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March 4, 2014

Putin is “taking a page out of the Hitler playbook” according to Bill O’Reilly

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:55 am

You can read what Bill O’Reilly said on his Fox news show last night at http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/2014/03/04/bill-oreilly-how-handle-putin

This quote is from O’Reilly’s “Talking Points” at the beginning of his show, The O’Reilly Factor, last night:

Taking a page out of the Hitler playbook, Russian President Putin has invaded Ukraine saying that Russian nationals are in danger in that country. You may remember back in 1938 the Nazi leader did the exact same thing in Czechoslovakia sending in forces to, quote, “protect Germans” who[m] the Fuhrer said were at risk it was a reuse (sic).

Did Hitler send forces into Czechoslovakia in 1938?

O’Reilly has said on his show that he is currently writing a book about World War II, so he should know.

I have forgotten much of the history of World War II, so I had to look it up myself.  I did a google search and found the following quote on a website at http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nazis-take-czechoslovakia

On this day [March 15, 1939], Hitler’s forces invade and occupy Czechoslovakia–a nation sacrificed on the altar of the Munich Pact, which was a vain attempt to prevent Germany’s imperial aims.

On September 30, 1938, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, French Premier Edouard Daladier, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Pact, which sealed the fate of Czechoslovakia, virtually handing it over to Germany in the name of peace. Although the agreement was to give into Hitler’s hands only the Sudentenland, that part of Czechoslovakia where 3 million ethnic Germans lived, it also handed over to the Nazi war machine 66 percent of Czechoslovakia’s coal, 70 percent of its iron and steel, and 70 percent of its electrical power. Without those resources, the Czech nation was left vulnerable to complete German domination.

No matter what concessions the Czech government attempted to make to appease Hitler, whether dissolving the Communist Party or suspending all Jewish teachers in ethnic-German majority schools, rumors continued to circulate about “the incorporation of Czechoslovakia into the Reich.” In fact, as early as October 1938, Hitler made it clear that he intended to force the central Czechoslovakian government to give Slovakia its independence, which would make the “rump” Czech state “even more completely at our mercy,” remarked Hermann Goering. Slovakia indeed declared its “independence” (in fact, complete dependence on Germany) on March 14, 1939, with the threat of invasion squelching all debate within the Czech province.

Then, on March 15, 1939, during a meeting with Czech President Emil Hacha–a man considered weak, and possibly even senile–Hitler threatened a bombing raid against Prague, the Czech capital, unless he obtained from Hacha free passage for German troops into Czech borders. He got it. That same day, German troops poured into Bohemia and Moravia. The two provinces offered no resistance, and they were quickly made a protectorate of Germany. By evening, Hitler made a triumphant entry into Prague.

The Munich Pact, which according to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had purchased “peace in our time,” was actually a mere negotiating ploy by the Hitler, only temporarily delaying the Fuhrer’s blood and land lust.

Several years ago, I visited the Czech Republic and before I went, I did a lot of research on the subject.

Bastion on southeast side of the old fortress, Sudeten mountains in background

Bastion on southeast side of the old Theresienstadt fortress with the Sudeten mountains in background

I am quoting below what I wrote on my website scrapbookpages.com after my visit to the Czech Republic.

The Czechoslovak Republic was founded on October 28, 1918, before the end of World War I, by Tomas G. Masaryk, who strongly supported Zionism and opposed anti-Semitism. Masaryk had an American wife and during the war, he had frequent talks with President Woodrow Wilson to gain support for Czech independence. As a strong supporter of the Jews, Masaryk had made a name for himself when he publicly sided with the Jews in the blood libel case in the town of Polna in 1899. (There is an exhibit about this case in the Maisel Synagogue in Prague.)

Thomas G. Masaryk became the first president of the new country of Czechoslovakia which was set up in accordance with Wilson’s Fourteen Points, on which the Armistice was signed to end World War I on November 11, 1918.

After he had united Germany and Austria in March 1938 [Der Anschluss], Hitler began complaining that the Czechs were mistreating and discriminating against the 3.5 million ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia, who had been citizens of Austria-Hungary before World War I. Political parties, which were pro-Nazi, had been banned in Czechoslovakia and ethnic Germans who supported Hitler were being jailed. The Czechs hated the ethnic Germans because they had been under the rule of the Germans in the Austrian Hapsburg Empire for over 600 years before they gained their independence. On the other hand, the Slovaks tended to be anti-Semitic and they supported the Nazis. The very first Jews to be sent to Auschwitz and Majdanek were Slovaks who had already been put into labor camps in their own country.

