27 May 2007

Peace in Their Time

We, the German Führer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for two countries and for Europe.

We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.

We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries, and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference, and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe."
När Storbritanniens premiärminister Neville Chamberlain hade läst upp innehållet i det dokument som han och Tysklands rikskansler Adolf Hitler hade undertecknat i München, den 30 september 1938, ståendes framför en jublande massa utanför hans residens på 10 Downing Street, fortsatte han:
"My good friends this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honor. I believe it is peace in our time."
Ett år senare började andra världskriget.

Själva München-överenskommelsen kan ni se på bild här (scrolla ner en bit).


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