After the end of the bloodiest war in the history of humanity, a lot of myths arose and were turned into “facts” by the West and even some Russian elites.
Written by Viktor Stoilov exclusively for SouthFront; Edited by Yoana
On the 19th and 20th of May, an International Academic Conference named “Historic truth and lies – 75 years since the start of the Great Patriotic War” took place in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Academic figures from Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Moldova expressed their opinion on the interesting topic. However, the main guest was acad. Andrey Fursov who is one of the top 100 most influential people in the academic sphere in Russia. He read his report entitled “Plotters, instigators and winners of the Second World War.” He also pointed out the biggest lies about the war and how the West is trying to rewrite the history of the war.
[Author’s comment: In this article I’ll combine both Andrey Fursov’s and my opinion on this topic. I’ll state some of the biggest lies according to him and will further elaborate on them]
One of the biggest lies according to acad. Fursov is that the USSR and Stalin are to blame for the war and arguing with the meaning of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
Western critics usually blame the Soviet Union and Stalin for being allies and that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is the proof of it. If we have to be correct, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was the last pact of non-aggression signed by a big European country with Germany. Before the Soviet Union, both France and the British Empire had signed similar documents, but it seems as if nobody tends to remember (or doesn’t want to remember) what happened at the Munich Conference in September 1938. Other European countries have also signed such agreements.
The second big lie according to the academic is that Stalin was preparing to attack but Hitler surprised him and did it first.
The demonization of Stalin has reached levels which are making people say that he was worse than Hitler. This lie is just another argument for this. Stalin was definitely not preparing to launch an attack on Germany. To understand this, we have to look at the position of the USA at this moment. Roosevelt had repeatedly stated that the US will stand behind the country which defends itself. So, if the USSR had attacked, the US was going to be against them. At that time, the USA was holding 41% of the world’s military industry. Germany and the USSR were both at 14%. Britain had 10.2%, France- 4.2%, Italy and Japan- around 2.5% each. Stalin was no fool, he was never going to attack in these circumstances.
A question could arise here, “Why did Hitler attack, then?” Answering this question could answer why the Second World War took place at all. After the devastating defeat in WWI, Germany was completely destroyed. At that time the USA had big issues with the British Empire as well as vice versa. The USA wanted to eliminate the British Empire, while the Brits wanted to preserve themselves and also destroy Russia (at that time the Soviet Union). Both of these countries had interest in helping Germany and what happened was that both of them (but mainly the USA) sponsored Germany and the rise of Hitler. Germany had no money, they needed gold reserves. There were gold reserves in Austria, therefore Germany had to take Austria. However to wipe out the Soviet Union (as the Brits wanted) or the British Empire (as the US wanted) Germany needed military industrial complex. Czechoslovakia had the needed industry, in fact they were producing the best tanks and artillery at that time. Germany took Austria and then got Czechoslovakia at the Munich conference.
At the same time the Brits were backing Hitler and misled him into attacking the Soviet Union. Hitler knew well that Germany is not ready to defeat the Soviets. However, the British elites promised to help and had planned airstrikes against Baku and Grozny where the Soviet Union produced its oil. However, the airstrikes were canceled 10 days before the forces of the Third Reich attacked. Destroying the oil supplies would have given a strategic advantage to the Nazis. That’s not all. They also gave misleading intelligence information to Hitler, according to which the Soviet Union had only one line of defense, similar to those of the other European countries which Hitler had occupied easily with blitzkriegs. However, Marshal Zhukov had planned and placed three lines of defense which proved to be a key factor in the war.
We can conclude that the British elites at that time, in pure Anglo-Saxon’s fashion, outwit all of their rivals, including even the giant industrial power – the USA.
The 3rd big lie that Fursov points out is that Stalin didn’t know that Hitler was going to attack and he left his army vulnerable to the forces of the Nazi.
Stalin was told a million times that Hitler planned to attack and he even knew the exact date from as early as May. The early big loses of the Soviet army could be easily explained. For only two years, the Soviets were unable to build a good infrastructure on the border with Nazi Germany and were also outnumbered and the Nazis had more advanced hardware and more experienced troops. The German generals were masters of the blitzkriegs and had great success until they faced the next lines of defense which actually saved the Soviet Union.
Some sources would even claim that the Soviet army lost 5, even 10 times more soldiers than the Wehrmacht. That was impossible because the Soviet Union never had that many soldiers. In reality, the ratio was 1:1.3 in German favor. For every dead German soldier there were 1.3 dead Soviet ones.
4th and extremely important: Who are winners of the war?
Ever since the end of the war there were disagreements and propaganda on this topic. However, the propaganda got to another level after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Western media’s propaganda will try to make you believe that nobody won in the war, or that the US liberated Europe (this tendency has been confirmed by various polls which show that the young Europeans think that the US played the biggest role in defeating Hitler), and even that it wasn’t Stalin’s system that won, but the people in spite of Stalin and his totalitarian system.
Blatant lie after blatant lie. People without a system are just a crowd, a mod. Whether we like it or not, Stalin’s system prevailed over Hitler’s system and that’s the truth.
More and more lies are coming up as each day passes. The propaganda machines will never stop the war for the minds of the people, and sadly the situation is becoming worse and worse and with more and more attempts to rewrite the course of history.