Source 1c

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


We make a great mistake when our Press persists in abusing him.  Let it abuse his evil advisers but give him a chance of being a good boy.  If our object is to achieve results that is the only line to take.  If our only satisfaction is to slang him, then we must abandon hope of ever getting results.

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

  • Why were people in Germany anxious about the outcome of talks on the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia?
  • 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?