Winston Churchill and Adolph Hitler were both charismatic, demanding leaders who promised to restore order to their society after the disruption and devastation of the Great War. They were also mortal enemies with very different visions of what social order should look like.
“If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be freed.”
“The gift Mr. Churchill possesses is the gift to lie with a pious expression on his face.”
When Adolph Hitler came to power, Winston Churchill was in the political wilderness, but speaking out against appeasement. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last,” he warned.
With the signing of the Munich Agreement (the 1938 pact among the major powers of Europe—except the Soviet Union and...