DavidFrankenberg wrote: ↑10 May 2022 15:06Indeed, if i read Ciano, or Maiski i see only negative comments about Beck : cold, arrogant, hostile to democracies, somehow stupid etc.
Looks like everyone blames him.
Ivan Maisky didn't write anything about Beck in his diary (except mentioning his name.)
The Mussolini successor and war criminal Galeazzo Ciano wrote this about Beck:
I welcomed Beck at the station. The Chief has a strong dislike for him, without knowing him, with that odd capacity that men have for hating or loving someone without ever having seen them. I must admit that this time as well his instinct is correct: at first sight Beck is not a congenial person and he creates a chilly atmosphere around him.
But I don't want to judge him before having listened to him and gotten to know him better.
The few words that he did say up to now did not seem to me to be very pro-German.
CIANO DIARIES 1939-1943