Falsifiers of History
1 Background on Nazi–Soviet Relations documents 2 Publication 3 Themes and issues 4 Importance 5 Contents
5.1 Chapters and sections
5.2 Statements responding to then
6 Notes 7 References 8 External links
Background on Nazi–Soviet Relations documents
In 1948, the U.S. State Department published a collection of documents
titled Nazi–Soviet Relations, 1939–1941: Documents from the
Archives of The German Foreign Office, which contained documents
recovered from the Foreign Office of Nazi Germany. The
collection included documents from, and about conversations with,
Soviet officials during negotiations regarding the
Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, a 1939 agreement between the Soviet Union
and Germany, along with the related 1939 German–Soviet Commercial
Agreement. It also included publication of the "Secret
Additional Protocol" of that Pact, which divided eastern Europe
into "spheres of influence" between Germany and the Soviet Union,
executed weeks before each country's subsequent invasion of Poland.
The collection further contained "Secret Supplementary Protocols" to
agreements between the countries, discussions regarding the 1940
German–Soviet Commercial Agreement, discussions of the Soviet
Union potentially becoming an Axis Power and other
German–Soviet negotiations and discussions.
Falsifiers was published in response to the documents made public in
Documents Captured in Germany A Distorted Picture of Events
Chapter 1: How Preparation for German Aggression Was Commenced
Dawes Reparation Plan
A Share In The Profits
The Golden Rain Of American Dollars
Factors Which Helped To Unleash Hitler Aggression
Chapter 2: Not a Struggle Against German Aggression, But A Policy Of Isolating the U.S.S.R.
Hitler-Halifax Conversation Hitler's Annexationist Actions Were Encouraged The Soviet Union's Warning The Munich Deal The True Meaning Of Munich Handing Over Czechoslovakia to Hitler "Uniting Europe Without Russia"
Chapter 3: Isolation of the Soviet Union: The Soviet–German Non-Aggression Pact
Negotiations Between Britain and France And The Soviet Union A Position of Inequality For The USSR No Obligations Whatever Towards the USSR The Soviet Proposal Spurring Hitler To Attack the U.S.S.R Military Negotiation Also Futile Britain's Back-Stage Negotiation With Germany Surrender of Poland To Hitler U.S.S.R.'s Non-Aggression Pact With Germany The Best Possible Course
Chapter 4: Creation of the "Eastern Front". Germany's Attack on the U.S.S.R., The Anti-Hitler Coalition And The Question of Inter-Allied Obligations
Creation Of The Eastern Front Finnish Government Declines Soviet Union's Friendly Proposal Safeguarding Security of Leningrad, Murmansk Britain and France Supply Finland With Arms A Plan For Military Operations Against the U.S.S.R. A Turn In the Development Of The War Fiasco of Policy of Appeasement Germany Attacks the U.S.S.R. The Anti-Hitler Coalition What Actually Happened in Berlin! Sounding The Position Of The Hitler Government Negotiations Between U.S.A. and Germany in 1943 Postponing the Opening of the Second Front U.S.S.R.'s Assistance To Its Ally J. V. Stalin's Message to Winston Churchill On Preparation of Offensive A Blow of Unparalleled Force
Statements responding to then
On Nazi–Soviet Relations
Thus, no doubt is left as to the true purpose for which the collection
of documents on the relations between the U.S.S.R. and Germany in the
period 1939–1941 was published in the U.S.A. This was not done for
the purpose of giving an objective exposition of historical events,
but in order to present a distorted picture of events, to heap lies on
the Soviet Union, to slander it and to undermine the international
influence of the
Introduction, Page 6
On Nazi–Soviet Relations The attack on the progressive elements inside the U.S.A. is undoubtedly aimed at undermining their influence in view of the Presidential elections to be held in the autumn of 1948.
Introduction, Page 7
On Nazi–Soviet Relations The American falsifiers and their British and French associates are trying to create the impression that the preparations for German aggression which developed into the Second World War were begun in the autumn of 1939.
Chapter 1, Page 9
Chapter 1, Page 15
On Maxim Litvinov In order to confuse the reader and at the same time to slander the Soviet Government, Neal Stanford, the American journalist, asserts that the Soviet government was opposed to collective security, that M. M. Lltvinov was dismissed and replaced by V. M. Molotov in the post of Peoples Commissar of Foreign Affairs because he had been pursuing a policy of consolidating collective. security. One could hardly imagine anything more stupid than this fantastic assertion.
