Monday, May 10, 2010

Stalin's Victory Speech at the end of war

This speech is worth reading to see how Stalin congratulates all on the victory over Nazi fascism.
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Victory Speech of J V Stalin
Broadcast from Moscow at 20 00 hours (Moscow time) on May 9, 1945

Comrades! Men and women compatriots!
The great day of victory over Germany has come Fascist Germany, forced to her knees by the Red Army and the troops of our Allies, has acknowledged herself defeated and declared unconditional surrender
On May 7 the preliminary protocol on surrender was signed in the city of Rheims On May 8 representatives of the German High Command, in the presence of representatives of the Supreme Command of the Allied troops and the Supreme Command of the Soviet Troops, signed in Berlin the final act of surrender, the execution of which began at 24 00 hours on May 8
Being aware of the wolfish habits of the German ringleaders, who regard treaties and agreements as empty scraps of paper, we have no reason to trust their words However, this morning, in pursuance of the act of surrender, the German troops began to lay down their arms and surrender to our troops en masse This is no longer an empty scrap of paper This is actual surrender of Germany's armed forces True, one group of German troops in the area of Czechoslovakia is still evading surrender But I trust that the Red Army will be able to bring it to its senses
Now we can state with full justification that the historic day of the final defeat of Germany, the day of the great victory of our people over German imperialism has come
The great sacrifices we made in the name of the freedom and independence of our Motherland, the incalculable privations and sufferings experienced by our people in the course of the war, the intense work in the rear and at the front, placed on the altar of the Motherland, have not been in vain, and have been crowned by complete victory over the enemy The age-long struggle of the Slav peoples for their existence and their independence has ended in victory over the German invaders and German tyranny
Henceforth the great banner of the freedom of the peoples and peace among peoples will fly over Europe
Three years ago Hitler declared for all to hear that his aims included the dismemberment of the Soviet Union and the wresting from it of the Caucasus, the Ukraine, Byelorussia, the Baltic lands and other areas He declared bluntly: "We will destroy Russia so that she will never be able to rise again " This was three years ago However, Hitler's crazy ideas were not fated to come true-the progress of the war scattered them to the winds In actual fact the direct opposite of the Hitlerites' ravings has taken place Germany is utterly defeated The German troops are surrendering The Soviet Union is celebrating Victory, although it does not intend either to dismember or to destroy Germany
Comrades! The Great Patriotic War has ended in our complete victory The period of war in Europe is over The period of peaceful development has begun
I congratulate you upon victory, my dear men and women compatriots!
Glory to our heroic Red Army, which upheld the independence of our Motherland and won victory over the enemy!
Glory to our great people, the people victorious!
Eternal glory to the heroes who fell in the struggle against the enemy and gave their lives for the freedom and happiness of our people!
("Stalin's War Speeches, etc " p 135)

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