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Former PM's letter praises Hitler
Stanley Baldwin
Baldwin was the MP for Bewdley from 1908
A letter written by former prime minister Stanley Baldwin where he pays tribute to Hitler as "a remarkable man" is to go on sale at auction next month.

Baldwin wrote in glowing terms about the German leader to a friend in 1936, talking of his "great achievements", three years before World War II.

The letter, from the MP for Bewdley, Worcestershire, will be auctioned at Ludlow Racecourse, Shropshire.

Baldwin was prime minister three times between 1923 and 1937. He died in 1947.

'A remarkable man'

His letter, which carries an estimated value of 300 to 500, reads: "Like you, I acknowledge (Hitler's) great achievements since taking over that troubled country.

"The German people obviously love him, even if that love puts a burden on them both and is not extended to the Jews who are tormented.

"Yes, Herr Hitler is a remarkable man but I feel he must use these gifts wisely or I fear greatly for the consequence."

Adolf Hitler
Baldwin praised Hitler's "great achievements"

Richard Westwood-Brookes, documents expert for auctioneer Mullock Madeley, described the contents of the letter as "extraordinary".

He said: "I find it remarkable that Baldwin, although clearly cautious about the future, should be so positive in his feelings towards Hitler, even though he acknowledges even then that the Jews were suffering greatly at the hands of the Nazis.

"Baldwin himself retired from ill health and age in 1937, handing over the office of prime minister to Neville Chamberlain.

"One wonders whether he revised his views about Hitler when Chamberlain declared war two years later."

Profile: Stanley Baldwin
29 Jan 03 |  UK



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