Today In History- August 23

Today In History- August 23


Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

Germany and Soviet Union pledge non-aggression in ensuing global war.

  • Moscow, Russia

As a response to deteriorating European security and peace, on August 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union met in Moscow to sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.  The agreement was signed by the Soviet Union as a means of protection from Nazi Germany, as Germany sought to reclaim territory and prestige lost int he signing of the Versailles Treaty after World War One.  Unfortunately, many were dissatisfied with the efforts of the Soviet Union, especially with the stipulations of the agreement of divisions of several eastern European countries, that were later invaded or occupied with Germany or the Soviet Union.  Germany withdrew from this treaty with the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, becoming one of the most disastrous defeats for Adolf Hitler in World War Two.

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