Disinfo: Reactionary circles of Western Europe had a deadly plan to inspire a war between Nazism and Bolshevism

Summary

Some reactionary circles of Western Europe had a deadly plan to inspire a war between Nazism and Bolshevism – in this war, they would have exhausted each other or Germany would have destroyed the USSR. This plan should have been realized using Czechoslovakia. It had a goal to focus the entire attention of Nazi Germany on Eastern and Central Europe, turning this region into an anti-Communist bastion, which would then be occupied for years. It was also possible that the reactionary circles of Western democracies could have directly supported Germany in its war with Russia. In this situation, Hungary and Poland would do everything to help Germany attack the Soviet Union.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by the statements that the USSR was forced to sign this pact; other European countries signed various international agreements with Adolf Hitler, Munich Agreement triggered WWII and various historical conspiracies saying that the Western democracies wanted to inspire a war between Nazism and Communism.

The Munich Agreement (September 30, 1938), indeed, permitted German annexation of the Sudetenland in western Czechoslovakia. The policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler was heavily criticised in Europe and proved to be a disastrous move. World War II began in Europe one year later, on 1 September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland.

The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a mutual decision of two totalitarian regimes (Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR) aimed at the division of Eastern and Central Europe between these two powers. It is a proven historical fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact enabled the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in the occupation of this country by Germany and USSR, triggering the beginning of WWII.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, UK, Russia, Germany, Poland
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, USSR, Historical revisionism, WWII, Adolf Hitler, The West, Joseph Stalin, Nazi/Fascist

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