Peace For Our Time

On 30th September 1938 Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned to London from Munich having signed the Anglo-German Declaration with Chancellor Adolf Hitler in an attempt to prevent war in Europe.

Mr Chamberlain declared to a jubilant London crowd, “I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice, quiet sleep.”

Less than one year later that peace accord was broken and World War II broke out. It took many years and immeasurable sacrifice for peace to eventually return.

We now, once again, live in uncertain times; divisions and differences at home and abroad echo those unsettled years preceding World War II.

This drawing depicts a dove, dead; or perhaps, we hope, getting a nice, quiet and brief sleep.

12 / 1938 / Peace For Our Time / Reem Acason / Graphite on paper