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Quote of the day: Goering's 'word of honor' to the Czech foreign minister

I've been reading a lot lately about the late 1930s, as part of my research for my next book. There are many head-slappers, but this quote jumped out at me, from a statement Herman Goering made to the Czech foreign minister early in 1938: "I give you my word of honor that Czechoslovakia has nothing to fear from the Reich." A year later, of course, the Nazis "smashed" Czechoslovakia, to use Hitler's word.



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