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The devil’s pact


23/08/1939

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Devil's alliance

Seventy-seven years ago, on 23 August 1939, Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia stunned the world by announcing that they had concluded a non-aggression pact, committing themselves not to aid each other’s enemies or to engage in hostile acts against one another.

Germna-Soviet Pact 1939

Document ( German text)

The shock would have been all the greater had people been aware of the secret clauses of the pact, with subsequent addenda, in which the two states agreed to partition Poland between them – Germany taking the larger part – while Hitler conceded that the independent Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Finland and parts of Romania would fall into the Soviet sphere of influence.

Stalin determined that Britain and France could not be trusted to stand up to Hitler and that the Soviet state needed to buy time to prepare for war against the Nazis. The unwillingness of the French and British to fulfil their treaty obligations to Poland became obvious before the start of WWII, thus emboldening Hitler. For instance, the British communicated to the Germans a lack of seriousness when they refused to sell an appreciable amount of arms to Poland.

Just over a week later, Hitler invaded Poland, his armies brushing aside the brave but ill-equipped Polish army, while shortly afterwards the Red Army marched into the eastern part of the country. In 1940, Stalin’s troops marched into the Baltic states. His attack on Finland was initially repulsed in the “Winter War”, but numbers told in the end, and an uneasy peace was reached, marked by Soviet annexations of Finnish territory in the east of the country. Further south, the Soviets seized Bessarabia and northern Bukovina from the Romanians.

These events are hardly “largely unknown”, as Roger Moorhouse claims in his book, The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941, nor are they “dismissed as a dubious anomaly” in the standard histories of the second world war.

And alliance indeed it was. The pact allowed Hitler to attack Poland thus precipitating the beginning of WWII without worrying about Soviet response. Indeed, the two totalitarian powers had already agreed how they would divide Poland in the event of a Nazi assault (the third time that Poland was divided between Germany and Russia) and followed through on that agreement immediately.

For Hitler, the pact provided a guarantee that he could invade first Poland, then France and most of the rest of western Europe, without having to worry about any threat from the east. For Stalin, it allowed a breathing space in which to build up armed forces that had been severely damaged by the purges of the previous years, as his botched invasion of Finland showed. It also gave him the chance to expand the Soviet Union to include parts of the old Russian empire of pre-revolutionary times. The pact eventually extended to the economic sphere, with Germany providing military equipment in exchange for raw materials such as oil, grain, iron and phosphates.

If the pact allowed Stalin to visit his murderous policies on the Baltic states, it also permitted Hitler to do the same with the much larger and more heavily populated countries he invaded in western Europe at the same time, and even more so in the areas of southern Europe he conquered early in 1941.

The Poles thought that the appearance of Red army soldiers would be to defend them. It was even worse than they could have imagined. Elite Polish officers in large numbers were summarily executed by the Russians and the incident hidden and/or denied for decades; a large part of the Polish population was then deported into the far eastern regions of the Soviet Union never to be seen again ( some of their descendants might still be “living” there.) Large numbers of Polish population of these newly acquired territories were rapidly deported to distant Eastern Soviet land and disappeared forever. Meanwhile, Hitler grabbed what he could of Central and Eastern Europe as a prelude to his assault on Western Europe.

While some of what Stalin said or believed just before all hell broke loose in Europe is still debated, there is no doubt that there was always the intent to expand the borders of the Soviet Union. Years later, after WWII was over, Molotov admitted as much. In retrospect, the inability of Poland to come to terms with Hitler over the question of the free city of Danzig, the Polish Corridor, and other matters as well as the Soviet Union’s rapacious appetite for more territory and its desire to see the world wide expansion of Communism paved the way for the NS pact.

The Hitler/Stalin pact was perhaps the strangest pairing in history. Ideological arch enemies, they shared a contempt for democracy and a violent megalomania that made them brothers under their political skins. But while their cynicism made their marriage possible, it also ensured they would betray each other when convenience dictated.

The aim of the Nazis in concluding the treaty has been clear.

Although Hitler and Stalin despised each other’s “system”, and were pretty much equally distrustful of anyone- particularly each other, the Ribbentrop/Molotov pact served some important purposes for each party. Even though neither expected this to last, it bought time and possible economic opportunity. It assured Hitler that his days-away invasion of Poland would not be challenged by the Soviets- particularly as they were cut in on the deal to split Poland between themselves. It gave Hitler access to some of the vast natural resources of the Soviet Union necessary for a country at war. It also offered Stalin potential access to German technology necessary to build the defensive military force he knew he needed once the pact ended.

The Nazi’s & Communists used each other for their ill-gotten gains.

Poland, Finland, the Baltic countries all paid for this treachery. Mass murders, deportations, massive destruction of villages and towns, ethnic cleansing, rape, pillage, are just some of the highlights perpetrated by both sides on these poor nations and peoples caught between the two totalitarian monsters.

Revisionists are fond of pointing out that, without the Red Army, the western allies would never have defeated Germany in 1945. The theory overlooks an equally sobering fact: without the Red Army, it’s likely that Germany would never have gone to war in the first place, thus sparing the world some 60 million early deaths and thrice that number wounded, raped, and exiled.

The Second World War in Europe lasted 69 months. For 22 of those months — nearly a third of the war! — Russia was on the side of the aggressor, and arguably the war would never have happened if it hadn’t been so eager to grab half of Poland in September 1939. That’s a fact too often overlooked by Stalin’s apologists in the west.

 

Forgotten holocaust of Polish gentiles

May the perpetrators rot in hell !

 

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