Hitler's Peace Plan and Continuing European Crisis
Anew Stage in the international crisis precipitated on March 7 by German reoccupation of the demilitarized Rhineland was reached on April 1, when the German government delivered at London an elaboration of proposals previously advanced by Chancellor Hitler for the pacification of Europe. The new note added little to the earlier offers.* It failed in particular to contain any positive contribution of the kind earnestly sought by Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden to facilitate commencement of negotiations for solution of the problems presented by the Reich's unilateral denunciation of treaties affecting the Rhineland. The request for a pledge from the Reich not to proceed with fortification of that area was not even mentioned. While the German government offered not ...