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Quote of the day: Goering’s ‘word of honor’ to the Czech foreign minister

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the late 1930s, as part of my research for my next book. There are many head-slappers, but this quote jumped out at me, from a statement Herman Goering made to the Czech foreign minister early in 1938: “I give you my word of honor that Czechoslovakia has nothing ...

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I’ve been reading a lot lately about the late 1930s, as part of my research for my next book. There are many head-slappers, but this quote jumped out at me, from a statement Herman Goering made to the Czech foreign minister early in 1938: “I give you my word of honor that Czechoslovakia has nothing to fear from the Reich.” A year later, of course, the Nazis “smashed” Czechoslovakia, to use Hitler’s word.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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