

Earlier this morning, I finished reading the summary of Sir Nevile Henderson's book, "Failure of a Mission" as it was condensed in "The World's Greatest Books" published by WM. H. Wise & Co. in 1943.

The impression I have from Henderson's book is that he sincerely tried to help find a way to avoid a terrible war and it does not seem like appease- ment. Adolph Hitler was determined to have his war, despite all the efforts.

I have owned this book of summaries since my days in high school. Seems Ironic that I would be reading this on the same date and time that Ambassador Henderson would be receiving instructions from London to advise the German Minister for Foreign Affairs about a state of war ultimatum.

On the 7th of September, I will be 88 years young. And I well remember hearing the news on the radio that date when there was no response from the German Government and that a state of war existed.

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» No. 12: Message from Sir N. Henderson to Viscount Halifax
» No. 23: Message from Viscount Halifax to Sir N. Henderson
» No. 36 & 48: Messages from Henderson to Halifax on Danzig
» No. 56, 60, 68, 74, 78, & 89: Messages Between Chamberlain/UK Government and Hitler
» No. 57-59, 69, 75, 76, 79-83, 87, 88, 91, 92, 99, 102, 103, 109-111, 114, 118: Messages Between Henderson and Halifax on Potential War

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Neville Henderson and Adolf Hitler, Berlin, Germany, circa 1937 to 1939
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