Newstalgia Reference Room - The Czech crisis of September 1938 - news reports regarding the German desire to annex Czechoslovakia.
September 27, 2010

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The Czech crisis of 1938 - appeasement didn't have the desired results.


Seventy-two years ago this week, the world teetered on the brink of war as Germany issued demands for a portion of Czechoslovakia known as the Sudetenland. As the fate of the Czech people hung in the balance, Britain and Germany underwent talks and negotiations to resolve the crisis and a new word, Appeasement started to make its way into daily usage.

Here are a series of news reports and analysis from CBS on September 26, 1938 with Edward R. Murrow in London, Robert Trout and H.V. Kaltenborn in New York discussing the events of the day and speculating on the outcome.

The world was holding its collective breath and Radio news came into its own as a viable source of information for the first time. The Czech crisis was a culminating moment in Network radio as reports came in live from overseas adding a new dimension as well as a new urgency to the concept of broadcast journalism as it had never happened before.

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