Skip to comments.HITLER FOLLOWS HIS TROOPS INTO PRAGUE (3/16/39)
Posted on 03/16/2009 5:53:27 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
For a thousand years [Hitler said in his proclamation of the protectorate] the provinces of Bohemia and Moravia formed part of the Lebensraum of the German people . . . Czechoslovakia showed its inherent inability to survive and has therefore now fallen a victim to actual dissolution. The German Reich cannot tolerate continuous disturbances in these areas . . . Therefore the German Reich, in keeping with the law of self-preservation, is now resolved to intervene decisively to rebuild the foundations of a reasonable order in Central Europe. For in the thousand years of its history it has already proved that, thanks to the greatness and the qualities of the German people, it alone is called upon to undertake this task.
A long night of German savagery now settled over Prague and the Czech lands.
Ping. See reply #2 for an update.
One thing to note in today’s posting is the front-page coverage of the Czech and other “gold hoards”, which Hitler was judged fortunate to get his hands on.
Especially real money.
M. ARDIET, French Consul in Nuremberg, to M. GEORGES BONNET, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Nuremberg, March 16, 1939.
GAULEITER STRETCHER (An ardent pro-Hitler Nazi and professor who once drew a scale on a blackboard and said the heavy side was Hitler's brian and the light side was all the professors intellect)*, at a great demonstration organized yesterday evening in Nuremberg on the occasion of the German troops' entry into Bohemia and Moravia, made the following statement: "This is only a beginning: far greater events will follow; the democracies can rise up and protest as much as they like, they will surrender in the end."
Many squadrons flew over Nuremberg this morning on the way to Bohemia.
* Parenthesis mine.
Also this word comming from Poland already forshadows what is to come.
M. LEON NOEL, French Ambassador in Warsaw, to M. GEORGES BONNET, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Warsaw, March 16, 1939.
Is the action recently taken in Europe by Germany the prelude to further acts in the west or in the east? In Warsaw, the second hypothesis seems quite plausible.
Germany's dissatisfaction with Poland is dear, since the anti-German demonstrations made by the students.
Herr von Moltke does not conceal from his colleagues his ill-humour, which does not spare M. Beck, and he complains that the meeting of the German-Polish commission in Berlin has had no useful result.
The development of sentiments hostile to Germany among all classes of Polish people cannot escape any observer.
It is to be supposed that the reactions and the calculations of the Chancellor will be influenced by this situation.
I learn, too, that a Ukrainian deputy in the Polish Diet, returning from Berlin, has announced that he received there assurances of a new campaign by Germany in favour of the Ukraine.
It seems everyone gets it now. It only amazes me that the "Phoney War" ever happened based on what I read here. I guess hindsight is 20/20.
I must say, the NY Times editorial seems absolutely clear-eyed, at least as regards what Hitler was really up to. But it also seems that no one yet has a sense of the horrors to come, or the role America must play.
Note the comment above about the German secret police arriving with lists of people in hand. Is it not astonishing how little curiosity the NY Times shows about the fate of those hapless folk, or even just who they might be?
“Stalin says: “there is small fear that ocupation of Prague has and danger for Soviet Russia”
amazing how everyone sailed blindly into WWII
This is getting more fascinating by the day! Ta for the ping.
Now I'm hungry for a Southern Rum Tart (only 27 cents - while they last!).
How about a shot of Old Overholt to brace you up after this scary news? "Now priced within easy reach of almost everyone."
Consider the amount of attention paid to the fact that Hitler had added 61,000 square miles to German territory by that time. Just for comparison, that is approx. the size of Wisconsin.
Anyway, I saw the ad for Old Humbolt whiskey, the banjo-playing "court jester" creeped me out!
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