Chapter 1, Page 16
As far back as in 1937 it became perfectly clear that a big war was being hatched by Hitler with the direct connivance of Great Britain and France.
Chapter 2, Page 19
On the Munich Agreement
The true meaning of the Munich conspiracy was then and there exposed
by J. V. Stalin, who said that " ... districts of Czechoslovakia were
yielded to Germany as the price of undertaking to launch war on the
Chapter 2, Page 27
On the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact It would be gross slander to assert that the conclusion of the Pact with the Hitlerites was part of the plan of the U.S.S.R.'s foreign policy.
Chapter 3, Page 44
On the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact The claptrap of the slanderers of all hues to the effect that the U.S.S.R. should in no case have allowed itself to conclude the Pact with the Germans can only be regarded as ridiculous.
Chapter 3, Page 45
On the Winter War There could hardly be any doubt that the leading circles of Finland were in league with the Hitlerites, that they wanted to turn Finland into a springboard for Hitler Germany's attack on the U.S.S.R.
Chapter 4, Page 48
On the Winter War It should be noted that although by their whole policy with regard to the U.S.S.R. the Finnish ruling circles played into the hands of Hitler Germany, the Anglo–French bosses of the League of Nations immediately took the side of the Finnish Government, declared through the League of Nations that the U.S.S.R. was "the aggressor," and thereby openly approved and supported the war which the Finnish rulers started against the Soviet Union.
Chapter 4, Page 50
On the Winter War In the war which the Finnish reactionaries started against the Soviet Union, Britain and France rendered the Finnish militarists every kind of assistance. The Anglo–French ruling circles kept inciting the Finnish Government to continue hostilities.
Chapter 4, Page 50
On the Occupation of the Baltic states Pacts had been concluded with the Baltic States, but there were as yet no Soviet troops there capable of holding' the defenses.
Chapter 4, Page 52
On the Occupation of the Baltic states Only enemies of democracy or people who had lost their senses could describe those actions of the Soviet Government as aggression.
Chapter 4, Page 54
On Soviet negotiations to become an Axis Power As can be seen, this was a case of sounding out, of probing the position of the Hitler Government by the Soviet Government, which did not and could not end in any sort of agreement. Is it permissible for peace-loving States to practice such sounding of the enemy's position? Unquestionably it is.
Chapter 4, Page 58
During the past war the
Chapter 4, Page 62
On Nazi–Soviet Relations Naturally, the falsifiers of history and slanderers are called falsifiers and slanderers precisely because they do not entertain any respect for facts. They prefer to gossip and slander.
Chapter 4, Page 65
^ a b c Henig 2005, p. 67 ^ Department of State 1948, p. preface ^ a b c d e f g h i j Roberts 2002, p. 97 ^ Department of State 1948, pp. 32–77 ^ Department of State 1948, p. 78 ^ Text of the Nazi–Soviet Non-Aggression Pact ^ Department of State 1948, pp. 101–109 ^ Department of State 1948, pp. 131–134 ^ Churchill 1953, pp. 512–524 ^ Department of State 1948, pp. 226–234 ^ Department of State 1948, pp. 80–358 ^ a b Roberts 2002, p. 96 ^ a b Roberts 2002, p. 98 ^ a b c Roberts 2002, p. 100 ^ Taubert 2003, p. 318 ^ a b Nekrich, Ulam & Freeze 1997, pp. 202–205 ^ Nekrich, Ulam & Freeze 1997, p. 203 ^ Geoffrey Roberts "Stalin's wars: from World War to Cold War, 1939-1953" Yale University Press, 2006, ISBN 0-300-11204-1, ISBN 978-0-300-11204-7, p. 57-59. ^ Roberts 2002, p. 99 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, pp. 1–65 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 6 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 7 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 9 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 15 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 16 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 19 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 27 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 44 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 45 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 48 ^ a b Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 50 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 52 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 54 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 58 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 62 ^ Soviet Information Bureau 1948, p. 65
Churchill, Winston (1953), The Second World War, Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, ISBN 0-395-41056-8
Henig, Ruth Beatrice (2005), The Origins of the Second World War,
1933–41, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-33262-1
Nekrich, Aleksandr Moiseevich; Ulam, Adam Bruno; Freeze, Gregory L.
