1920-1939 | Appeasing Hitler

20 MAY

THE R.A.F. BOMB THE MEDIEVAL AFGHAN CITY OF JALALABAD CAUSING HUGE FIRES

[ 20 May 1919 ]

On 20 May 1919, R.A.F. aircraft of Number 31 squadron dropped more than a hundred bombs on the Afghan city of Jalalabad, a reminder to its population that continued refusal to accept British hegemony would have a terrifying cost.

FOREIGN OFFICE INSISTS U.K. SHOULD NOT ASK THE LEAGUE TO ASSIST REFUGEES FROM NAZI GERMANY

Sir John Simon – c. 1931 (© NPG x81168) and a Nazi SA militia with ‘boycott Jews’ notice – April 1933 ( The US National Archives via Wikimedia)

[ 20 May 1933 ]

On 20 May 1933, the Foreign Office advised the Home Office that any request from the U.K. for the League of Nations to assist refugees from Nazi Germany, ‘would be regarded in that country, as an act of unwarranted interference, if not of hostility, and Sir John Simon ( the Foreign Secretary) could not advise that it should be made.’1

FOOTNOTE

  1. A. J. Sherman, Island RefugeBritain and Refugees from the Third Reich 1933-39, Paul Elek, London, 1973, p. 35.

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