VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

23 August 2015

Although many people do know, it is still not common knowledge that August 23rd, the anniversary date of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, has been declared by the European Parliament as the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarianism. As in previous years, on August 23rd, 2015, a commemoration was held at the Gloria Victis memorial in Csömör, which is the world’s first memorial dedicated to the victims of communism.

Following the singing of the Hungarian national anthem, Sándor Mátyás, the President of the Board of Trustees for the Gloria Victis Foundation, read excerpts from John Lukács’s book June 1941: Hitler and Stalin. These highlighted sections made clear that although the German-Soviet agreement bears the names of the two respective foreign ministers at the time, essentially it had been a pact between Hitler and Stalin, between National Socialism and Bolshevism, one that superseded ideological differences in favor of geopolitical interests.

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