"Lord Halifax and the German Ambassador of that time, Herr Ribbentrop."
Schorfheide, Lord Edward Frederik Halifax, Hermann Göring
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Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, was Viceroy of India and later Foreign Secretary in Neville Chamberlain's cabinet. He is remembered as a key proponent of Nazi appeasement in the run up to the Second World War.  He went on to become Ambassador to the United States.

D J Dutton of the Oxford University Press suggests that the popular reluctance to oppose Germany's expansionist policies and go to war was due in part to a disinclination to plunge Britain into yet another long period of hardship, national debt and loss of life, following so closely on from the First World War and the Boer War. Another factor may have been Britain and America's unwillingness to jeopardise their profitable trade with Germany.

Joachim von Ribbentrop
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeJoachim von Ribbentrop - Credit: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

 Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893-1946), Hitler's Foreign Minister from 1938 to 1945 and previously Ambassador to Great Britain, was found guilty of crimes against humanity at the Nuremburg Trials and executed along with a number of other Nazi war criminals on 16 October 1946. Amongst other crimes, he was instrumental in planning the invasions of Czechoslovakia and Poland, and he negotiated with the Regent of Hungary for Hungarian Jews to be sent to concentration camps.