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  • the year is 1936.


  • World War Two looms on the horizon.


  • Edward the eighth becomes King of England and 11 months later abdicates the throne.


  • The very next year, this member of the british royal family meets with the newly appointed german chancellor, Adolf Hitler, declassified evidence now suggests that Edward the Eighth might have been closer to members of the Nazi party than we ever realized under the best of circumstances, A duke spending time with Hitler and other Nazi officials is not something the british government would want the world to know about the fact that a former king and then Duke of Windsor was in communication with Nazis just before World War Two would have been devastating.


  • So british and other allied leaders did.


  • The only thing they could, they buried the truth until now, we know without a doubt that a meeting between Edward the eighth and Adolf Hitler occurred on october 22nd, 1937.


  • But what do they talk about?


  • And was this member of the royal family?


  • And Nazi sympathizer.


  • Edward was no longer king when he met with Hitler.


  • Instead, he was the Duke of Windsor.


  • He remained in the public spotlight as a member of the royal family along with his wife, the duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson, Although no longer king.


  • Edward still had connections and influence in certain aspects of british society as World War Two was all but inevitable.


  • The leadership of Britain was rightfully nervous that one of the members of the royal family was becoming a little too close to the dictator of Germany.


  • Edward and his american wife, whom he abdicated the throne to marry were welcomed with open arms by the fewer and his supporters.


  • There was most likely talk within the Nazi party about building a relationship with the duke.


  • This connection might have served them well down the road.


  • And as more and more evidence is coming to light, it seems that Hitler not only wanted to build a relationship with Edward the eighth, but might have had plans of reinstating him as a puppet king of England if Germany defeated Britain in the coming war.


  • Once Edward and Wallis arrived in Germany, the Nazis rolled out the red carpet.


  • They were treated to lavish parties and had dinners with the heads of the Nazi party, including Hermann Goering and joseph Goebbels, but the highlight of their visit was meeting the fuhrer himself.


  • Edward and his wife were driven to Adolf Hitler's country home in the Bavarian alps named birkoff once at the estate to the Duke and duchess of Windsor and Nazi leaders posed for pictures.


  • Then Hitler and Edward had a meeting in secret where they might have discussed the future and what it would hold for each of them.


  • There are varying accounts about this meeting.


  • Some say that Edward criticized Hitler's policies, while others say he supported them.


  • What was uncovered after the war suggests the latter might have been true once everyone had their afternoon tea, Edward and Wallis departed, birkoff and headed back to England.


  • Many accounts suggest they enjoyed themselves and even were in awe of the future and the Nazi party.


  • The couple had been in Germany for close to two weeks when they arrived at each new destination and they were greeted by cheering crowds, many people greeted Edward himself with a nazi salute.


  • The unsettling thing was that Edward would often return the salute.


  • Obviously this was not the type of behavior that the british government would want the Duke of Windsor to be engaging in.


  • But it didn't seem like Edward care.


  • Although the photos and visits with Nazi leaders do not definitively prove that there was a friendship between the Duke of Windsor and Hitler.


  • Certain documents recovered at the end of the war might suggest this was the case.


  • But let's start at the beginning with Edward the eight's childhood.


  • To understand how pro Nazi the Duke might have been, we need to go back in time and his youth, Edward the eighth was known to be fond of the german language and culture.


  • This in and of itself is not completely surprising since, until World War One, the royal family's full last name was Saxe Coburg Gotha.


  • This was changed to Windsor as the original name had clear german origins which during World War One, the royal family did not want to be associated with regardless of how the rest of the royal family felt.


  • Edward was fascinated by his german roots.


  • He was close with his german cousins and enjoyed experiencing their culture.


  • As you grew older, he became a little too bold with his support of what was happening in Germany.


  • Edward was documented saying some pretty unsettling things as the Nazi party came to power and this was long before his meeting with Hitler and Nazi officials in july 1933 3 years before he became the King of England, Edward paid a visit to Kaiser Wilhelm the second's grandson, Prince Louis Ferdinand during their time together, Edward was recorded as saying that it was no business of ours to interfere in Germany's internal affairs either regarding jews or anything else.


  • This alone is disturbing as it would appear that Edward was indifferent to the persecution of the jewish people that was already beginning.


  • However, what he later said was even more disconcerting.


  • During the same visit, Edward the eighth was documented as saying dictators are very popular these days.


  • We might want one in England before long.


  • You can understand why the leadership of Britain would be wary of this young royal family member, especially when war with Germany was looking more and more like a reality.


  • In 1936 when Edward the eighth became king after his father's death, the british government started to panic.


  • Prime Minister Stanley, baldwin ordered in my five to begin a surveillance campaign to keep tabs on the new king and his relationship with the Nazi party.


