On this day: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union establish a secret non-aggression treaty. (August 23rd 1939)
Gathered around a table, under the watchful eye of Joseph Stalin, the foreign ministers of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov, placed their signatures on a secret document outlining the intentions the two powers had over European ‘spheres of interest’. Territorial agreements would decide the future of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Romania.
The two forces of National buy metformin 850 mg usa Socialism and Soviet Bolshevism were now aligned, having only just fought against each de-facto, aiding opposing sides in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). As Russian revolutionary writer and exile Victor Serge would assert, the “midnight of the century” had arrived.
Nine days later, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, soon followed by the advance of Soviet forces – by October 6th 1939 the dismemberment of the entire Second Polish Republic was complete.
The ‘Molotov-Ribbentrop pact’ would remain in force until two years later, with the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union – ‘Operation Barbarossa’