News of the day in 1938. News from Radio Prague on the previous days elections in Czechoslovakia. Election results and the Sudeten-German crisis. May 16, 1938.
May 16, 2012

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Konrad Henlein of the Deutsches Sudeten Party. Berlin's mouthpiece in Prague.


News for this day in May 1938 was unsettling. The crisis between Nazi Germany and Czechoslovakia was heating up and the goings on in Prague were taking center stage for the rest of the world.

This broadcast, an English language newscast from Radio Prague on May 16th, 1938 deals with results from the elections held the previous day. Of primary concern was just how influential pro-Nazi Konrad Henlein and his Deutsche Sudeten Party were in securing enough seats in Parliament and how this would eventually effect the proposed land-grab by Berlin.

Negotiations were still going on between England, France and Germany over the Sudeten question, and things would heat up considerably more over the coming weeks before an appeased settlement was brokered by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. The outcome didn't favor the beleaguered Czech people, but it did promise "Peace In Our Time" for the moment.

And that's what happened in Prague, this May 16, 1938.

The rest is history.

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