Friday, September 28, 2012

On September 28

On this day in ...
... 1939, in Moscow, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov, Foreign Ministers of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, respectively, signed the German-Soviet Boundary and Friendship Treaty in the wake of the 2 countries' joint invasion of Poland. The secret pact established each country's zones of influence, not only in Poland (left), but also in Lithuania. Six years later, at the end of World War II, Allies including, by then, the Soviet Union, would place von Ribbentrop in the prisoner's dock, as a defendant in the Trial of the Major War Criminals at Nuremberg. He would be convicted on all 4 counts and executed in 1946.

(Prior September 28 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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