69 years ago, diplomacy failed


There were other good things to note on Labor Day 2008, and schools were out anyway.

Remember that September 1, 1939, Adolf Hitler’s soldiers crossed into Poland, claiming that Poland had somehow threatened Germany’s security.

And so began World War II in Europe.  Read about it in the coverage from the New York Times, then.

Front page of the New York Times, Sept. 1, 1939

Front page of the New York Times, Sept. 1, 1939

Europeans have not forgotten.  So we might understand why Europe gets jumpy when a big nation’s army rolls across the borders of a smaller nation, claiming the smaller nation provoked them.

One Response to 69 years ago, diplomacy failed

  1. Remember that September 1, 1939, Adolf Hitler’s soldiers crossed into Poland, claiming that Poland had somehow threatened Germany’s security.

    It was all rubbish, of course. Poland in 1939 was still using men on horseback and biplanes. They were no threat to Germany at all. Hitler was determined to conquer Europe and Poland was an easy target to start with. He had already made a pact with Stalin, so he knew he could go into Poland with nothing to fear from Russia.

    So sad. It all could have been avoided if Hitler had been given a firm smackdown when he occupied the Rhineland in 1936. When nothing was done, it emboldened him to more acts of aggression which ultimately led to the invasion of Poland.

    -smith

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