“...English (and other) politicians and political writers consistently ignored the plain statements in 'Mein Kampf', or wishfully maintained either that Hitler did not mean what he said, or that he could not do what he meant. One notable exception was the distinguished English historian and publicist, the late Sir Robert Ensor. After 1933 Ensor consistently maintained that Hitler would make war, and in 1936 he declared roundly that he would annex Austria in the spring of 1938 and either cause a European war or a European surrender to avoid war over Czechoslovakia in the autumn of 1938. When his predictions were verified and he was asked to give his reasons, Ensor gave them: 'I had the advantage... of having read "Mein Kampf" in the German.' I particularly remember this incident, because it was thanks to it that I also mustered the energy to read through the turgid pages of that barbarous, but important work.”
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