Foreign News: Prelude to Munich, 1941

By last week it was clear, on evidence from several sources, that Adolf Hitler presented no direct demands to Joseph Stalin before his invasion of Russia. On the contrary, while Stalin waited for demands the German Army made ready. When it was ready it marched. Germany had wanted war. Why?

Not to get the resources of Russia for wartime use; war would further disorganize Russia's badly organized productive capacity. Not, as Hitler claimed, to keep Russia from attacking Germany; Hitler knew that Russia would not dare to attack Germany. Germany attacked Russia partly to win anti-Communist support all over the world, more...

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