The Year is 1939 ...

Hitler lays out the problem of Jews in Reichstag speech -- saying among other things -- "Europe will not have peace until the Jewish question has been disposed of ... If the international finance-Jewry inside and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the nations into a world war yet again, then the outcome will not be the victory of Jewry, but rather the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe! (Jan 30).

Nazis invade Czechoslovakia (March 15).

Spanish Civil war ends (March 28).

Nazis sign 'Pact of Steel' with Italy (May 22).

Nazis and Soviets sign Pact (Aug 23).

Britain and Poland sign Mutual Assistance Treaty (Aug 25).

British fleet mobilizes; Civilian evacuations begin from London (Aug 31).

Nazis invade Poland (Sept 1).

Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany (Sept 3).

British Royal Air Force attacks the German Navy (Sept 4).

United States proclaims neutrality; German troops cross the Vistula River in Poland (Sept 5).

Canada declares war on Germany; Battle of the Atlantic begins (Sept 10).

Soviets invade Poland (Sept 17).

Warsaw surrenders to Nazis; Reinhard Heydrich becomes the leader of new Reich Main Security Office (Sept 27).

Nazis and Soviets divide up Poland (Sept 29).

Assassination attempt on Hitler fails (Nov 8).

Soviets attack Finland (Nov 30).

Soviet Union expelled from the League of Nations (Dec 14).

Nazis begin euthanasia on sick and disabled in Germany.

First regular commercial flights over the Atlantic Ocean begin with Pan Am flights to Lisbon, Portugal.

First food stamp program begins in Rochester, NY.

John Steinbeck publishes
The Grapes of Wrath.

Nylon stockings introduced to consumers.

Recreation Park pool and fieldhouse dedicated and officially opens.

Gone with the Wind
wins an Oscar
for Best Picture
Buy it on


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