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International Events Leading to World War II

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Title

International Events Leading to World War II

Subject

World War, 1939-1945.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Yehuda Bauer, Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Contributor

Bauer, Yehuda

Relation

G36-00013
Tape number: 4241H

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

World War, 1939-1945.

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Interviewee

Bauer, Yehuda

Transcription

I don't think that the Spanish Civil had more than a marginal influence on the developments. It was a clear attempt on the part of Germany and Italy to expand their control over Europe. By the way, it failed because they never drew Franco's Spain in the war on their side.

The war could have been prevented in 1936 when the German army occupied the area in West Germany that had been demilitarized at the Versailles Treaty, when Hitler gave the order to the German army that if one French battalion crosses the border from the other side in order to stop the Germans from reoccupying the area, the Germans would have to withdraw. That would have been a political defeat, which it is very doubtful that Hitler would have survived.

In 1938, German army officers planned a putsch against Hitler if the Western Powers stood up against Hitler in the crises around Czechoslovakia, when ultimately the Germans annexed the border areas of Czechoslovakia. Again, probably the regime would have either collapsed -- or at least retreated -- and World War II might have probably been avoided. The clearest element there is exactly as I said before: the negotiations in the late spring of 1939 between the Western Powers and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union, had it agreed then with the West, it would have saved the lives of 20 million Soviet citizens.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

00:02:18

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “International Events Leading to World War II,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed October 23, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/455.

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