Cover Osteuropa 7-8/2009

In Osteuropa 7-8/2009

Hitler Means War
Germany and the Hitler-Stalin Pact

Jürgen Zarusky

Deutsche Fassung


The Hitler-Stalin pact is rightly considered the classic example of totalitarian foreign policy. In the imperialist cooperation between the National Socialist and Stalinist regimes, different intentions and dynamics came together. Hitler stuck to his “Lebensraum” project in the Soviet east. The pact with Stalin in 1939 met Hitler’s needs halfway, but it was only a tactical layover.

(Osteuropa 7-8/2009, pp. 97–114)