| Vojtech Mastny
| Historical Figure
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|| Diplomat, Educator, Author
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Dr. Vojtech Mastny
(1874-1954) was a Czech
diplomat, scholar and educator. He was Czech minister to Berlin
in 1938. He and Dr. Hubert Masarik
were the two representatives Czechoslovakia sent to the Munich Conference
in 1938. However, both men were directed to a hotel room by the Gestapo
and detained while Neville Chamberlain
, Edouard Daladier
, and Adolf Hitler
arranged for the Sudetenland
region of Czechoslovakia to be surrendered to Germany.
After World War II, Mastny published several works on the Cold War.
Vojtech Mastny and Hubert Masarik were both waiting to hear the outcome of the Munich Conference when Konrad Henlein was assassinated. When it became clear that Adolf Hitler intended to use the assassination as a casus belli, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain suggested that Mastny and Masarik might be willing to give more concessions on behalf of their country. Hitler would not even consider further concessions.