1938

Sep

30

1938

The Munich Agreement: ‘Peace for our Time’

Neville Chamberlain announces he has come to an agreement with Hitler at Munich.

“the settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name”

May

30

1938

Hitler prepares to move against Czechoslovakia

Adolf Hitler, 1938

It is my unalterable decision to smash Czechoslovakia by military action in the near future. It is the business of the political leadership to await or bring about the suitable moment from a political and military point of view.

Mar

15

1938

German troops arrive in Vienna

German troops enter Austria in 1938

As soon as the Nazi’s arrived in Vienna there was an outbreak of vicious anti-semitism. George Clare was seventeen years old in 1938. From an affluent Jewish family, he describes how he felt when he first saw the German troops … This was my first sight of the most powerful military machine of its time. […]