In the spring and summer of 1939, Hitler exacerbated his demands on the Polish government in Warsaw and insisted that Germany reconquer the port city of Gdansk (a former German city, internationalized by the Treaty of Versailles). Hitler also wanted to put an end to the alleged mistreatment of Germans living in the western regions of Poland. At the same time, he drew up his plan to attack Poland in August 1939 if his demands were not met. Hitler`s eagerness for war with Poland, however, made his generals nervous. In August 1939, the New York Times still reported fear of a Gleiwitz robbery.  On August 29, 1939, the New York Times reported that the Supreme Soviet had failed on its first day of convening to respond to the pact.  On the same day, the New York Times of Montreal, Canada, also reported that American professor Samuel N. Harper of the University of Chicago had publicly expressed his belief that “the Russian-German non-aggression pact hides an agreement that Russia and Germany could have planned spheres of influence for Eastern Europe.”  On August 30, 1939, the New York Times reported Soviet rearmament on its western borders through the transfer of 200,000 troops from the Far East.  On March 15, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Czechoslovakia and broke the agreement it had signed the previous year in Munich with Britain and France. The invasion shook the British and French leaders and convinced them that Adolf Hitler, the German chancellor, could not trust himself to abide by his agreements and that he would likely continue to commit aggression until he was stopped by violence or mass deterrence. . . .