An overheard conversation between top Nazis Goering (front left) and von Ribbentrop (front, second from right) set off the chain of events revealing to the public the existence of the Hitler-Stalin Pact's "secret protocol," which included evidence of Soviet war crimes committed in tandem with the Nazis. The Allies suppressed the document at the Nuremberg trials.
---Today is the 75th anniverary of the non-aggression pact between the Hitler and Stalin, the latter becoming (after Hitler attacked Stalin on June 22, 1941) the member of the "Big Three" known as "Uncle Joe." In the commemorative essays discussing the twin dictators' earlier alliance of August 23, 1939, which would be followed by Hitler and Stalin's conquest of Poland the following month, the pact's secret protocol that divided the nations of central and Eastern Europe between them is also mentioned. I have yet to see, however, any discussion of how that secret protocol became known to the public.
That disturbing story of near-suppression takes us past the war to the trials of the Nazi high command in Nuremberg -- widely hailed the model of international justice. But what a morally rotten exercise it was, as war criminals (Soviets) sat in judgment of war criminals (Nazis) while war crimes (British and US) were occurring all around (Operation Keelhaul, the little known British-US-enabled "repatriation" from the West of millions of Soviet-claimed persons to death/the Gulag, was in full swing).....To Read More.....
My Take - I bought and read "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character" last year and recommended it to all my friends and associates saying - "If you don't read any other book this year, please read this one!" Almost immediately after that she and her book came under attack from historian and former Marxist Ronald Rodash, calling her work "yellow journalism conspiracy theory", and while those who shared his views on Harry Hopkins jumped in to defend him, Vladimir Bukovsky, a Soviet dissident describes Radosh's review as dishonest and full of distortions.
Time has been on Diana West's side.
I still say that if you plan on reading anything over the winter please read, "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character". You may wish to read the whole story regarding the Rodash/Horowitz attack on Diana West and her book - it gets complicated, but eventually many credible people came to her defense.
Although Rodash now lays claim to being a conservative, I have been following him for years and I have developed some misgivings about his views, and about David Horowitz's (another ex-Marxist) integrity - since he first promoted West's book (that's how I found it) and then turned on her - seemingly based on his realtionship with Rodash. I'm not sure you can really trust old lefties. They kind of remind me of old alcoholics or drug addicts - they always seem to have some residual contamination.