The Day They Redrew Europe

Note:  This post was suppose to be on 23 August but I got side-tracked with the president’s speech in Phoenix that I let it slip my mind….sorry about that……a day late…..

History is the looking at facts and seeing how they could effect the future by studying the past.

78 years ago the countries of Germany and Russia came to a deal that would redraw the map of Europe…..the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact…..23Aug1939………

A world slipping ever closer toward war awoke on the morning of August 24, 1939 to the shocking news that Adolf Hitler’s Germany and Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union had signed a nonaggression pact.

Hitler was beaming when his foreign minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop, returned from Moscow with the agreements in hand.

“The name of party comrade von Ribbentrop, as [German] Reich foreign minister, will be forever associated with the political rise of the Germans and the German nation,” he declared.

Source: Molotov-Ribbentrop: The Night Stalin And Hitler Redrew The Map Of Europe

Just a few short days later…Germany invaded Poland to start World War 2.

Even 78 years later the legacy of that Pact still haunts Eastern Europe…..

Valentins Trojans remembers the marauding bands of Red Army soldiers going from farmhouse to farmhouse in his rural Latvia, looting watches, shoes, and clothing.

Harijs Ruks recalls being interrogated by a sadistic Soviet officer who kicked him brutally with steel-toed boots.

And Elza Burkite recollects how occupying Russian forces seized a young mother, whose son had vanished into the Latvian forests to join up with anti-Soviet partisans.

Source: Molotov-Ribbentrop: In Eastern Europe, Pact’s Bitter Legacy Remains

This Pact lead to the millions of deaths and the massive destruction of World War Two……

You would think after that war that civilization would have learned from their mistakes…..you would think then you would be wrong.

Class Dismissed!

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3 thoughts on “The Day They Redrew Europe

  1. Ah, poor Poland, drawn, re-drawn, and erased for centuries. Funny enough, dad was watching TCM yesterday (before Mrs. Miniver came on, which I couldn’t watch because I was busy, dammit), and they had a short about the London Blitz and the determination of the Londoners and their refusal to back down. I love seeing that. I mean, we in the U.S. joke about the Brits, but they’re freaking resilient. I told dad that they don’t get enough credit in WW2, and easily the top 3 most resilient civilian populations had to be the Brits, the Poles, and the Soviets. The Poles were double victims of Nazis and Soviets…awful.

    1. I have to agree of course. My Mum endured the worst of the bombing in London during the Blitz, and the flying bombs after that, living close to the docks. She was 15 years old when the war started (and already working full-time) and almost 21 when it ended. Think what most of us were doing when we were that age…
      Best wishes, Pete.

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