Disinfo: The USSR was not in any way involved in the start of WWII

Summary

We can see a revision [of history] today, as the European Parliament passed a resolution claiming that USSR is responsible for the start of WWII just like Nazi Germany. However, the Nuremberg Tribunal showed who was really responsible.

The lessons of Nuremberg are forgotten because the US imagines itself to be the world’s police and an exceptional nation, which is in accordance with Hitler’s ideas about German superiority and predisposition to govern others.

The US does not want to point at Nuremberg because even though the main aggressors were Nazis, the West is also partly responsible for pushing Germany into the hands of the Soviet Union.

Disproof

Disinformation about World War II is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative, as can be seen here.

The USSR signed a non-aggression agreement with Nazi Germany on 23 August 1939, which is called the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. This pact included a secret protocol about the division of the “spheres of interest,” dividing Poland and the Baltic States between the two countries in the event of “territorial-political reorganization.”

This paved the way for the start of World War II, as is mentioned in the European Parliament resolution. It further states that the German invasion of Poland followed by the USSR, starting WWII, was “a direct consequence of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.” The resolution is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and condemnation of totalitarian ideologies. Other cases concerning this EP resolution can be found here, here or here.

Although it was not the main reason for the start of WWII, the Soviet Union played an important role in the beginning of WWII, says Sergey Radchenko, a historian, in an article for Foreign Policy. He further notes that it was the Russian president who, on a summit in 2019, “appeared to blame Poland for the outbreak of the war,” along with other untrue claims about WWII.

There is no evidence showing that any of the Western countries are questioning the decisions of the Nuremberg trials.

Similar cases about historical revisionism can be seen here or here. See also another debunked case about how Western democracies are primarily responsible for the Second World War.

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  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Czech
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: USSR, Germany, US
  • Keywords: Historical revisionism, WWII, Nazi/Fascist
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