1920-1939 | Appeasing Hitler | Censorship | Germany | Media propaganda

Editor of the Manchester Guardian reprimands reporter for anti-Nazi bias

[ 12 March 1935 ] On 12 March 1935, William Crozier, the editor of Britain’s most progressive mainstream newspaper, the Manchester Guardian, reprimanded Robert Dell, the paper’s Geneva correspondent, for allowing his heartfelt distaste for the Nazi regime in Germany to influence his reporting. ‘It simply won’t do, in my opinion,’ he warned the journalist, ‘to…

1920-1939 | Appeasing Hitler | Censorship

Theatre forced to change play to avoid insulting Hitler

5 December 1935 On 5 December 1935, the German Embassy complained to Sir George Crichton, the Lord Chamberlain, about a play at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End. Sir George immediately instructed Dodson Noon, the theatre’s manager, to remove some lines in the play which had been deemed to be insulting to Hitler. He had…

1920-1939 | Appeasing Hitler

FA chief apologises to the Nazis and toasts Hitler

4 December 1935 On Wednesday 4th December 1935, the visiting German national football team had been invited to an after the match dinner reception at the Hotel Victoria, situated just off Trafalgar Square. William Pickford, the vice president of the Football Association and the man who first introduced markings on football pitches in 1902, rapped…

1920-1939 | Appeasing Hitler | Censorship | Germany | Media propaganda

12 MARCH

HAWKINS STARTS SELLING SLAVES ON HISPANIOLA [ 12 March 1563 ] It’s not a date which receives attention in most history books, which routinely laud Queen Elizabeth’s celebrated sea dogs, particularly Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake who’s names grace public buildings, streets and squares in memory of their daring courage which defeated the…