"Step by step I have arrived at the conviction that the aims of Communism in Europe are sinister and fatal. At the Nuremberg Trials, I, together with my Russian colleague, condemned Nazi aggression and terror.
I believe now that Hitler and the German people did not want war. But we declared war on Germany, intent on destroying it, in accordance with our principle of balance of power, and we were encouraged by the 'Americans' around Roosevelt. We ignore Hitler's pleadings not to enter into war. Now we are forced to realise that Hitler was right. He offered us the co-operation of Germany; instead, since 1945, we have been facing the immense power of the Soviet Union. I feel ashamed and humiliated to see that the aims we accused Hitler of, are being relentlessly pursued now, only under a different label."
- British Attorney General, Sir Hartley Shawcross,
Stourbridge, March 16th, 1984
Lord Hartley Shawcross
"I believe now that Hitler and the German people did not want war"
Lord Rothermere was the first known
person to refer to Adolf Hitler as
"ADOLF THE GREAT"
"He has a supreme intellect. I have known only two other men to whom I could apply such distinction - Lord Northcliffe and Lloyd George. If one puts a question to Hitler, he gives an immediate, brilliant clear answer. There is no human being living whose promise on important matters I would trust more readily. He believes that Germany has a Divine calling and that the German people are destined to save Europe from the revolutionary attacks of Communism. He values family life very highly, whereas Communism is its worst enemy. He has thoroughly cleansed the moral, ethical life of Germany"
- Viscount Rothermere
"... Hitler is one of the greatest men.
The old trust him, the young idolise him.
It is the worship of a national hero who has served his country."
- David Lloyd George, Prime Minister and Statesman, Great Britain.
"In fifteen years that have followed this resolve, he has succeeded in restoring Germany to the most powerful position in Europe, and not only has he restored the position of his country, but he has even, to a very great extent, reversed the results of the Great War ... whatever else may be thought about these exploits they are certainly among the most remarkable in the whole history of the world."
- Winston Churchill,
British Prime Minister, also a Jew.
"Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived... he had a mystery about him in the way that he lived and in the manner of his death that will live and grow after him. He had in him the stuff of which legends are made."
- John F. Kennedy,
"I believe in the Holy German people inside and outside the German frontiers. I believe in Adolf Hitler, who by the grace of God, was sent to give the German people faith in themselves once more."
- Rudolf Hess
Deputy leader of the NSDAP
"I think that it must be admitted that National Socialism has done a great deal for Germany. It has undoubtedly cleaned up Germany in the ordinary moral sense of the word. The defeatism, the corruption so manifest a characteristic in the days after the war has disappeared, at any rate from public view. It has given discipline and order and a sense of purpose to the great majority of young people who in earlier days did not know where to go or what they were living for."
His Lordship, the Marquess of Lothian, British Ambassador to Washington, June, 29th, 1937
"The spectacle of Germany today is a tremendous experience. Fifteen years after the war in which the allied powers thought they had destroyed her, Germany is on her feet again. As compared with 1922 and 1931, when I last saw Germany, the change is miraculous. The people are confident, enthusiastic and courageous. They have recovered their morale. In 1931 the Gennan people were going to pieces. But now they are themselves again, no doubt about that! The masses of the people are increasingly with Hitler. I have been fooling myself all along that this was not so, but now I know it is so."
John H. Holmes, Pastor. Community Church. N. Y Times, July, 12th, 1935
"I am not worthy to speak aloud of Adolf Hitler, and his
life and work do not invite sentimental words.
"He was a warrior for mankind and a herald of the gospel
of justice for all nations. He was a reformative figure of the
highest rank, and it was his historic fate that he had to work
in a time of unprecedented baseness, which in the end brought him down.
"Thus, I suppose, must the ordinary West European look
upon Adolf Hitler. And we, his close followers, now bow
our heads before his mortal shroud." — Norwegian writer and Nobel Prize-winner, Knut Hamsun,
upon the death of Adolf Hitler, Aftenposten, 1 May 1945