Reading historical speeches is an interesting exercise. Often times we learn history through second or third parties, usually with their own bias involved in the retelling. Primary source documents are straight from the horses mouth, so to speak. It is important especially for students to be exposed to these firsthand accounts so that they realize how accessible history truly is.
This speech, given by Vyacheslav Molotov on June 22, 1941, was a reaction to the unexpected Nazi attack. The background to the story of course is that the Non-Aggression Pact signed between the two nations in 1939 was merely a convenient stalling tactic for Hitler to avoid a two front war and Stalin to be more readily prepared to fight. Neither nation expected to remain allies, as they both had their sights on the same territory, aside from being bitter enemies for other reasons as well.
In researching for our WWII PowerPoint, we came across a few gems which will be our theme for the next couple of days.