Who Started World War II?Udo Walendy
– Truth for a War-Torn World
Nowadays the Second World War is frequently called the Mother of All Wars, the ultimate war of Good versus Evil. The roles are invariably allocated: Hitler and his Nazi henchmen as the absolute evil, and the Allies as the liberators, the saviours of mankind. Never mind that Stalin fought the war together with the West, even though in 1939, when the war broke out, Stalin had already killed millions.
For seven decades, mainstream historians have insisted that Germany was the main, if not the sole culprit for unleashing World War II in Europe. In the present book this myth is refuted. There is available to the public today a great number of documents on the foreign policies of the Great Powers before September 1939 as well as a wealth of literature in the form of memoirs of the persons directly involved in the decisions that led to the outbreak of World War II. Together, they made possible Walendy’s present mosaic-like reconstruction of the events before the outbreak of the war in 1939. This book has been published only after an intensive study of sources, taking the greatest care to minimize speculation and inference.
Shortly after its 1964 initial publication, the German authorities put this work on their index of banned books, claiming that it was too dangerous because historians could only contradict it, but not refute it. After a legal battle lasting decades, the book was released in 1995 by the German Supreme Court. Future historical research will amplify the facts compiled in this book, but the defenders of ”petrified propaganda” can no longer claim they are non-existent or irrelevant.
The present edition has been translated completely anew from the German original and has been slightly revised.
Author: Udo Walendy
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