So just some things that I've lifted from Wikipedia, but I think are worthy of note.August 1st. Nazi Germany forbade the sale of lottery tickets to Jews.
Funny but not funny. Gives a bit of insight into Nazi bigotry. Personally I don't like massive social state control. But if you are going to control people for their good then gambling is surely a social negative that should be banned for all people. Notably the Soviet Union had state lotteries.August 2nd. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain introduced a motion to adjourn the House of Commons until October 3.
The motion passed 250-132, and an attempted amendment by the opposition to shorten the length of adjournment to August 21 was defeated. More than 30 Conservatives supported the shorter recess and expressed their displeasure by abstaining from voting. One of them was Winston Churchill, and another was Ronald Cartland, who during a speech prophetically said, "We are in the situation that within a month we may be going to fight, and we may be going to die."August 3rd. The medical licenses of all Jewish doctors in Nazi Germany were nullified.
Again more bureaucratically applied Nazi bigotry.August 4th A Chinese mob in Tientsin attacked offices of the British International Export Corporation
, smashing furniture and other equipment and throwing it into the Hai River. The British said the attack was instigated by the Australians.
Anyone got any insight into this? August 5th The 76th United States Congress adjourned for the rest of the summer.Poland sent Danzig a note demanding that interference with Polish customs guards on the border with East Prussia cease.
History is just not neat. When it comes to Danzig, it seems pretty clear that it was the Poles that were the bad guys. The demands to join Germany from the people of Danzig were not unreasonable. One thing I don't think is explored enough is alternative history, alternative history. If the allies had intervened early to stop German and keep Danzig and the Sudetenland under Slavic domination, would people be thanking our leaders. It was only by experiencing the full horror of World War II that we were able to discern how bad it could be and that the Germans had the capability of rolling up the western front. If Churchill had been successful in getting his way in 1938 I can well imagine him being remembered with the same fondness as W Bush.August 7th Danzig rejected the Polish demand of August 5, refusing to recognize untrained Polish officials as supervisors of Danzig customs.August 9th Italy published a law introducing fines for anyone moving from the country to a city of 25,000 people or more unless they already had work there.
Mussolini had recently advised moving out of the cities if possible to avoid potential bombing in event of war.
I thought this was notable, not to take a cheap shot at Mussolini, but just to emphasise how no one really knew what the coming war was going to be like. Its so difficult to divest ourselves of hindsight to enter the minds of the participants at the time.