Did Hitler And Churchill Ever Meet?

I was surprised to learn from his book The Coming Storm that Winston Churchill had never met Hitler face-to-face. However, they came close early on when Hitler was rising to power. Churchill was touring Germany in the summer of 1932 and throughout his visit he “sensed a Hitler atmosphere. As we wended our way through these beautiful regions from one ancient, famous city to another, I naturally asked questions about the Hitler movement, and found it the prime topic in every German mind.”

A man named Herr Hanfstaengl was a mutual friend of the two men and was eager to arrange a meeting. “However, in the course of conversation with Hanfstaengl, I happened to say ‘Why is your chief so violent about the Jews. I can quite understand being angry with Jews who have done wrong or are against the country, and I understand resisting them if they try to monopolize power in any walk of life; but what is the sense of being against a man simply because of his birth? How can any man help how he is born?'”

“He must have repeated this to Hitler, because about noon the next day he came round with a rather serious air and said the appointment he had made with me to meet Hitler could not take place.”

“Later on, when he was all-powerful, I was to receive several invitations from him. But by that time a lot had happened, and I excused myself.”

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