4 JULY

BRITISH SLAUGHTER ZULU WOUNDED AND BURN DOWN THE CITY OF ULUNDI

[ 4 July 1879 ]

Today in 1879, British infantry used their overwhelming fire power to decisively defeat the Zulu nation at the battle of Ulundi. 

BRITISH OFFICIALS SHOULD NOT CRITICIZE THE NAZI PERSECUTION OF THE JEWS 

Henderson (centre) with General F. Fromm (left) and Reichssportführer Tschammer und Osten (right) in 1938 – Bundesarchiv -Wikimedia.

[ 4 July 1938 ]

On 4 July 1938, Sir Nevile Henderson, Britain’s ambassador in Berlin, wrote to Lord Halifax, the Foreign Secretary, about the upcoming Evian conference on Europe’s ‘refugee problem’.   He warned against any vocal criticism of Nazi Germany’s murderous assault on its Jewish population, which included the detention of thousands in concentration camps. ‘I would,’ he explained ‘deprecate too dogmatic an attitude by British delegates as regards Germany policy towards Jews. However uncivilised and deplorable, it is, in the Chancellor’s (Hitler’s) eyes, Germany’s own business.’ He also voiced his strongly held opinion, seemingly shared by Halifax, that only Jewish refugees with significant amounts of property be allowed to enter Britain.1

FOOTNOTES

  1. A. J. Sherman,, Island Refuge: Britain and Refugees from the Third Reich 1933-39, Paul Elek, London, 1973, p. 113.

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