On 23 August, Poland commemorates the Hitler-Stalin Pact

On 23 August 1939, in Moscow, a non-aggression pact was signed between the Soviet Union and the German Reich, which was extended to include a secret protocol. 

Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin prepared together for Europe and the whole world a hecatomb of war of unprecedented proportions. The first victim of their cooperation was Poland, attacked by Germany on the 1st of September and by the Soviet Union on the 17th of September. 

As a result of six long years of repression by both totalitarian regimes, the Republic of Poland lost nearly 6 million citizens. It is a story of thousands of crimes and massacres.

The Soviet Union, after a two-year period of close cooperation with the Third Reich, was attacked by the latter. The USSR ended the war in the ranks of the victorious Allied coalition. The Anglo-Saxons gave way to the new imperial policy of Soviet totalitarianism. Few people wanted to remember the Soviet complicity with Hitler’s Nazi Germany. 

Hitler and Ribbentrop paid for their actions with death. The first one reportedly committed suicide in the bunker of the Reich Chancellery in Berlin when faced with defeat. The second was sentenced to death by the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg. However, thousands of German torturers remained unpunished.

Stalin, Molotov, and other Soviet leaders and their subordinates not only have not been held accountable to this day but their crimes are sometimes even questioned by ill-informed or dishonest intellectuals. 


Image: IPN

Author: Sébastien Meuwissen


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