Nazis in Pre-War London, 1930-1939: The Fate & Role of German Party Members & British Sympathizers

Nazis in Pre-War London, 1930-1939: The Fate & Role of German Party Members & British Sympathizers

By: Patience P. Barnes (author), James J. Barnes (author)Hardback

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Once war broke out in September 1930 the Nazi Party newspaper, Voelkischer Beobachter, sent its first representative to London. Soon afterwards, German residents in London established an Ortsgruppe, or local Nazi group, which provided Party members with a place to congregate and support the new movement. By 1933, more than 100 members belonged to the London group. The Nazis in pre-war London created a dilemma for the Foreign Office and the Home Office, who were divided as to how best to treat residents whose allegiance was to the German Reich. Some felt that all Nazi organizations should be banned, and Party Members should not be allowed to enter the UK. Others, including MI5, argued that it would be easier to keep track of Nazis if they were in-country. Previously unpublished German documents reveal the fate of German diplomats, journalists, and professionals, many of whom were interned in Britain or deported to Nazi Germany once war broke out on 3 September 1939. Nazis in Pre-War London is the first book to study the history of the Nazis in Britain. An Appendix lists the details concerning the nearly 400 German Party members, as well as Nazi journalists, who spent time in Britain prior to the war.

About Author

James J. Barnes is Professor of History. Patience P. Barnes is a Research Associate, at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana.


A Nazi journalist comes to London; Founding the London Ortsgruppe, 1931-32; Otto Bene, Ortsgruppenleiter, 1932-35; Establishing a Nazi Brown House; The expulsion of Hans Wilhelm Thost; Appointment of a Nazi consul-general; The Nazi take-over of German news agencies; Party and SS members in the German embassy; Bonhoeffer and the Struggle for church autonomy; Nazi infiltration of business and labour; Mosley's British union of fascists; The Government's Dilemma: Whether to outlaw foreign organisations; German journalists: First targets for expulsion; Nazi intimidation leads to deportation; The question of espionage; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781845190538
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 283
  • ID: 9781845190538
  • weight: 564
  • ISBN10: 184519053X

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