[Germany], 1940 Single bi-folded sheet, printed in black. Very good, with some creasing at the page folds, light toning and minor soiling, three minor pinholes at the center folds, light wear and a few short tears to the extremities, clean panels. Overall, a surprisingly well-preserved copy of this scarce wartime leaflet. This speech was published as a warning to Great Britain: a precursor to the bombing of London during the Blitzkrieg of September 1940, these leaflets were dropped from German planes onto London shortly before the same planes returned to drop bombs. A Last Appeal to Reason is the English translation of the victory speech Hitler gave in Berlin at the Reichstag on July 19, 1940, following the Fall of France in the spring of that year. It is a striking example of Hitler's (and Joseph Goebbels') extraordinary ability to manipulate fact-based truths into rhetoric that supported offensive and aggressive military action under the guise of intense German nationalism - the same powerful command of language that allowed Hitler's rise to power. In this speech, Hitler traces the origin of the present conflict to World War I and the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, what he considered to be the harsh terms of reparation that had debilitating effects on the German economy and national spirit. He reminds his audience that in both 1914 and 1939 it was France and Great Britain that first declared war, and, in doing so, he sets the foundation for his argument that Germany has retained a natural position of self-defense in both conflicts. Hitler then pleads that the British people "appeal to reason" and seek peace lest Germany be obligated to escalate the conflict through retaliation.. 1st Edition.. Very Good. (Inventory #: WWII001)
19th & 20th Century American and English Literature, Modern First Editions, Signed and Presentation Copies
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