copy of letter from W. Joyce 2 Nov. 1945

Contributed by helena

copy of letter from W. Joyce 2 Nov. 1945

This was found in my late mother's papers. She was, for a time, Mr Head's secretary so it must have come into her posession then. My mother never mentioned having this letter but I did hear my parents discuss Lord Haw Haw and knew he was a traitor - the lowest thing one could be. They had both served in the armed forces during the war.
I have read on Wikipedia that the appeal was denied on 1 November 1945 but as this letter was written on 2 November either Wikipedia is wrong or Mr Joyce was not informed.
I think this is interesting as it helps to flesh out a notorious character. Giving a glimpse of the man behind the 'monster'. The tone of the letter seems to me to be curiously cold but how does one behave when facing death?
I suspect every reader will draw his or her own conclusions as to the state of mind of the man but he does not, to me, seem at all repentant for his war time activities. If he acted out of conviction then it is possible that he did not feel remorse but something of a martyr.

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