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'Munich – Why?' Fireside chat with Sir Oliver Popplewell
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'Munich – Why?' A fireside chat with Sir Oliver Popplewell

Celebrating over 70 years at the Bar. Sir Oliver Popplewell (Inner Temple Bencher) chats to The Rt Hon Sir Konrad Schiemann (Former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union and Inner Temple Treasurer) about his new book 'Munich - Why?'

This is a fascinating, cold-case review of the 1938 Munich agreement. There were five major players: Britain, France, Germany, Russia and Czechoslovakia. For the Czechs it was a disaster. In 1939, the Germans marched into Prague. The Czechs were to lose their independence for some 50 years. In Britain, Chamberlain was the self-appointed spokesman for the Czechs. He was simply found wanting because he never appeared to have the slightest understanding of Hitler’s dishonesty. The French were led by corrupt and incompetent politicians who had treaty obligations to the Czechs which they were determined, at all costs, to avoid being required to honour. The Germans were the villains of the act. Hitler was determined to smash the Czechs and “to remove the tribes of Bohemia and Moravia into reservations in Siberia and Wolhynia (a marshy part of Poland).”

“Ethnic cleansing” had not then entered the English language. Russian foreign policy was famously described by Churchill as “a riddle, wrapped up in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

This discussion will be available in person and online, tickets are free but booking is essential.

Doors open: 5.30pm
Discussion: 6pm -7pm followed by drinks reception.

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Start Date: 19th July 2022 at 6:00 pm

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End Date: 19th July 2022 at 7:00 pm

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