French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942

A little history lesson thanks to David’s grandma who didn’t throw these French newspapers away (that we just discovered in the storage space this weekend!)

French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942 Conditions of the WWI peace treaties were decided in May 1919. (Women’s suffrage is just a teaser. That wouldn’t actually happen until 1944.)

French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942 The Treaty of Versailles was signed June 28, 1919.

French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942 Hitler, Mussolini, Chamberlain and Daladier gathered in Munich in September 1938. Hitler “accepted” to delay mobilizing troops.

French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942 The Munich Agreement was signed on September 30, 1938 and everyone proclaimed “PEACE!”

French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942 A Historic Night. Enthusiasm in Munich. And much sadness and betrayal in Czechoslovakia, who was not even invited to the conference.

French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942 270,000 refugees of the Spanish Civil War came to France in February of 1939. (The actual number was closer to 500,000.)

French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942 German troops invaded Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg (as well as northern France) on May 10, 1940 which marked the beginning of the Western Offensive, also known as the Battle of France.

French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942 Italy declared war on France and England on June 10, 1940.  France signed an armistice with Germany 12 days later and the Vichy Regime was formed on July 10.

French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942 Vichy France, run by Phillipe Pétain and Pierre Laval, urged Frenchmen to go to work in Germany in June 1942 for “the freedom of prisoners” and for “OUR COUNTRY!”

Dr. Wagner has a PhD in Linguistics and is dedicated to learning and teaching languages online and abroad. She has studied in Quebec and Australia, taught English in France, and is currently based in the US.