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Gerd Schultze Rhonhof s book makes no assumptions In truth, this is a book which is remarkably objective in it s analysis and usage of primary, secondary and tertiary sources Unfortunately this English edition is not the most recent edition, but it is the best we have and it does it s job remarkably well Rhonhof gives historical background to all the countries involved and their relations with each other, this book doesn t only focus on Germany or Adolf Hitler, although it does of course have Gerd Schultze Rhonhof s book makes no assumptions In truth, this is a book which is remarkably objective in it s analysis and usage of primary, secondary and tertiary sources Unfortunately this English edition is not the most recent edition, but it is the best we have and it does it s job remarkably well Rhonhof gives historical background to all the countries involved and their relations with each other, this book doesn t only focus on Germany or Adolf Hitler, although it does of course have much to say about certain truths and untruths that have been criticized in the past by both revisionist and orthodox historians He also goes into the backgrounds of historical conflicts which erupted in 1939, such as the long standing conflict between Germany and Poland, the Czechs and Germany, other eastern European countries and conflict with each other spanning centuries to over 1,000 years ago The war which erupted in 1939 wasn t something which happened out of nowhere and simply because Adolf Hitler wished it so Every country involved had her reason to fight, and limit to which they would go in order secure peace Germany was no different Hitler held negotiations all the way up t o August 31st 1939, in which he halted the Wehrmacht 3 times in order to potentially figure out a peaceful solution In fact, this peaceful solution Hitler sought with Poland is nothing new or revisionist, authors from Sidney Aster, Ian Kershaw, Peter Hitchens, AJP Taylor, Bullock, Richard Overy, Brendan Simms, David Irving, John Toland, Udo Walendy, Liddell Hart and many others on both sides recognize the fact that Adolf Hitler pursued peaceful options towards Poland until war became worthwhile for the simple fact that the Poles rejected negotiations If anyone declared war first it would ve been Poland see One only needs to see how Hitler s reaction to the opening of war in 1939 was recorded by his confidants Paul Schmidt for example, Hitler s English interpreter who was sitting with Hitler while he negotiated the Sudetenland in 1938 with Chamberlain, noted how if, at that moment in 1938 Hitler could ve had war yet chose not to, and how on September 3rd 1939 he recalled the following I took the document The British and French Ultimatum to the Reich Chancellery In the Reich Chancellery I gave it to Hitler, that is to say, I found Hitler in his office in conference with the Foreign Minister and I translated the document into German for him When I had completed my translation, there was at first silence And when I had completed my translation, both gentlemen were absolutely silent for about a minute I could clearly see that this development did not suit them at all For a while Hitler sat in his chair deep in thought and stared somewhat worriedly into space Then he broke the silence with a rather abrupt question to the Foreign Minister, saying, What shall we do now Thereupon they began to discuss the next diplomatic steps to be taken, whether this or that ambassador should be called, et cetera When I came out again, I saw by their anxious faces that my remark had been correctly interpreted When I then told them that I had just handed a British ultimatum to Hitler, a heavy silence fell on the room The faces suddenly grew rather serious I still remember that Goering, for instance, who was standing in front of me, turned round to me and said, If we lose this war, then God help us Goebbels was standing in a comer by himself and had a very serious, not to say depressed, expression This depressing atmosphere prevailed over all those present, and it naturally lives in my memory as something most remarkable for the frame of mind prevailing in the anteroom of the Reich Chancellery on the first day of the war I d ask anyone, does this seem like the reactions of men who got what they wanted Reactions of men who supposedly were jubilant at the idea of starting a war No Absolutely not Yet this piece of history is summarily ignored, it s not new information by any means it is though severely inconvenient to traditional patriotic Allied portrayal of the defeated, defenseless Germany enemy One must not forget that the Second World War was the culmination of many events of which Adolf Hitler played no part The American embargo on the Japanese which provoked Pearl Harbour, the entire conflict Japan had been engaged in with Manchuria and Russia which spanned decades see None of these events were the fault of Hitler Europe was hardly a place of stable peace in the inter war years The civil war in spain, Austria and Poland became dictatorships before Hitler came along to negotiate The Soviet Union had first attacked Poland in 1920, and the various ethnicities which resulted from the First World War were greatly dissatisfied with how their lot had been decided None of this lies at the feet of Hitler, in fact it s just the opposite These problems and even Hitler himself were the result of the Allies who won the last war and failed to do their due diligence and set the record straight and make things right What was a simple border conflict between Germany and Poland which did not concern Britain, resulted in the Second World War only AFTER the British and French declared war on Hitler, NOT the other way around Poland was lost Poland wouldn t return until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the mid 1990s, and no attempt was made to save her from the grubby mitts of the Soviets The Allies betrayed their guarantee to Poland which was symbolicthan anything, as both Hitler and the British knew they could not act to protect Poland in anyway Of course this worked in Hitler s favour, he offered the west peace at the Kroll opera house after Poland was defeated and the Soviets had similarly invaded to take their slice of the pie Nothing could be done, and all that was proclaimed about the