8 Handshakes That Changed History

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Neville Chamberlain - Adolf Hitler

September 22, 1938

German ruler Adolf Hitler met and shook hands with British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in Godesberg, Germany on September 22, 1938; eight days before Chamberlain's famous arrival in Britain claiming peace with the dictator. The purpose of the meeting was to debate Hitler's takeover of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland. Chamberlain believed that Hitler was only concerned with the Sudetenland and believed war could be averted.

Chamberlain arrived on the 22nd to give his terms for peace but was roundly rejeceted by Hitler who claimed they had become unacceptable. Hitler clearly sought to gain the offensive in the negotiations by not only rejecting Chamberlain's peace plan but insisting that Sudetenland be surrendered to Germany within the next six days. The Munich Agreement brought about by the French and British and also signed by France and Italy allowed German annexation of Sudetenland.

 

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