  • In Germany, Edwards phones were tapped and his Scotland yard security detail fed information back to MI five so that if Edward ever decided to throw his full support behind Germany, he could be stopped once war broke out.


  • Extra surveillance was placed on Edward the eighth.


  • The government felt he was a huge liability that needed to be dealt with.


  • It was actually Winston Churchill who took serious action to make sure that the Duke of Windsor did not become more of a problem than he already was.


  • While under surveillance.


  • Edwards telegrams and cables to Nazi party members were recorded And kept classified.


  • Churchill and other members of the British government did not want the world to learn about the Dukes connection with the Nazis for obvious reasons.


  • In fact, Prime Minister Churchill was so concerned about what Edward might do, that he asked him to become governor of the Bahamas.


  • This would mean that Edward would be forced to leave Europe.


  • It was 1940 and World War II had begun.


  • Edward did not want to leave europe.


  • So he reminded Churchill of the status of the army and how he should remain on the continent.


  • To help with the war effort.


  • Churchill was not amused and clearly did not trust the Duke.


  • So he sent him a telegram stating that even major generals could be court martialed.


  • Edward the eighth was eventually persuaded or forced to agree to Churchill's terms, it is unclear how, but the Nazis found out that Edward was being shipped across the atlantic, It seems as if they were reluctant to lose their connection to the british royalty.


  • When secret german documents were later found, they contained a plan called Operation Willy.

    當後來發現德國的祕密文件時,其中包含一個名為 "威利行動 "的計劃。

  • At the time.


  • Edward and his wife were in Nazi controlled paris.


  • They fled to Spain and then Portugal, which was still neutral.


  • However, this did not stop german Foreign Minister, joakim von Ribbentrop, from ordering local nazi dignitaries to seek out and meet with the duke and duchess of Windsor.


  • In the documents later recovered by allied forces.


  • The Nazis had noted that Edward voiced his displeasure with the royal family, the british government and Winston Churchill.


  • The Nazis may have thought this meant it was time to recruit the duke as an ally.


  • It seems Edward intended to go to the Bahamas even after meeting with Nazi officials.


  • So Ruben Tropp fed the Duke of Windsor false information that he was being targeted by british operatives that were planning to assassinate him, The Germans encouraged the royal couple to come back to Spain where the Nazis could protect them and if they helped with the war effort, Edward would be placed on the throne of Britain once again, he would only be a puppet king.


  • But it was one way the Nazis tried to entice the duke.


  • Although this is not the course history took, it's interesting to note that Edward did not inform british authorities of the conversations he had with Nazi officials.


  • Instead, they had to find out about them through classified documents uncovered after the war.


  • This was a little shady on Edward's part.


  • And even once Edward reached the Bahamas, he continued to publicly speak out about his lack of faith in Britain winning the war.


  • So whether Edward the eighth was best friends with Hitler or not, he definitely was close enough with members of the Nazi party to be in communication with them, even during World War Two.


  • But there is another part to the story.


  • It is the reason that this information was held from the public for so long.


  • It isn't a conspiracy theory per se, But the suppression of information around Edward, the eight's connections and communications with head Nazi leaders does beg the question who is responsible for hiding this information for so long.


  • And why?


  • Surprisingly, it was not just the british government who wanted to conceal the documents connecting Edward the eighth, the Nazis from the world.


  • Churchill was definitely the most vocal proponent of suppressing the info, but he was not the only one.


  • Churchill pleaded with the french and United States to keep the documents connecting the Duke to Hitler and the Nazis classified.


  • Eventually, everyone agreed to keep the secret.


  • But decades later, numerous documents were released on the matter.


  • The reasons we know about the connections between Edward the eighth and the Nazis is because of the german files found at the end of World War One cache of documents discovered at Marburg Castle consisted of around 400 tons of paper.


  • Around 60 of those documents contained what became known as the Windsor file, which included german communications with the Duke and duchess of Windsor.


  • Recent documents released in 2017 by the british government contain information on how Churchill tried to suppress the winter file.


  • He especially did not want the documents containing the communications between the Duke of Windsor and Nazi officials about Operation Willie to be released to the public.

    他尤其不希望載有溫莎公爵與納粹官員之間關於 "威利行動 "的通信的文件被公佈於眾。

  • The documents also contain information about how Churchill contacted President Dwight D.


  • Eisenhower to convince him to keep the Windsor file classified for 10 to 20 years.


  • We cannot know with absolute certainty if any of the documents in the Windsor file were fabricated to be used as propaganda or blackmail against the british royal family.


  • But many scholars believe that all the files are genuine and that Edward the Eighth was closer to Hitler and the Nazis than the world knew at the time.


  • It's also clear that allied leaders such as Churchill and Eisenhower hid the Windsor file from the world.


the year is 1936.



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