Our History teacher, Lenny, told us to work with one student of senior 3 and look for sources about the Sudetenland and explain them.
The term of the Treaty of Versailles that Hitler broke was: the Sudetenland taken into the new state of Czechoslovakia (included a large number of Germans). The leader of the Nazis in the Sudetenland stirred up trouble among the Sudeten Germans and they demanded to be part of Germany. In 1938, Hitler made it clear that he intended to fight for Czechoslovakia if necessary. In September, Chamberlain flew to meet Hitler. Hitler demanded a part of the Sudetenland (only if a plebiscite showed that the Sudeten Germans wanted to join Germany), so the French and the British put to the Czechs their plans to give Hitler the parts of the Sudetenland that he wanted. However at second meeting days later, Hitler decided that he wanted all the Sudetenland.
As an excuse he claimed that the Czech government was mistreating the Germans in the Sudetenland and that he intended to ‘rescue’ them, the Sudeten Germans were badly treated.
Even if Britain and France had promise to support Czechoslovakia if it came to war, with Mussolini’s help, a final meeting was held in Munich on 29 September. The leaders of Britain, Germany and France decided on the fate of Czechoslovakia, they decided to give Hitler the Sudetenland (this is known as the Munich Agreement). On 1 October German troops marched into the Sudetenland.
a) It is a video of the speech that Hitler made to the Germans to convince them of his excuse that the Germans in the Sudetenland were badly treated by the government; therefore Hitler was ready to fight.
b) The message of the source is that the Germans in the Sudetenland were badly treated by the government of Czechoslovakia.
c) The perspective of the source is clearly a German point of view, as it is an speech of Hitler to Germans, in which he shows his intentions to attack the Sudetenland.
a) The type of source is an image, which shows Chamberlain on the right, with nothing but a hat and umbrella and Mars (the God of War) confronting him, in the left.
b) The message of the source is that Churchill is always standing against the war, supporting the policy of appeasement. Churchill wanted to achieve peace; therefore he was willing to do anything to stop Hitler starting a war. That’s why he supported the policy.
c) This source is from a British view, supporting the view of Churchill towards the policy of appeasement.
a) The type of source is a speech, made by Adolf Hitler, at the assembly in the Reichstag following the initiation of Fall Grün, the invasion of Czechoslovakia, on October 1, 1938.
b) The message of the source are the reasons why Hitler desired the Sudetenland and why he was going to start the invasion to it, the Sudeten Germans were badly treated by the government and were suffering intolerable conditions.
c) The source is from Hitler’s point of view, as it is an speech given by him to show why he started the invasion to the Sudetenland.
a) The type of source is a video, from a Hitler’s speech to the Germans trying to convince the German people to support him in his invitation to the Sudetenland.
b) The message is that Hitler was determined to help the Sudeten Germans and Hitler’s demands of freedom to the Sudeten Germans.
c) The source is from Hitler’s point of view, it is an speech expressing his deepest desire of freedom of the Sudeten Germans.
a) The type of source is Newspaper, American, published in 1938.
b) The message of the source is that the Germans troops had started their occupation program to the Sudetenland. The news is to inform the Americans about this event.
c) The point of view is American as it is an American newspaper for the American people, therefore the event is describe from that point of view.
By: Sol Diliscia and Candela Zufriategui