(1997), Pariahs, Partners, Predators: German–Soviet Relations,
1922–1941, Columbia University Press, ISBN 0-231-10676-9
Roberts, Geoffrey (2002), Stalin, the Pact with Nazi Germany, and the
Origins of Postwar Soviet Diplomatic Historiography, 4 (4)
Soviet Information Bureau (1948),
Falsifiers of History
Falsificators of history, an historical note; text of communique issued February, 1948 - page images of the original pamphlet issued by the Soviet embassy in Washington.
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History and politics
Early life Russian Revolution, Russian Civil War, Polish-Soviet War Rise Rule as Soviet leader Cult of personality
August Uprising Anti-religious campaign (1921–1928)/(1928–1941) Collectivization
Chinese Civil War
First five-year plan
Sino-Soviet conflict (1929)
16th / 17th Congress of the All-Union Communist Party
1931 Menshevik Trial
Spanish Civil War
Soviet invasion of Xinjiang
Soviet–Japanese border conflicts
1937 Islamic rebellion in Xinjiang
Stalinism Neo-Stalinism Korenizatsiya Socialism in One Country Great Break Socialist realism Stalinist architecture Aggravation of class struggle under socialism Five-year plans Great Construction Projects of Communism Engineers of the human soul 1936 Soviet Constitution New Soviet man Stakhanovite Transformation of nature
National delimitation in the Soviet Union Demolition of Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Great Purge Holodomor Gulag Decossackization Dekulakization Population transfer (Nazi–Soviet) Forced settlement Great Break Tax on trees Hitler Youth Conspiracy Hotel Lux Wittorf affair Soviet war crimes Rootless cosmopolitan Night of the Murdered Poets Doctors' plot Moscow Trials Case of Trotskyist Anti-Soviet Military Organization Allegations of antisemitism NKVD prisoner massacres Murder of Sergey Kirov Katyń massacre Medvedev Forest massacre 1937 Soviet Census Deportations (Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina Koreans) Operation "North" Georgian Affair Mingrelian Affair Leningrad Affair Relationship with Shostakovich Lysenkoism Japhetic theory Suppressed research in the Soviet Union Censorship of images Operation "Lentil" in the Caucasus Operation "Priboi" Vinnytsia massacre Kurapaty 1946–1947 Soviet famine Nazino affair 1941 Red Army purge 1906 Bolshevik raid on the Tsarevich Giorgi 1907 Tiflis bank robbery Soviet offensive plans controversy
"Marxism and the National Question"
"The Principles of Leninism"
"Declaration of the Rights of the Peoples of Russia"
"Ten Blows" speech
Alleged 19 August 1939 speech
Falsifiers of History
The History of the Communist Party of the
20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Pospelov Commission Rehabilitation Khrushchev Thaw On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences Gomulka thaw (Polish October) Soviet Nonconformist Art Shvernik Commission 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Era of Stagnation
Criticism and opposition
Stalin Epigram Lenin's Testament Ryutin Affair Anti-Stalinist left Trotskyism True Communists Russian Liberation Movement (Russian Liberation Army Russian Corps) Ukrainian Liberation Army Darkness at Noon Animal Farm Nineteen Eighty-Four Comparison of Nazism and Stalinism The Soviet Story
How the Steel Was Tempered
Friends of the Soviet Union
Iosif Stalin tank
Iosif Stalin locomotive
Generalissimus of the Soviet Union
1956 Georgian demonstrations
Stalin Monument in Budapest
Stalin Monument in Prague
Ioseb Iremashvili Kamo (Bolshevik) Kliment Voroshilov Vyacheslav Molotov Lazar Kaganovich Grigory Ordzhonikidze Anastas Mikoyan
Tiflis Spiritual Seminary Kuntsevo Dacha Mayakovskaya (Moscow Metro) Sochi Dacha Blizhnyaya Dacha
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Nazi–Soviet relations before 1941
Anti-Comintern Pact "Jewish Bolshevism" Spanish Civil War German occupation of Czechoslovakia
Relations before 1941 Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
Boundary and Friendship Treaty Population transfers Axis talks Gestapo–NKVD Conferences
Economic relations Commercial Agreement (1939) Commercial Agreement (1940) Border and Commercial Agreement (1941)
Invasion of Poland Soviet invasion of Poland Occupation of the Baltic states Winter War Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina Naval cruiser Lützow Soviet offensive plans controversy Basis Nord Komet Northern Sea Route Raid German–Soviet military parade in Brest-Litovsk