Neville Chamberlain, On Appeasement (1938)

In September 1938, one year before the beginning of World War II, the British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, flew to Germany to negociate a peaceful solution to what was then being referred to as the “Sudenland Crisis.” Aiming to unite “Greater Germany” under the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler had amassed Nazi Germany’s armed forces along the borderlands between Germany and the German-speaking regions of Czechoslovakia, known as the Sudenland territories. Having returned from these negotiations fully convinced that he had appeased the Fuhrer and, thereby, avoided yet another European war, Chamberlain happily announced that he had helped establish a “settlement in which all Europe may find peace.”

The following is a British Pathé newsreel from 1938 which shows Chamberlain’s post-Munich Conference speech.


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