PROPAGANDA: For the Record

Much of the unlovely story had been told before,† but last week, for the first time, the U.S. State Department published the record in full: 357 pages of captured German documents describing the course of Stalin's deals with Hitler. Some memorable landmarks:

¶ In August 1939, after the signing of the Non-Aggression Pact which freed Hitler for his war against the West, Stalin toasted Adolf Hitler: "I know how much the German nation loves its Führer; I should therefore like to drink to his health."

¶ A secret protocol tothe Nazi-Soviet pact divvied up Poland and split the Baltic...

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