The German translation of the Czechoslovak foreign minister's war memories, which are to appear in English translation in the near future. In many ways Beneš's account may be taken to supplement Masaryk's recollections. Both are distinctly heroic in theme and have much of an epic quality. In the case of Beneš this is particularly true, for prior to the World War he was not a man of note and his personal rise to influence and power is part of the story of his work for his fatherland. In this volume the whole familiar story is gone over again in great detail and the reader is made to live through the crucial days while the exiled Czech leaders were attempting not only to keep alive the opposition within the Dual Monarchy but to win the confidence of the Allies, to educate the Allied leaders about the situation of the submerged nationalities, and at the same time to build up a fighting force that could lend weight to political arguments. The story is one of the most dramatic and impressive episodes of the world conflict; these memoirs do much to make it more understandable.
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