Why didn’t the Americans come to liberate Prague? The legend of the agreement with the Soviets has fallen
Nobody can see inside Stalin’s head. The British play second fiddle, so Churchill desperately presses the US: „Free Prague!“ Perhaps to atone for Munich. But six days before the first American troops enter our territory, President Roosevelt dies. And to General Eisenhower, we are just pieces on the chessboard of war.
The defeat of the Nazis is imminent. There are only two paths that the European countries can take after the war is over. To establish a parliamentary democratic system with a market economy, or the Soviet model of communist totalitarianism with a nationalised and centrally planned economy. The political games begin.
The legend of the agreement
Until now, the tradition in this country has been that everything was decided in January 1945 at the Yalta conference of the so-called Big Three (Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill). Czechoslovakia was to be „handed over“ to Stalin there. Unfortunately, this legend still has very strong roots today. And yet there was no mention of us at all.
There was no reason to: all three powers recognised Benes’ London government and maintained good relations with it. Moreover, ironically, the meeting guaranteed all the liberated countries the same right: „To choose for themselves the form of government in which they wish to live.“
Churchill against all