June 22, 1941 in Berlin

Today, on June 22, on this day of memory and grief, I would like once again to raise the issue about which I wrote exactly three years ago – in June 2012. Since then, the tragedy of Donbass made us perceive the outbreak of war in 1941 more acutely. What did not change are the facts of the origins of the tragedy in 1941.

The tragedy of June 1941 has been thoroughly investigated, and the more it is studied, the more questions remain.

Today I want to let an eyewitness relate the events.

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Valentin Berezhkov

His name is Valentin Berezhkov. He worked as a translator. He translated for Stalin, among many others. He left great memoirs.

On June 22, 1941 Valentin Berezhkov was in Berlin. His recollections of the day are invaluable.

We are being told all the time that Stalin was afraid of Hitler, and because of the fear he did nothing to prepare for the war. Another lie which has become common “knowledge” is that everyone in our leadership, including Stalin, was confused and scared when the war began.

And here’s how it happened in reality. As Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Third Reich, Joachim von Ribbentrop, declared the USSR war: Continue reading