Rudolf Hess and the Ill-Fated Peace Mission of 1941
Hess claimed he had flown to Britain entirely of his own initiative and was on a personal mission of peace. But so unlikely was the success of such an appeal in Churchill’s entrenched Britain that historians continue to wonder at his motives.
In this book, Peter Raina publishes, for the first time, complete texts of Hess’s ‘peace proposals’ and a treatise he wrote in captivity outlining how he saw Nazi Germany’s role in Europe. These texts throw considerable light on Hess’s mission and also on how the Nazi leadership saw their programme of expansion and their relations with Britain.
Disconcertingly single-minded and an unashamed disciple of Hitler, Hess was at heart an idealist. His friend and confidant Albrecht Haushofer was an idealist of a different kind, and joined the German Resistance Movement. The frame story of this book relates how the two men moved to their tragic ends.
Chapter 7: Kirkpatrick Meets Hess: Third Interview – Additional Conditions
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Kirkpatrick Meets Hess: Third Interview – Additional Conditions
The Prime Minister was still not satisfied with what he had learnt about Hess from Kirkpatrick’s reports. Churchill demanded more, and suggested that Kirkpatrick talk to Hess again, and extract more information from the Deputy Führer. (One wonders if this was perhaps due to a request from Roosevelt, the US President.)
Kirkpatrick returned to see Hess on 15 May.
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