Hat Are Two Reasons Kennan Felt The Munich Agreement Was Unnecessary


    “The Munich Agreement was a tragically falsely suspicious and desperate act of appeasement at the expense of the Czechoslovak state, led by Chamberlain and French Prime Minister Daladier in the vain hope of satisfying Hitler`s stormy ambition and thus securing a peaceful future for Europe. We know today that it was not necessary – useless because the Czech defence was very strong, and if the Czechs had decided to fight, they could have resisted considerably; Even more useless, because the German generals, aware of Germany`s relative weakness at that time, were in fact ready to kidnap Hitler if he had insisted on pushing things to war. It was the fact that the Western powers and the Czechoslovak government gave in at the last moment and that Hitler had once again won a bloodless triumph that deprived the generals of any excuse for such a measure. We still see, as often in history, that it is sometimes worth opposing men to his problems, even if there is no certain victory in sight.¬†George F. Kennan was Director of the Policy Planning Staff of the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1947 to 1949. In his book Of Russia and the West under Lenin and Stalin (1960), he wrote about the Munich Agreement: “During this summer of 1938, the Nazi construction against Czechoslovakia proceeded rapidly; and in September there was the famous Munich crisis, which shook Europe in its foundations. With the details of this crisis – Chamberlain`s meeting with Hitler in Bad Godesberg, his subsequent dramatic flight to Munich, his Hitler concession to have the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia, the Czech capitulation, the fall and flight of the Czech government, the occupation of much of Bohemia and Moravia by the Germans and the reduction of what remained of the Czechoslovak Republic, on the state of a defenseless dependence of Germany, we are familiar with all this. European history knows no more tragic day than that of Munich. I remember it very well.

    because I was in Prague at the time, and I will never forget the sight of whiners in the streets when the news of what had happened came over the speakers. .