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The book, The Red Army and the Wehrmacht, shows how the Soviets militarized Germany from 1922-1933 and paved the way for National Socialism in Germany. Authored by Yuri Dyakov and Tatyana Bushuyeva with material from the secret archives of the former Soviet Union, the book consists primarily of translated intelligence reports, diplomatic communiqués, and transcripts of meetings and negotiations.

It includes some fascinating information if you have the patience. For example, here are some excerpts from an intercepted report of the American ambassador to Germany, William Dodd, to the “United States Foreign Minister.” The report is dated March 8, 1933 and labeled Top Secret.

. . . there should be not the slightest misgiving with regard to the Russian-German relations. Mutual economic interests of these countries are a stronger tie than various differences of opinion on the home policy. Germany has to preserve its relations with Russia as long as its own interests are endangered by friendship between France and Poland. Russia, on its part, agrees to wait till the downfall of Hitler, seeing in the German communist movement a successor to his power. Meanwhile, the secret Soviet-German pact, under which a certain number of aircraft and armament factories have been built in the USSR under German control, remains in force, and neither the Hitler government nor the Soviets are willing to annul it . . . (Dodd then goes on to discuss the situation in Europe)

We may conclude that Danzig will cease to exist as a free state. The leaders of the League of Nations will have to find another, more satisfactory solution to the corridor problem before Europe is involved in another war, with its terrible devastations and losses of human lives and resources for an insignificant reason. Now that the USA has finally decided to take an active part in the solution of major European problems to ensure universal peace, Danzig and Memel should not be lost sight of.

CSASA.F.33987. Op. 3. F. 504. Sh. 63-77.

Despite being a political appointee, Dodd had some remarkable insights into the true dynamics of pre-WWII Europe. However, there are some disturbing revelations about him from newly discovered documents:


Profound cowardice on the part of many world leaders made them only too willing to sacrifice the Jews, the Czechs, or anyone else for the sake of immediate political comforts and expediences.


Sadly, not much has changed since then.

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