| 1938: The Munich Pact
, an agreement between Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy, was signed, under which the Sudetenland was surrendered to Nazi Germany.
Then came the famed Munich Pact
of September 1938, when Great Britain's Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain allowed Nazi Germany to annex parts of Czechoslovakia, believing that he had "secured peace for our time".
His successor, Edouard Daladier, along with Britain's Neville Chamberlain, signed the Munich pact
, which allowed Hitler to carve up Czechoslovakia.
It may well be that an academic work of this nature, which would not normally be expected to sell more than a few hundred copies, made for an unfavourable risk reward ratio prompting Penguin to do a Chamberlin like Munich Pact
with the Swastika forces.
After the Munich pact
, the Vatican announced, "In the past nations had been offered as matrimonial presents; today they are being traded away without their consent." Regarding the persecution of the Jews, Pius XI told Belgian pilgrims visiting the Vatican that Christians should not "take part in anti-Semitism
It is especially fascinating in view of the fact that the Munich Pact
of 1938 had dismembered Czechoslovakia, which rendered the Czechs powerless to stop the Poles, who, as one of the beneficiaries of the Munich Pact
, seized the Teschen province of Czechoslovakia in October 1938.
Top of the lots was the ceremonial brass desk belonging to Hitler, which the Nazi leader used at the signing of the Munich Pact
, which preceded the Second World War.
Although the Munich Pact
of 1938 permitted German occupation and annexation of the Sudetenland into the Nazi Reich, this act of cowardice by Great Britain and France ultimately paved the way for the outbreak of the Second World War one year later, with all the tragic consequences that conflagration entailed for the Jewish people, among others.
He was the only member of Parliament to resign in protest when Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Pact
in an effort to appease Adolf Hitler.
The day before, the Czech government had accepted the Munich pact
. General Sirow, the Czech premier, told his people on the radio that he had experienced the most tragic moment of his life: 'I am fulfilling the most painful duty which can ever have fallen upon me, a duty which is worse than dying ...
Capek (pronounced Chupek) was a Czech nationalist of growing international stature during the brief twenty-year span when his country existed as an independent nation free of Hapsburg control and before the Munich Pact
destroyed its autonomy by delivering it to the Nazis.