JULY 6-15, 1938
REFUGEE CONFERENCE IN EVIAN
“Delegates from thirty-two countries met at the French resort of Evian. Roosevelt chose not to send a high-level official, such as the secretary of state, to Evian; instead, Myron C. Taylor, a businessman and close friend of Roosevelt’s, represented the US at the conference. During the nine-day meeting, delegate after delegate rose to express sympathy for the refugees. But most countries, including the United States and Britain, offered excuses for not letting in more refugees.
Responding to Evian, the German government was able to state with great pleasure how “astounding” it was that foreign countries criticized Germany for their treatment of the Jews, but none of them wanted to open the doors to them when “the opportunity offer[ed].”
AND FROM STATE DEPARTMENT FILES:
German troops crossed Austrian frontier.
The Times (London) March 12, 1938, p. 12
Austro-German Union proclaimed at Vienna: “Austria is a state
(land) of the German Reich.” Text of Anschluss law, Department
of State PRESS RELEASES, March 19, 1938, Vol. XIX, p 374.April 16
British-Italian agreement signed, whereby Great Britain
recognized the conquest of Ethiopia and Italy promised to
withdraw all troops from Spain at the conclusion of the civil
Great Britain, Foreign Office TREATY SERIES, No. 31 (1938)
Three day Anglo-French conference at London. Arrangement
concluded whereby the British and French general staffs would
collaborate more closely henceforth in military and naval
New York Times, April 29, 1938, p. 1; April 30, p. 1.
Chaco Peace Pact signed, ending the long conflict between
Bolivia and Paraguay.
Department of State PRESS RELEASES, July 23, 1938, Vol. XIX, p.
Chamberlain-Hitler talks at Berchtesgaden.
New York Times, September 16, 1938, p. 1.
Chamberlain-Hitler talks at Godesberg.
New York Times, September 23, 1938, p. 1.; September 24, 1938,
President Roosevelt appealed for peace directly to Hitler and
Department of State PRESS RELEASES, October 1, 1938, Vol. XIX, p
Chamberlain, Daladier, Hitler and Mussolini signed Munich Pact.
Great Britain, Cmd. 5848, FURTHER DOCUMENTS RESPECTING
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, INCLUDING THE AGREEMENT CONCLUDED AT MUNICH ON
SEPTEMBER 29, 1938, Miscellaneous No. 8 (1938)
Chamberlain-Hitler peace declaration signed.
Great Britain, House of Commons PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES, Vol. 339,
Sudeten areas occupied by Germany.
See Great Britain, Cmd. 5848.
Czechoslovakia yielded to Poland.
New York Times, October 2, 1938, p. 1.
Polish troops occupied the Teschen area.
New York Times, October 3, 1938, p 1.
Franco-German peace declaration signed.
New York Times, December 7, 1938, p. 1.