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Konrad Henlein

(1898—1945)


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(b. 6 May 1898, d. 10 May 1945).

Nazi leader of the Sudetenland 1938–45 From the Sudetenland, an area in outer Bohemia inhabited by around three million people of German origin, he founded the Sudeten‐German Party, which claimed Czech atrocities against the German minority. This served as Hitler's excuse for his invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938, and his annexation of the Sudetenland to Germany. Hitler appointed Henlein leader under the title of Reichskomissar (1938), and Gauleiter and Statthalter in charge of the Sudetenland (1939–45). Henlein committed suicide whilst in American imprisonment.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Second World War.


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