- Article by Auke de Vlieger
- Published on April 21st, 2016
On June 22nd, 1941, the day the Axis powers invaded the Soviet Union, not Joseph V. Stalin but Vyacheslav M. Molotov, People’s Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, delivered a speech by radio to the Soviet population. The first days after the invasion, Stalin was in a state of deep disturbance, apathy and unbelief and only made himself heard publicly 11 days later, on July 3rd with the following speech on radio which was published in Pravda the same day. The speech has become legendary for Stalin’s choice of words, for instance, he addressed his fellow countrymen as "brothers and sisters" and as "my friends" for the first time.