How did Britain respond?

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A British government delegation headed by Anthony Eden (fourth from left) and Sir John Simon, meets with Adolf Hitler, Berlin, Germany,1935.
© 2012 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

From the Nazi rise to power through to the outbreak of war, Great Britain had access to a wide range of sources of information and evidence about the Nazi's actions and policies. Whilst there may have been responses from individual politicians in Britain, there was very little protest from the British government.

This political and diplomatic weakness encouraged Hitler to continue his brutal policies against the Jews and his political enemies. Hitler was also initially able to develop his policy of expansion across Europe, with little official reaction from Great Britain.

Furthermore, an extreme, but significant, minority within Great Britain actually supported the Nazis. With the outbreak of war their actions were banned and their organisation outlawed.

However, not everyone in Great Britain stood by and watched. Some Jewish and non-Jewish individuals and groups took part in campaigns against the Nazi policies, whilst others sought to provide a refuge for victims of Nazi oppression. Many thousands of lives were saved as a result of their actions.