What the World Rejected: Hitler’s Peace Offers - Friedrich Stieve


What the World Rejected: Hitler’s Peace Offers 1933–1940. By Friedrich Stieve. Including: A Final Appeal for Peace and Sanity, July 1940, by Adolf Hitler; Hitler’s Political Testament, April 1945; Hermann Göring’s Last Letter to Winston Churchill, Nuremberg, October 1946, and  Neville Chamberlain in The Forrestal Diaries: “The World Jews Have Forced England into the War”

Written by Germany’s foremost diplomatic historian of the early twentieth century, this work maps out all the numerous times that Adolf Hitler made unconditional offers of peace to all the nations of Europe—and how the major anti-German belligerents, France and Britain, turned down these offers each and every time.

The author lists all of Hitler’s offers in detail, complete with quotes, starting with his first offer of May 17, 1933, his second offer of December 18, 1933, his third offer of May 21, 1935, his fourth offer of March 31, 1936, his fifth offer of September 30, 1938, his sixth offer of December 6, 1938, his seventh offer of late 1939 to Poland to settle the Danzig Corridor issue peacefully, and finally, his offer of world peace on October 6, 1939, just over a month after Britain and France had declared war on Germany for invading Poland on September 1 (but not on the Soviet Union, which also invaded Poland on September 17).

This edition benefits from four new sections which did not appear in the original publication. These are:

– The full text of Hitler’s “Appeal for Peace and Sanity” speech, made before the Reichstag on July 19, 1940, following the fall of France. In that speech, Hitler once again offered unconditional peace to Britain. This speech was printed in English and dropped by the tens of thousands from German aircraft over Britain. Although nearly half the British cabinet wanted to take up his offer, Churchill’s warmongering put an end to this final offer of peace;

– Hitler’s Political Testament, dictated just hours before his death on April 29, 1945, wherein he spelled out once again how he had tried to avoid the war, and blamed Jewish agitators for the refusal of other nations to accept his peace offers;

– Hermann Göring’s final letter—from this death cell in Nuremberg—to Winston Churchill, in which he blamed the latter’s warmongering on behalf of “Jewish Bolsheviks” for the conflict; and

– An extract from The Forrestal Diaries, in which the US Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal  quotes British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain as complaining that “the world Jews” have forced England into the war.

Fully reset and illustrated throughout with 22 rare photographs and reproductions of original documents.

About the author: Dr. Friedrich Stieve (1884—1966) was Germany’s foremost diplomatic historian of the first half of the twentieth century. He obtained his PhD in history at Heidelberg university, and during the First World War served as press attaché at the German Embassy Stockholm. From 1928 to 1932 he served as the German Ambassador in Riga, Latvia. And then from 1932 to 1939 served as the first head of the Cultural Policy Department of the Foreign Office. From 1933 to 1936 he was also Head of the Archives of the Political Archive of the Foreign Office.

93 pages. Paperback.


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