Falsificators of History
Soviet Information Bureau, Moscow
(The Soviet Information Bureau (Sovinformburo) was created on the third
day of the war, on June 24, 1941, by a directive of the Soviet Council
of People’s Commissioners and the Central Committee of the Soviet
Communist Party “to bring into the limelight international events,
military developments, and day-to-day life through printed and broadcast
The Soviet press has published the following communique issued by the
Soviet Information Bureau, entitled "Falsificators of History (An
At the end of January, the State Department of the United States of
America, in collaboration with the British and French Foreign Offices,
published a collection of reports and various records from the diaries
of Hitlerite diplomatic officials, under the mysterious title:
"Nazi-Soviet Relations, 1939-1941."
As evident from the preface to this collection, as far back as the
summer of 1946 the Governments of the United States of America, Great
Britain and :France had already agreed to publish archive materials of
the German Foreign Office for 1918-1945, seized in Germany by American
and British military authorities. Noteworthy in this connection is the
fact that the published collection contains only material relating to
the period of 1939-1941, while material relating to the preceding years,
and in particular to the Munich period, has not been included by the
Department of State in the collection and thus has been concealed from
world public opinion. This action is certainly not accidental, but
pursues aims which have nothing to do with an objective and honest
treatment of historical truth.
In order to justify in some way before world public opinion the
unilateral publication of this collection of unverified and arbitrarily
chosen records made by Hitlerite officials, the British and American
press fabricated and circulated an explanation according to which "the
Russians rejected the proposal of the West to publish jointly a full
account of Nazi diplomacy." This statement of Anglo-American circles
does not correspond to the fact. The real facts are as follows:
In connection with reports which appeared in the foreign press during
the summer of 1945 to the effect that preparations for the publication
of documents captured in Germany had been initiated in England, the
Soviet Government approached the Government of Great Britain, insisting
on participation of Soviet experts in a joint study of the German
documents captured by Anglo-American troops. The Soviet Government held
that publication of such documents without common consent was
inadmissible and that at the same time it could not assume
responsibility for the publication of the documents without careful and
objective verification, for unless these elementary conditions were
observed, publication of the said material could only lead to the
worsening of relations between the member states of the anti-Hitlerite
The British Foreign Office, however, declined the Soviet proposal on the
grounds that the Soviet Government had prematurely raised the question
of exchanging copies of the captured Hitlerite documents.
It is also well known that on September 6, 1945, the American delegation
to the Political Directorate of the Control Council in Germany submitted
its draft directive on the handling of German archives and documents.
This draft provided for the institution of a uniform procedure for the
whole of Germany for collecting and keeping archives, and gave the right
of access to them to representatives of member states of the United
Nations. It also provided for the possibility of copying the documents
and publishing these copies. This proposal was examined at four meetings
of the Political Directorate, but its further examination was postponed
at the request of the British and Americans on the plea that they had no
instructions; subsequently, after the American representative had stated
that the Government of the United States of America was preparing a new
proposal, and had requested that the submitted draft be invalidated,
this question was withdrawn from the agenda of the Political
Thus, the allegation that the Soviet Government refused to take part in
preparing the publication of German archive materials is false.
Simultaneously with the publication of the above-mentioned collection, a
fresh campaign of unrestrained baiting and slander, as if at the wave of
a magic wand, swept the United States and countries dependent on it, in
connection with the non-aggression pact concluded between the USSR and
Germany in 1939, and allegedly directed against the Western Powers.
Thus the true purpose for which the collection of documents on relations
between the USSR and Germany in the period of 1939-1941 was published in
the United States of America evokes no doubt whatever. This was not done
for the purpose of giving an objective exposition of historical
developments, but in order to present a distorted picture of events, to
heap lies on the Soviet Union, to slander it, and to undermine the
international influence of the Soviet Union as a truly democratic and
staunch fighter against aggressive and anti-democratic forces.
This treacherous attitude is in conformity with the views on the
character of inter-allied relations which are typical of the ruling
circles of the Anglo-American countries, and the substance of which is
that, instead of honest and sincere relations between allies, instead of
mutual confidence and support, there is being pursued a policy of using
every means, including even slander, for the purpose of weakening one's
ally, of exploiting him in one's own narrow interests, and of
strengthening one's own position at the expense of that ally.
One should not, moreover, lose sight of the efforts being made by the
ruling circles of the United States of America to undermine, by means of
their campaign of slander against the USSR, the influence of progressive
elements in their own country, who advocate better relations with the
The attack on progressive elements in the United States of America is
undoubtedly aimed at undermining their influence in view of the
Presidential elections to be held in the autumn of 1948.
The collection is full of documents concocted by Hitlerite diplomatic
officials in the depths of the German diplomatic offices. This fact
alone should have served as a warning against unilateral use and
publication of documents which are one-sided and tendentious, giving an
account of events from the standpoint of the Hitler Government, and
which are intended to present these events in a light which would be
favorable to the Hitlerites. Precisely for this reason, the Soviet
Government was opposed to unilateral publication of the captured German
documents without preliminary thorough and joint verification of them.
Even the French Government news agency, France Presse, found itself
compelled to admit that the procedure of publication of the materials to
be published by the three Governments without the knowledge of the
Soviet Union, "is not quite in accord with normal diplomatic procedure".
Nonetheless, the British Government did not agree with this.
The American, British, and French Governments have unilaterally
published the German documents without hesitating to falsify history in
their efforts to slander the Soviet Union, which bore the brunt of the
struggle against Hitlerite aggression.
By doing so, these Governments have assumed full responsibility for the
consequences of this unilateral action.
In view of this, the Soviet Government on its part feels itself entitled
to make public the secret documents concerning relations between Hitler
Germany and the Governments of Great Britain, the United States of
America and France which fell into the hands of the Soviet Government,
and which the above-mentioned three Governments concealed from public
They concealed these documents; they do not want to make them public.
But we believe that after all which has taken place these documents must
be made public, so that historical truths can be re-established.
The Soviet Government possesses important documents which were captured
by Soviet troops during the smashup of Hitler Germany; publication of
these documents will help to present a true picture of how Hitler's
aggression and the Second World War were in reality prepared and
The same purpose is also served by the historical note, "Falsificators
of History", now being published by the Soviet Information Bureau under
the Council of Ministers of the USSR.
Secret documents pertaining to this subject will be published shortly.