January 26th 1934 - German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact


After the coming into force of the Versailles Treaty, Polish troops occupy the areas assigned by Germany and cut off East Prussia from the rest of the German Empire. Danzig as a "free city" is put under the mandate of the League of Nations. The one million Germans living in the eastern regions feel disadvantaged. The rules of the Treaty strain the German-Polish relations during the Weimar Republic. After the Nazis seizure of power Hitler takes steps towards Poland. He lets his Foreign Minister Konstantin von Neurath lead exploratory talks with Poland. On January 26th 1934 the Foreign Minister signs the German-Polish non-aggression pact. It only lasts five and a half years. This non-aggression pact just as those later agreed upon with the Soviet Union was pure tactical calculation. Hitler saw Poland as a supplier of raw materials a satellite state and wanted to weaken the political axis of Warsaw-Paris. He never gave up his plans to subjugate all of Eastern and Central Europe.

Länge: 00:01:20 | O-Ton: nein | Farbe: s/w | Jahr: 1934 | Clip-ID: JHT000261E


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