The Treaty Of Versailles Essay

1111 Words Mar 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Today I am interviewing two men who were both involved significantly in Operation Barbarossa – Joseph Stalin and Wolfgang Horn. Joseph Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union during WWII, and made the crucial decisions for the future of Russia. Whilst Wolfgang Horn did not play a powerful role during WWII, he did fight the Soviet Union on the Eastern front, and can provide us with his first hand experiences when fighting the Red Army. (Adams, 2009).
What is your opinion of the Treaty of Versailles?

Stalin: Russia never received an invitation to the Paris Peace conference because of the allies distrust in our communist government. I suspect they were threatened by us, and our communist empire. (Svensson, 2016). Of course, a year before this conference, Stalin had signed the treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany, and the allies may also have viewed this as desertion, or even an alliance with Germany. (, 2016)
Leah: What was the purpose of the treaty then?
Stalin: To ensure that Germany would no longer continue to attack Russia. Yet it was not an act of cowardice as the allies may have believed, Russians are not cowardly like the Germans. It was an essential step to develop our country into a strong and independent European power. Yes, we did lose Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and many other regions to Germany, however, it was a small price to pay for a stronger Russia. (History Learning Site, 2016)
Horn: My opinion was the same as many other citizens of Germany at…

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