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Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionSomeone is taking someone for a walk
Extent1 item
Published byPicture Post
Date21 Oct 1939
Embedded text or transcriptEastern Frontier
Person DepictedStalin; Joseph (1879-1953)
Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)
NotesRepublished in David Low, Europe at War, (Penguin Books, 1941) dated 4 November 1939. Text on facing page: "Poland defeated and partioned, the question was whether Hitler had been more cunning than Stalin, or Stalin than Hitler. No one believed that the Nazi-Soviet bargain stopped at Poland. There was speculation as to how far the new partnership could keep in step." p.8.
Republished in David Low, Low's War Cartoons, Cresset Press, 1941.
Republished in David Low, Years of Wrath: A Cartoon History 1932-1945, (Victor Gollancz, Ltd, 1986) dated 2 November 1939. Text on facing page: "Soviet policy towards Germany was to be benevolent neutrality, but Stalin took no chances. Russia's frontier had been advanced to the Curzon Line in Poland to "prevent surpises" - from Germany; and entry into the Baltic states had strengtherned Russia's strategic position against risks - German risks. The Nazi-Soviet deal had been purposely vague about matters in South-eastern Europe, on the principles of letting sleeping dogs lie." p.93
Notes: Hitler and Stalin signed a pact in August 1939 which guaranteed non-aggression towards each other, despite their very different ideologies. This pact had secret terms which divided Poland between the two nations. Both parties had reasons for signing the pact that were nothing to do with friendship! Hitler wanted to ensure that invading Poland would not cause a war on two fronts, if Britain and France came to Poland's aid. Stalin knew he was not ready for war and was buying time. In addition, he was nervous about the long-term security of his western border and wanted to create a buffer zone out of Polish territory. The two men can be seen on the Eastern Frontier, walking together in apparent cooperation, but with obvious suspicion remaining.
International relations
Nazi-Soviet Pact
World War 1939-1945
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GB/BCA/273Stalin; Joseph (1879-1953)1879-1953   
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