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Hitler-Stalin Pact/Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939

The Hitler-Stalin Pact is also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, since the Soviet Foreign Minister of the time was Molotov, and the German Foreign Minister assigned for the negotiations was Von Ribbentrop.

It was signed in Moscow August 23-24, 1939 and was, on paper, an agreement between German and Russia to renounce war and plead neutrality. This pact remained in effect until June 22, 1941 when Germany invaded Russia in the famous Operation Barbarossa. Explain why the pact was ironic.

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The Hitler-Stalin Pact is also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, since the Soviet Foreign Minister of the time was Molotov, and the German Foreign Minister assigned for the negotiations was Von Ribbentrop.

It was signed in Moscow August 23-24, 1939 and was, on paper, an agreement between German and Russia to renounce war and plead neutrality. This pact remained in effect until June 22, 1941 when Germany invaded Russia in the famous Operation Barbarossa.

There are several things to keep in mind regarding this pact, from both sides point of view.

From the Russian Point of View:

1. At the Time (late 1930s) Stalin had purged most of his high-ranking military and political leaders for ostensibly being disloyal. As he tightened his own control over the increasingly repressive USSR, he decimated his military and knew he needed time to rebuild prior to entering a war with Germany.

2. It is likely Stalin was aware that Hitler had aggressive designs on Europe, but again, Germany was more ...

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The solution explains in detail the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939 , also known as the Hitler-Stalin pact between Russia and Germany, renouncing war and pleading neutrality. Included are views from the Soviet and German perspective and why the pact was, in and of itself, ironic.

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