Source 1a

Extract from a letter from Nevile Henderson, British Ambassador in Germany, September 6th, 1938 (FO 371/21737)

Transcript

It is no exaggeration to say that the world is awaiting with anxiety the message which Hitler has to deliver at Nuremberg.  He cannot get out of delivering it: that must be realised.  The anxiety is no less great in Germany than elsewhere.  And dictators can & must speak more clearly than the leaders of a democracy,  that is why I have been pressing these last weeks for a clarification before Nuremberg of the situation at Prague.  Benes will never go far enough till he is made to do so: & the whole of the Carlsbad points is better than any terms he is likely to get later, war or no war.

[Edvard Benes was the President of Czechoslavakia]

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1. These sources are extracts from a letter written by Nevile Henderson, British Ambassador in Germany, 6th September 1938.

Do you think the German people were nervous about the outcome of the Sudetenland talks?

  • What makes you think that?
  • What do you think that Nevile Henderson means when he says that ‘Benes will never go far enough till he is made to do so’?
  • What did Nevile Henderson want the British press to do about Hitler?
  • What do you think Henderson’s opinion was of Hitler?
  • How might Henderson’s view affect what Chamberlain did when he met Hitler?