Munich Agreement Kennedy


Until 1938, a considerable group shared the idea that Hitler could be treated reasonably. But after Hitler broke the Munich agreement with the total invasion of Czechoslovakia, the amount of appeasement largely disappeared. But Kennedy maintained the hope that the United States could not settle things with territory, but with cash that Hitler desperately needed. So he worked to meet Hitler`s agents in the hope of reaching the man himself. The British people expected an imminent war and Chamberlain`s “state gesture” was initially applauded. He was greeted as a hero by the royal family and invited to the balcony of Buckingham Palace before submitting the agreement to the British Parliament. The general positive reaction quickly re-established despite the royal patronage. However, there was resistance from the beginning. Clement Attlee and labor rejected the deal in alliance with the two Conservative MPs Duff Cooper and Vyvyan Adams, who until then had been seen as a hard and reactionary element in the Conservative party.

… 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 meeting with the German Chancellor, Mr. Hitler, and this is the document that bears his name, as well as mine. Some of you may have already heard what it contains, but I`d 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. [96] Moreover, a peace pact was exactly what the French and British people wanted. Huge and exhilarating crowds, rejoicing that Britain did not have to go to war, greeted the 70-year-old Prime Minister and believed him when Chamberlain told them that the Munich agreement meant “peace in our time.” Daladier flew to Paris in the hope of being lynched and was frozen. Horrified, he characterized the masses of bubbles as an auxiliary as “the jerks”, the fools.

President Franklin Roosevelt sent congratulations; His telegram was so exuberant in his praise that Ambassador Joseph Kennedy decided to read it to the British and not return the text, believing that the president might regret his words later.

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