The double standards of Nazi diplomacy in 1938

Germany is making every effort in reconciling the apparently conflicting social interests which threaten the integral unity of all
nations, to give her people the happiness of a community held together in brotherly fashion; to assist those in poorer circumstances, and to further all good and healthy instincts for the material and personal well-being of the people as a whole.

With the same spirit which governs our actions at home we wish to establish our relations abroad. “We believe that the tasks which Providence has set us all, if we
are to dwell amicably side by side on this earth, must be solved in the same spirit; we wish therefore to cooperate sincerely and confidently with all Nations and all States who share these sentiments, and to put this our earnest striving into practice.”

The Fuhrer and Chancellor of the Reich
to the Diplomatic Corps. January 1938

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The speech delivered by Adolf Hitler to the Diplomatic Corps on January 14, 1938, needs to be examined critically against the backdrop of the historical context and the policies of Nazi Germany at that time. In the speech, Hitler emphasized efforts to reconcile social interests and promote unity and well-being among Germans, while also extending a hand of cooperation to other nations. This rhetoric of unity and peace is starkly contrasted by the actions and policies of the Nazi regime, which were marked by aggressive expansionism, militarization, and severe persecution of various groups, particularly Jews.

By 1938, Germany had already begun its aggressive expansionist policies, including the annexation of Austria in the Anschluss (March 1938) and the occupation of the Sudetenland following the Munich Agreement (September 1938)​ (¹)​​ (²)​. These actions contradicted the peaceful intentions professed in Hitler’s speech. Moreover, Nazi Germany’s internal policies were far from fostering „brotherly“ unity. The regime’s systemic persecution of Jews and other minorities escalated with events such as Kristallnacht (November 1938), where Jewish businesses, synagogues, and homes were destroyed, and thousands of Jews were arrested or killed​ (¹)​​ (³)​.

Internationally, while the speech suggested a desire for peaceful cooperation, the reality was that Nazi Germany was preparing for further military aggression. The period leading up to World War II saw the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with the Soviet Union in 1939, which secretly divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence between the two powers, setting the stage for the invasion of Poland and the onset of the war​ (³)​. Thus, Hitler’s speech to the Diplomatic Corps can be seen as a facade aimed at placating foreign powers and presenting a benign image of Nazi Germany, while the regime simultaneously pursued policies of oppression and expansionism. The contradiction between the professed intentions and actual actions of the Nazi government reveals the duplicitous nature of its foreign and domestic policies during this period.

Ah, dear listeners, let it be known that the tales I share are sourced from the grand repository known as „Wikipedia and the Speech of Adolf Hitler 1938″

I hereby unequivocally condemn and distance myself from the views, actions, speeches, and symbols of the National Socialists (Nazis). The reproduction of Nazi speeches, symbols, and the presentation of their views is solely for educational purposes and to foster a deeper understanding of historical events. It is not an endorsement of, nor an agreement with, any aspect of their ideology or actions.


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