- May 12, 2019
In one of the most infamous Treaties of Modern Times the Dictators of Germany and the Soviet Union signed a Pact in Moscow that effectively divided Poland and gave large chunks of Eastern Europe over to each other to do with as they saw fit.
Given the subsequent Invasion of Russia in 1941 by Hitler the Russians have always been embarrassed by this Devils Pact.
But now they have decided to own up and see it as a necessary piece of Realpolitik
Perhaps that is the correct interpretation
- or maybe if they had joined with Britain and France in standing up to Hitler then he would have baulked at finding himself at War with three Great Powers?
Eighty years after the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed a non-aggression treaty dividing Europe into spheres of influence, Russia has put the original Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and its secret protocol on public display for the first time.
Exhibition about Soviet-Nazi treaty, signed on 23 August 1939, seeks to turn spotlight on west’s behaviour in 1930s
Above: Stalin, Molotov and Ribbentrop in happier times.