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Public and Political: General: Germany and the European Situation: Memoranda., 19 Aug 1937 - 23 Nov 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/340A-B

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Notes and memoranda on Germany, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic and Slovakia] and Europe, including: memoranda by Sir Henry Strakosch on the German economic threat to Eastern and South Eastern Europe; memorandum by [Henry] Wickham Steed on the expansion of German influence in Central and South Eastern Europe and the effects of British and French foreign policy; copy of a report by Guy, Comte de Baillet-Latour, head of the Banque Lambert, on Czechoslovakia; note of a meeting between WSC, Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso] and Conrad Henlein [Sudeten Nationalist Leader] on Sudeten demands and the possibilities for a settlement between the Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia; report on a visit to Berlin by an unknown correspondent, with notes on conversations with Sir Nevile Henderson [British Ambassador to Germany], Andre Francois-Poncet [French Ambassador to Germany] and Ivone Kirkpatrick, 1st Secretary at the British Embassy, Berlin, on subjects including Hitler's extremist advisers, German policy towards Czechoslovakia, Austria and Britain, and the possibilities of a European front against Germany; memorandum on WSC's interview with Albert Foerster [Gauleiter of Danzig [Gdansk, Poland]] on subjects including "the Jewish problem" in Danzig, the German attitude to war, to Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and Britain; note of a meeting between WSC and Major Ewald von Kleist-Schmenzin on subjects including an imminent German attack on Czechoslovakia and encouragement for the German anti-war party; memorandum by Ian Colvin on Hitler's future foreign policy; note on a meeting of the Czech Cabinet on talks with the Sudeten Party; notes for [?] WSC's speech at Manchester (9 May 1938) on British and French policy on Czechoslovakia; memorandum by [?] William Deakin on German ambitions in Europe; notes on and translated extracts from "Mein Kampf".Other subjects include: results of the Anschluss between Germany and Austria; countering Nazi propaganda; political and economic appeasement for countries in the Danube basin; strategy for a German military attack on Czechoslovakia; German intentions in Spain and possible counter-measures by Britain and France.Also includes correspondence from: Sir Henry Strakosch (2); [Henry] Wickham Steed; Harold Caccia [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary]; Ian Colvin; copies of correspondence by WSC.Some material returned by Martin Gilbert, and added to file, May 1998.


  • Creation: 19 Aug 1937 - 23 Nov 1938

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