Neville chamberlain won Hitler’s best in Munich.


Neville chamberlain won Hitler’s best in Munich.
The author Robert Harris’s new novel Munich takes us back to 1938, until the day before world war ii. Of course, we now say it was before the war – but at that time, people were not sure if another war would come.
In September of that year, German leader Hitler asked some of his neighbours’ Czechoslovakia. He threatened to invade, but at a meeting in the city of muir, the British prime minister, neville chamberlain, negotiated what he called “the peace of our time”.
History is not good for chamberlain. He allowed Hitler to dismember Czechoslovakia, and he ended up postponing the war because Hitler was constantly taking over territory.
But Harris wants us to reconsider the negotiations between Hitler and chamberlain. “You can’t get two more inconsistent in history,” he said, “contrary to popular myth, however, I think it’s chamberlain got Hitler’s better Hitler in Munich don’t want to be there, he wants to be his advance in Prague army chief. ”
Harris is both a journalist and a novelist, and his historical novels seem to constantly comment on current events. The latest book, in Munich, tells the story of September 1938 through two young people. One is a junior official in Germany; The other was an assistant to chamberlain. Both countries tried to find the right path in the era of fascism, and we saw their leaders through their eyes.
Twenty years ago, in the first world war, when the British lost three quarters of a million, you had to remember how you felt. And we are still rearming in Britain, and we have a few years to go before we have enough air force to deal with the germans. In September 1938, we had only 20 fighter jets. We have a biplane. So, you know, this is the background of the novel.
I think the best witness, I admit that challenges the notion of popular, is the best witness to adolf Hitler, one of the reasons I wanted to write this novel is I stumbled across the German historian joachim firth close-up diary, wrote Albert speer memoir – ospel is minister of Hitler’s arms. He asked speer about Munich, and he said that in the weeks following Munich, Hitler had been in a dirty state, and at a dinner party, it all gushed out. He said the germans were deceived and everyone was deceived by chamberlain. Even at the end of his life in 1945, Hitler said: “we should have fought in 1938, and September 1938 is the best time.” And I think that if the British and the French took part in the war in September 1938, Hitler would probably live longer and win more.
Like his main character, he wants to get through a difficult time.
I think that if the British and the French were in the war in September 1938, Hitler would probably be even more triumphant.
Yes, very much… I’ve been thinking about writing a novel about Munich for 30 years, and it was not until last year, I found the story, and found this kind of resonance, it suddenly seems to be the right time to start it. You’re right, a young man, these two young people, the protagonists of my novel, they were in Oxford in 1930, an Englishman, a German, a young man, but they were doomed to fail. They were trapped in the opposite party, and they felt they could do nothing. I think there is a feeling in the world that what is happening is very difficult for any of us to compete with. And so I felt compassion for the two young men who were destined to fight, and it was like a madness, a disease, and it worked itself.


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