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Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
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Published byEvening Standard
Date24 Apr 1939
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Embedded text or transcriptNazied Hungary Fascized Albania Europe April 1939 Dear President Roosevelt, In
answer to your note, we do not feel threatened by our dear friends the Dictators. Your sincerely
Signed For Jugo-Slavia ... Jugo Slavia For Bulgaria ..... For Rumania ..... For Turkey ..... For
Etc. and What-not .....
Person DepictedHitler; Adolf (1889-1945)
Mussolini; Benito (1883-1945)
NotesUnited States.
- Reactions to the President's Peace Appeal. - Herr Hitler to call the Reichstag. - Signor
Mussolini's Statement. - The President's Initiative supported by the British Empire, France,
Russia and South America. - The German Government did not make an immediate reply to President
Roosevelt's telegram, but it was announced on April 17 that Herr Hitler had summoned the
Reichstag to meet on April 28 in order to give his reply to the American President. The German
Press attacked the message abusively. In Italy official circles maintained silence about the
appeal, but Signor Mussolini made a reply on April 20 during the course of a speech to the
executive committee of the Rome Universal Exhibition, to be held in 1942. The duce said that the
energies of the nation would be concentrated during the next three years on the task of making
the exhibition of 1942 worthy of Rome and Fascist Italy. "This is the beginning of a
'mobilisation', but do not let those beyond our frontiers be alarmed at this. The mobilisation is
quite peaceful and unwarlike, and there are not arms involved other than picks and shovels. If we
had any intention of setting the world ablaze we should not be harnessing ourselves to a task so
enormous. Consequently the attempt is highly unjust and from every point of view unjustifiable to
put the Axis countries in the dock. No less absurd is the building up of a ten-year reciprocal
guarantee, not to mention the colossal geographical errors made by persons who have the most
rudimentary notions of European affairs ... Whether or not we send a reply to the famous message,
I cannot miss this opprotunity to reafirm that the policy of Rome and of the Axis is a policy
inspired by principles of peace and collaboration, of which Italy and Germany have given many
concrete proofs." ... [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.3537]
Third Reich 1933-45
International relations
Balkan Peninsula
foreign policy
Historical periods and persons
axis powers
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