Great Britain, France and Italy assumed responsibility for the conflict in Czechoslovakia since they had signed the Treaty of Versailles which ended the war and stripped the Germans and Austrians of a big chunk of their former territories. Czechoslovakia had become a country as a result of that treaty. America also fought on the side of the Allies in World War I, but did not ratify the Treaty of Versailles because it included the League of Nations, which the American Congress voted not to join.

Austria-Hungary and Germany both signed an Armistice based on the Fourteen Points proposed by Woodrow Wilson, the American President during the war years. One of the key points was self-determination which meant that all ethnic groups had the right to determine the country in which they would live. This point of Wilson’s Fourteen Points was violated by the Treaty of Versailles when half a million Poles and a million Hungarians, along with three and a half million ethnic Germans became citizens of the new country of Czechoslovakia, which was dominated by the Czechs.

In answer to Hitler’s complaints, the British formed a commission to study the problem. This resulted in the Munich agreement, signed on Sept. 30, 1938 between Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain, in which the borderland known as the Sudetenland, with its predominantly German population, was given to Germany. There were also 45,000 Jews living in the Sudetenland who were handed over to Hitler as a result of the Munich appeasement.

The Sudetenland had formerly been part of the Austrian Empire but by 1938, Austria was part of the new Greater German Reich created by Hitler in the Anschluss with Austria. The unification of Germany and Austria had been expressly forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles, but the Allies did not protest this violation of the treaty. The Czech government did not have a say in the Munich agreement, since the country of Czechoslovakia was not in existence before the Treaty of Versailles was signed.

Theresienstadt was right on the dividing line between the Sudetenland and the remaining part of Czechoslovakia with the demarcation line being immediately alongside the town’s fortifications. As soon as the Germans arrived to take over the Sudetenland, 25,000 of the Jews living there fled across the border into Theresienstadt and some of them took temporary refuge in the Small Fortress.

Eduard Benes, who replaced Masaryk as president of Czechoslovakia in 1935, had been opposed to the Germans in World War I. During the period between wars, Benes was a strong supporter of the League of Nations and was active in trying to prevent Germany from regaining military power.

As an opponent of Fascism, Benes had complained to the League of Nations many times when Hitler began to violate the terms of the Versailles Treaty by rearming and placing troops in the Rhineland on the border between France and Germany.

The Munich “appeasement” of Hitler was intended to prevent another world war, but soon afterwards, Hitler demanded the resignation of Benes, his unrelenting opponent, who was agitating against the German takeover of the Sudetenland. In an effort to maintain peace, Benes resigned and went to England where he set up a Czech government in exile.

On March 14, 1939, following the resignation of Benes, Slovakia declared itself an independent state under the rule of Father Jozef Tiso, a Catholic priest and a Nazi supporter. On the following day, the Nazis marched into Czechoslovakia and took over the rest of the country without a fight. The states of Bohemia and Moravia, which had been dominated by the Germans for centuries under the Holy Roman Empire, became a German Protectorate. The Czech town of Terezin became once again a German town, and the name was changed back to the original name of Theresienstadt.

The Czechs fought as partisans against the Fascists in World War II, even sending men from England into Czechoslovakia by parachute to assassinate a top Nazi, SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the head of the German Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. According to Ben G. Frank in his book entitled “A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe,” over 50% of the Czech partisans were Jews.

After Slovakia split off into an independent country, it became an ally of the German Fascists. The rest of the small states in Czechoslovakia were taken over by Poland and Hungary to bring their former citizens back into their respective countries in accordance with Wilson’s Fourteen Points. Hungary became a Fascist ally of Germany, but there was still an ongoing dispute between Germany and Poland over the territory which Germany had lost to Poland after World War I. Germany had been divided into two parts, separated by the Polish Corridor which was created to give the Poles access to the port of Danzig.

7 Comments

  1. With the Americans its always Sudetan 1939, Munich 1938, Enabling Act 1933 and so on. Soon the Americans would have forgotten all about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The founding fathers and the whole and the purpose of the USA. But about European history seen through the lens of Jewish interests they’ll always be up to speed.

    Comment by Ivan — March 5, 2014 @ 3:48 am

  2. Hitler only wanted peace. A piece of Poland a piece of France} then why did he write in Mein Kampf that he sought a war with France and lebenraum in The judeo Bolshevik regime in Moscow? And why did he write of a war with America in the Second Book?

    Comment by der-wulf — March 4, 2014 @ 5:57 pm

    • der-wulf wrote: “why did he write in Mein Kampf that he sought a war with France and lebenraum in The judeo Bolshevik regime in Moscow?”

      I don’t remember that Hitler wrote he wanted a war with France in Mein Kampf. I remember he patently disliked France in that book, but not that he wanted another war with that country.

