Dr Paul Maddrell delivers lecture on 23 August 1939: The Nazi-Soviet Pact and Mass Killing in Eastern Europe

On 23 August 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union concluded a non-aggression pact, enabling Adolf Hitler to wage war on Poland without fear of a war with the Soviet Union. Both armies invaded Poland in September 1939 and by doing so, made the Holocaust possible.

Dr Paul Maddrell, a Lecturer in International History and International Relations at Loughborough University, gave the lecture as part of the University’s events to mark the day.

The day is recognised annually across the world to remember the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust, as well as the millions of other people killed from 1933 to 1945 in the Nazis' persecutions and in genocides across the world since. ‌

The lecture demonstrates that the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin was a mass killer; and shows that the Soviet conquest of Eastern Poland led to mass killings on the part of Stalin’s regime which formed part of the huge death toll it exacted as it sought to impose a Communist society in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Holocaust Memorial Day lecture 2022 - Dr Paul Maddrell

Please follow this link to access the lecture online.