CHAMBERLAIN AND THE SEPTEMBER COUP
Kleist-Schmenzin's mission to Britain was a failure. He had gone to warn Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and the British Cabinet that any concessions made to Hitler in the Sudetenland would surely encourage further aggression. Post-World War II survivors of the anti-Hitler resistance place much of the blame for the mission's failure on Nevile Henderson, the British ambassador to Berlin. Many of those who conspired against Hitler believed Henderson was "captivated" by Hitler and National Socialism.
Before Kleist-Schmenzin left Germany, Henderson cabled the British Foreign Office that moderate elements of the German General Staff were sending a representative to London "to obtain material with which to convince the Chancellor of the strong probability of Great Britain intervening should Germany take violent action against Czechoslovakia." Henderson then advised his government that "it would be unwise for him to be received in official quarters." 1
Responding favorably to this urging, British Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax issued instructions that while Kleist-Schmenzin "should not be rebuffed," no government official should take
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Publication information: Book title: Target Hitler:The Plots to Kill Adolf Hitler. Contributors: James P. Duffy - Author, Vincent L. Ricci - Author. Publisher: Praeger Publishers. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1992. Page number: 57.
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