A Soviet-Nazi Alliance - The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1939 Part 2 of 3

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A Soviet-Nazi Alliance - The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1939 Part 2 of 3 5

In 1939, two bitter rivals sign a non-aggression pact. But the treaty is something more than just a simple pledge of neutrality. Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union have also secretly agreed on how they will carve up Eastern Europe between them.

Hosted by: Indy Neidell
Written by: Francis van Berkel
Directed by: Spartacus Olsson and Astrid Deinhard
Executive Producers: Bodo Rittenauer, Astrid Deinhard, Indy Neidell, Spartacus Olsson
Creative Producer: Joram Appel
Post-Production Director: Wieke Kapteijns
Research by: Francis van Berkel
Edited by: Daniel Weiss
Sound design: Marek Kamiński

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If you didn't think this topic is controversial enough already, we have an even more contentious question for you: Is the Soviet Union basically an Axis Power between 1939 and 1941?

Technically the answer is a definite "no" because the USSR will never sign the Tripartite Pact, but it's still worth thinking about. The USSR and Nazi Germany will cultivate a pretty productive relationship after they sign the Non-Aggression Treaty, not only prompting a joint occupation of Poland but also allowing Hitler to invade Western Europe without having to worry about his eastern borders. So when you look at it like that, the USSR directly supported the Nazi war machine. On the other hand, it is probably a bit of a leap to blame the USSR for Nazi expansionism, and Stalin is forced by circumstances to enter into the Pact. The USSR is not ready to fight a war at this point, and the treaty buys not only time but also space, creating a virtual buffer zone between Germany and the Motherland in the form of Poland. Cynical and calculated, yes, but that's diplomacy for you. Stalin will obviously offer a very extreme interpretation of this second argument after the war, casting Soviet actions as a necessary defensive measure against the imperialism of the Western Powers and their supposed encouragement of Nazi Germany. Stalinist myth-making aside, the argument that defensive considerations is a significant factor in the Soviets signing of the Pact does have some merit.

This question is more than just an academic exercise. The USSR rightfully gets credit for bearing the brunt of the Nazi onslaught, but would we think differently about it as an Allied power if we also understood as a former Axis power? Let us know what you think below. Stay safe out there.

Cheers, Francis.

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Author — TimeGhost History


No guys, don’t worry, it’s an April Fools! Poland will never get invaded!

Author — Past Life


“A toast to our new Bolshevik friends”.

Author — Canadian Libertarian


If this guy had been my history teacher in school, you wouldn’t have been able to get me out of the class room.

Author — ddoyle11


Nazis × soviets.
One of the weirdest ships to become canon.

Author — ??? ¿¿¿


Haha, that's a funny April Fools Joke, they would never form an alliance ;-)

Author — Victor Bruant


Oh my, Astrid. Yes. This is a King among ties. All the anticipation was well worth it. 5/5

Author — Gianni Verschueren


Isn't it beautiful when former enemies set aside their differences, make peace and decide to work together for a common goal?

Author — Valdagast


I don't get how you guys in the TimeGhost History team make these topics so thrilling that one is kept on edge and wonder just what happens next, despite the fact that we today already know where it it going.

Author — VEEAXIS


The premise of your show is the main draw for me, everyone knows what happens. But it is fascinating to look at it through the lens of the moment when they didn't. Can't get enough.

Author — Kris Frederick


Rippentrop - We promise not to invade our Soviet friends.
Also Rippentrop two years later - Did you remember what day it was? ;3

Author — Forspan!


Surely none of them will try to betray that pact, right ?

Author — Duke of Lorraine


Ultimately few years later the Western powers gave Stalin all he initially wanted and much more...

Author — Mateusz Cetnar


Germany:Hey Poland, prepare for trouble!
Soviets:Make it double!

Author — PinkStar


2:33 "Sinister Collaboration"

Yep, me whenever I decided to play HOI4 as Nazi Germany for once, do the same thing as historical, but formed the Berlin-Moscow Axis

Author — Juan Matteo


I kind of what became of the hapless Comrade Myski.

Author — AnimeOtaku2


I have decided to DESTROY the Like Button.

Author — Patrick Éle


Question: How much territory did Poland actually annex when Czechoslovakia was invaded by Hitler following the Munich Agreement?

Author — Anders Hansson


So excited to watch the last episode. Can't guess what it's going to be about 👀

Author — José Roberto Moreno Sáchez


Great episode! Although part of me thinks that, especially considering how hotly this topic is debated by some, maybe it would be better to not release it on April 1?
Anyway, it's great to see this series nearly reaching it's completion.

Author — Artur M.