September 6, 2019

Carpathian Ukraine and Hungary: 80 Years Ago and Today

Oleksiy Volovych
Ph.D. in History

 

September 1 marks 80 years since the beginning of the Second World War. The main international commemorative events on this occasion took place in Poland, which in September 1939 fell victim to two totalitarian regimes — of Hitler's Germany and of Stalin's USSR. The Second World War was preceded by shameful events, such as the violent Anschluss of Austria in March 1938, the Munich Conspiracy of September 30, 1938, the victim of which was Czechoslovakia, and the signed in Moscow on August 23, 1939 Stalinism-Hitlerism criminal deal on non-aggression between the Reich and the USSR.

The criminal agreement signed in Munich on September 30, 1938, was one of the most shameful manifestations of a “pacification” policy on the eve of Second World War by the governments of the United Kingdom and France with a view to agreeing with Nazi Germany at the expense of the countries of the Central and South-Eastern Europe.

This Paris and London's deal with Hitler was condemned by Sir Winston Churchill, stating in due time: “You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour, and you will have war”.

I would like to remind these words of the great Briton to some pro-Russian “pacifists” in Ukraine, who call for peace by capitulating to Moscow, which would only encourage the Kremlin camarilla to further aggressive actions against our state.

The article is available in Ukrainian