moral righteousness for the integrity of the Polish state was lost when the valiant western allies wouldn t keep their promise or declare war on the Soviets It was empty, it always was an excuse to attack Hitler for their own interests which I cannot blame them for having Nor can I blame Hitler for having his own interests which were, in truth, muchmoral than those of the allies Keep in mind also, that Case White, Hitler s contingency plan for the invasion of Poland, the plan that was greenlit and acted upon in 1939 was only written up AFTER the Polish Guarantee was given by the British, it was a reaction But not only this, Case White, for anyone who knows what that document actually says, called for the isolation of Poland without the influence of any other nation Certainly doesn t sound like the plan for a World War to me And like I said earlier, considering the German Polish war to be the Second World War is laughable as manyfronts and countries involved would need to take place before such a title could be applied to these events The true initiators of the Second World War could honestly be the British and French who declared war, opening the conflict westwards and not agreeing to peace feelers overtly and covertly offered by Hitler Lest we forget the confirmed collusion between the Americans, British and Poles et al to go to war and smash Germany as the Polish white book, confirmed by president Herbert Hoover as authentic, so displayed see I could say muchBut the thick of it is that Hitler was merely ONE component, result, and instigator of a world that was heading for disaster Rhonhof doesn t absolve Hitler of what he thinks Hitler was truly guilty of, and that was the blunder of his occupation of Czechia Rhonhof is harsh about this move, and recognizes as many historians have for over half a century that this was probably one of Hitler s biggest blunders that he did not realise he made Whether it was justified or not, Ronhof doesn t think so as it flies in the face of Hitler s proclamation of incorporating purely Germanic people, not Slavs, the impression left on Britain wasn t a positive one However I would disagree with Ronhof as Czechia never truly became apart of Germany, but a protectorate with Czechs at the helm and they made it out of the war relatively unscathed thanks to Germany s protection But that didn t stop them from murderously butchtering and deporting ethnic Germans en masse after the war, committing the same crime with allied support Germany was subsequently lambasted for committing against the Jews Holocaust aside Czechoslovakia was never considered to be an authentic state, it was 20 years old held together by a large Czech constituency and elite which held the fate of numerous ethnicities that wanted no part of it Many falsely claim that Hitler violated the Munich agreement, which is not so I recall a speech in which Hitler addresses this same accusation but for the life of me I cannot think of it s specifics So I apologise otherwise I d have quoted it here But the fact of the matter is that once Slovakia seceded the historical position of the remaining Czech state was altered forever, negating the Munich agreement You may argue Hitler had a hand in getting Slovakia to secede, and you d be partially correct Jozef Tiso only came to Hitler wanting support against the Czechs because a state of emergency was declared and the Slovaks were dismissed from the cabinet, events which transpired on their own without Hitler whatsoever The only thing Hitler could do was support the position the Slovaks had been teetering on for 20 years, which just so happened at that time to benefit Germany s interests So Hitler gave Tiso the ultimatum to either announce that Slovakia would secede or they couldn t count on German support IIRC Very simple And it worked, and it could only have worked if the Slovak desire to secede had previously existed prior to Hitler This is again an example of why it s impossible and disingenuous to solely blame Hitler for the events that culminated in the actions taken by other countries, such as Britain s guarantee which Hitler could not have expected and could only act accordingly Rhonhof of course does a fantastic job at explaining all of this and keeping it condensed to a moderate 700 pages, when it could truly have demanded evenwhich I would have enjoyed His book is essential and debunks, confirms, and provides muchcontext and explanation than any mainstream source could hope His chapter on German Polish relations is fascinating, and you learn that via the customs crisis which occured in 1939 Hitler could ve easily had war with Poland then and there with a pretence that was started by Poland herself But he didn t Another mighty inconvenient fact which puts to shame anyone who proclaims Hitler is solely responsible for that war which never should have become a Second World War if the Western allies were truly as committed to peace as they pretended.I could writeandon this, but I think enough has been said Buy this book Read this book [[ READ BOOK ]] ⇯ 1939 - The War That Had Many Fathers: The Long Run-Up to the Second World War ☔ The author s research leads to some surprising conclusions Documents from foreign ministries, and notes and memoranda from British, French, Italian and American leaders, ministers, diplomats and military commanders, prove that quite a number of countries were involved in instigating World War II Interconnections, hitherto overlooked, are made clear This war , writes Schultze Rhonhof, had many fathers Much in our German history fromtocannot be understood without cognizance of contemporary events in other lands actions and reactions are closely linked together Yet it was not only contemporary events in neighboring nations which contributed to the start of the war, it was also, and not insignificantly, the joint prehistory of the disputing parties Almost every history has a prehistory One of if not THE best Book about the years up to 1939 Please be warned This book is not for serious readers of history The author is not a historian The book is the furthest thing from objective It has the tone of a closing argument and one can sense the author frothing at the mouth as he writes It is dumbfounding how this book got such a high rating I can only assume that it was rated so by contrarians and Germans weary of war guilt.