The Daily Mail's Association With Hitler
Posted on April 25, 2006 by Anita Roddick
How tired I am of the pious pontificating of the Daily Mail towards the next move in my business life, and after their article on Saturday just look at what I've dug up about the Daily Mail and it’s historic link with Hitler’s Nazi party - what an anti-Semitic past it had.
Associated Newspapers, which owns the Daily Mail and four other newspapers including the Evening Standard is owned by a press baron Lord Rothermere, whose great-grandfather, Harold Sidney Harmsworth, (the first Lord Rothermere) was a great admirer of Hitler (read his letter to Hitler below) and, gasp!, Rothermere had several meetings with Hitler and argued that the Nazi leader desired peace. The Daily Mail led anti-Jewish campaigns in the 1940’s claiming that the German Jews had brought Hitler’s persecution on themselves. The paper also supported the British fascist Oswald Mosley. Rothermere wrote an article ‘Hurrah For The Blackshirts’ in January 1934 in which he praised Mosley for his ‘sound, commonsense, conservative doctrine”.
Adolf Hitler letter to Lord Rothermere (7th December, 1933)
I should like to express the appreciation of countless Germans, who regard me as their spokesman, for the wise and beneficial public support which you have given to a policy that we all hope will contribute to the enduring pacification of Europe. Just as we are fanatically determined to defend ourselves against attack, so do we reject the idea of taking the initiative in bringing about a war. I am convinced that no one who fought in the front trenches during the world war, no matter in what European country, desires another conflict.
Lord Rothermere, telegram to Adolf Hitler 1st October, 1938)
My dear Fuhrer everyone in England is profoundly moved by the bloodless solution to the Czechoslovakian problem. People not so much concerned with territorial readjustment as with dread of another war with its accompanying bloodbath. Frederick the Great was a great popular figure. I salute your Excellency’s star, which rises higher and higher.
Read on and see what others are saying...
“Associated Newspapers have always led the charge against the policies that confront racism and anti-semitism. It praised the Blackshirts in the 1930’s, and admits that as recently as the retirement party of the last editor of the Daily Mail, two of its staff dressed in Nazi uniforms and were not asked to leave.” The Guardian, 1st March 2006
“For politicians of Livingstone's generation and ideology, the Daily Mail is, as it were, a blue rag. They call it the "Forger's Gazette" because of the Labour-damaging fake "Zinoviev letter" in the 1920s. They refer constantly to the paper's soft line on Hitler in the 1930s and its infamous 1934 "Hurrah for the Blackshirts" headline.” The Guardian, 25th February 2006
“Newly released documents reveal how in the 1930s its (Daily Mail’s) treacherous proprietor heaped grovelling praise on Adolf Hilter and the Nazis, sparking calls from Jewish groups and MPs for the newspaper to say sorry. Daily Mail boss Lord Rothermere, grandfather of the current chairman, described his psychotic hero as “superhuman” and suggested Britain and Germany should unite to rule the world.” The Daily Express, 2nd April 2005
“The Daily Mail flirted with fascism in the 1930s.” The Guardian, 11th February 2005