      He wrote he wanted Lebensraum in the Soviet Union because he thought at that time (mid-1920’s) that the Soviet Union was about to collapse and split and the surrounding powers would have taken pieces of the dislocated Soviet Union for themselves easily. He was wrong on that one and he knew the overarmed Soviet juggernaut of the 1940’s couldn’t be compared with the Soviet Union about to dislocate (in his opinion) of the mid-1920’s.

      der-wulf wrote: “And why did he write of a war with America in the Second Book?”

      Did he? If memory serves me right, the authenticity of the Second Book is discussed.

      Comment by hermie — March 5, 2014 @ 10:56 pm

  3. When I saw Putin enter Ukraine, I didn’t think about Czechoslovakia and the German-populated Sudetenland. I thought about Poland and the German minority of the Corridor. I said to myself: “Waw! Where is Britain? Where is America? Diplomacy has a better chance when Britain, America and Jewry are not plotting to destroy a country on any excuse.” At that time, a few days after entering Poland, Nazi Germany had already received a one-way ticket to an unstoppable world war from Great Britain. In September 1939, Britain had been plotting for a war of extermination on Nazi Germany for years, accordingly to her secular “balance of power” policy. FDR had also been working very hard to prevent any peaceful settlement of the German-Polish disputes (http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v04/v04p135_Weber.htmlhttp://vho.org/GB/Journals/JHR/4/2/Hoggan205-256.html). The Polish Colonels’ Regime was dreaming of conquests in Germany. When Britain gave a military agreement to Poland, the British leaders knew that would prevent any peaceful settlement of the German-Polish disputes. After numerous provocations and persécutions of the German minority in Poland, when Hitler entered Poland, the trap laid by Britain was unstoppable. Mussolini tried to organize a peace conference. Poland, France and Germany accepted Mussolini’s offer, but Britain only responded with an ultimatum to Germany. That made Mussolini’s offer fail and the most destructive war ever seen finally began.

    “Should Germany merchandise again in the next 50 years we have led this war in vain.” – Winston Churchill in Times (1919)

    “Germany becomes to powerful. We have to crush it.” – Winston Churchill (November 1936, to US-General Robert E. Wood)

    “This war is an English war and its goal is the destruction of Germany.” – Winston Churchill (Autumn 1939 broadcast)

    “Of all the Germans, Believe it or not, Hitler is the most moderate as far as Danzig and the Corridor are concerned.” – Sir, Neville Henderson, British Ambassador to Berlin, 16th August, 1939

    “We could have, if we had intended so, prevented this war from breaking out without doing one shot, but we didn’t want to.” – Winston Churchill to Truman (March 1946)

    “The last thing Hitler wanted was to produce another great war. His people, and particularly his generals, were profoundly fearful of any such risk – the experiences of World War One had scarred their minds.” – Sir. Basil Liddell Hart, The History of the Second World War

    “The fact is that the only real offer of security which Poland received in 1938 and 1939 emanated from Hitler. He offered to guarantee the boundaries laid down in the Versailles Treaty against every other country. Even the Weimar Republic had not for a moment taken this into consideration. Whatever one may think of Hitler’s government or foreign policy, no doubt exists on this point; his proposals to Poland in 1938/39 were reasonable and just and the most moderate of all which he made during the six years of his efforts to revise the Versailles Treaty by peaceful means.” – Professor Harry Elmer Barnes, American Historian

    “The state of German armament in 1939 gives the decisive proof that Hitler was not contemplating general war, and probably not intending war at all” – Prof AJP Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War, p. 267

    “Even in 1939 the German army was not equipped for a prolonged war; and in 1940 the German land forces were inferior to the French in everything except leadership.” – Prof AJP Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War, p. 104-5

    Comment by hermie — March 4, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

    • Bravo! You have everything exactly right. You have done some research and read all the right books.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 4, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

      • The state of Czechoslovakia was given birth by the Versailles treaty; designed by France to be an armed ally interposed between the two largest German cities of the continent Vienna and Berlin. From its inception the German minority who outnumbered the Slovaks were treated as second class citizens.Its capital Prague was historically German and had a German majority until 1860 and also had the oldest German university.
        It collapsed in 1939 and was put together again under Communism to finally split in 1993. The German minority were brutally expelled in 1945/46 . The irony is that the Czechs had one of the least unpleasant times in the period 39-45 compared to most other peoples of Europe. There was no general uprising until the last weeks. As for Lidice that was indeed a tragedy but greatly exaggerated for propaganda .purposes.

        Here is a you tube which shows what the Red army and red Czechs did to German woman and children in 1945. Curiously it hasnt been shown on the History channel the Daily mail or BBC .

        Comment by peter — March 4, 2014 @ 4:29 pm


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