Sunday, November 10, 2013
Spotlight: Munich Agreement
In the blog that follows, Opa mentions an international crisis in September. As you know, Kristallnacht happened in November, but before that, a very public agreement happened. The Munich Agreement was signed on September 29th, 1938. I’ll give you Sarah’s brief description and then include two links.
The Sudetenland crisis when Germany adopted parts (and eventually all) of Czechoslovakia. And everyone let them because there was an escalating militarization happening (remember this part- we’re going to talk about it again) and war weary Europe really didn’t want to start that again. SO they peacetreatied it up with a side of Sudetenland on the altar, a worthy sacrifice. And honestly, I don’t blame them, I really don’t with my limited knowledge of the situation I can see how the phrase “avoid a world war” was appealing. It is now seen as the bad chess move that ultimately gave Germany a clear and open path to empirebuilding. There is so much information on this episode, and it is really quite fascinating to think of all the whatif’s. (Czechoslovakia was quite ready to fight and with support may have led the charge on a short and victorious war against Germany, who perhaps wasn’t quite ready yet....)
I encourage you to check out the wikipedia page below and research it a little bit, now with the knowledge of a man who was directly affected by it. I love the contextualization of history. If only every history lesson could be rounded out by a collection of memoirs.
Here is the wikipedia page:
Here is a newsreel at the Holocaust Museum of the four politicians coming together to sign the legislation: