Chamberlain Quote Munich Agreement
The solution to the Czechoslovakian problem that has just been found is, in my opinion, only the prelude to a larger colony in which all Europe can find peace. This morning I had another conversation with the German Chancellor, Mr. Hitler, and this is the paper that bears his name, as well as mine [shows paper to the crowd]. Some of you may have already heard what it contains, but I would just like to read it to you: «… We consider the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German naval agreement as a symbol of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war again.   Czechoslovakia was informed by Great Britain and France that it could either oppose Nazi Germany or submit to the prescribed annexations. The Czechoslovakian government single-purposely acknowledged the desperation of the fight against the Nazis, reluctantly capitulated (30 September) and agreed to abide by the agreement. The colony gave Germany, from 10 October, the Sudetenland and de facto control of the rest of Czechoslovakia as long as Hitler promised not to go any further. On 30 September, after some time off, Chamberlain went to Hitler`s house and asked him to sign a peace treaty between the United Kingdom and Germany. After Hitler`s interpreter translated it for him, he was glad to have accepted it. We are invited to vote in favour of this proposal which has been put forward in the document and it is certainly a very undisputed proposal, as is the amendment that has been postponed by the opposition. For my part, I am not in a position to agree with the measures taken and, since the Chancellor of the Exchequer has put his side so forcefully, I will try to approach the matter from a different angle, if I may. I have always believed that peacekeeping depends on the accumulation of deterrents against the aggressor, with a sincere effort to remedy the situation. Mr.
Hitler`s victory was, like so many famous fights that determined the fate of the world, the closest. The Munich Agreement (Czech: Mnichovska dohoda); in Slovak: Mnechovska dohoda; in German: Munchner Abkommen) or Munchner Verrat (Czech: Mnichovska zrada; The Slovak: Mnechovska zrada) was an agreement reached on 30 September 1938 in Munich by Nazi Germany, the United Kingdom, the Third French Republic and the Kingdom of Italy. It granted Germany the «transfer of the German territory of the Sudetenland» from Czechoslovakia.  Most of Europe celebrated the agreement because it prevented the war threatened by Adolf Hitler by allowing the annexation of the Sudetenland by Nazi Germany, a region of Western Czechoslovakia inhabited by more than 3 million people, mainly German-speaking. Hitler declared that this was his last territorial claim in Europe, and the choice seemed to lie between war and appeasement. «Peace for our time» was a statement by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in his speech of 30 September 1938 on the Munich Agreement and the Anglo-German declaration that followed.  This sentence recalled Benjamin Disraeli who, on his return from the Berlin Congress in 1878, declared: «I came back from Germany with peace for our time.» It is best remembered for its ironic value: less than a year after the agreement, Hitler`s continued pressure on the return of the Polish corridor and his subsequent invasion of Poland by declarations of war by France and the United Kingdom against Germany followed.