The Nazi invasion of Russia ● Who wrote the speech? Vyacheslav Molotov ● Who gave the speech? Vyacheslav Molotov ● Why was the speech given? In 1940, Hitler's troops successfully invaded most of Western Europe, achieving a stunning victory over France. However, Hitler believed that Nazi Germany's future depended entirely on acquiring vast expanses of fertile land in the east, namely Russia. He therefore turned his attention to Soviet Russia and launched a "war of annihilation" against the Russians beginning on June 22nd, 1941. ● What was the goal of this speech? I think one of the reasons that the speech was given was to inform the people and tell them to not be afraid and for all to stand together while they take out Hitler and his army. ● When and where was the speech given? The speech that follows was delivered on radio by Vyacheslav M. Molotov in his capacity as vice-chairman of the Council of People’s Commissioners (ministerial council) and People’s Commissioner for Foreign Affairs on occasion of the German invasion, Operation Barbarossa. He gave the speech on June 22, 1941. ● Who was the target audience? The target audience was the people.
● Was the speech considered to be successful? In the large cities, the speech could be heard through loudspeakers in the streets. Molotov’s closing sentence in particular became famous and frequently returned on propaganda posters and such. So I believe that is was particularly successful.
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