HELSINGFORS, FINLAND, NOV. 16, 1939
The new alignment in the Baltic States, far from indicating the final solution of the Russo-German conflict, merely marks the latest stage in a thousand-year old struggle to determine whether the Baltic shall be a Slavic or Teutonic lake. . . . The truly appalling price that Germany has paid for its Russian alliance is now evident. Reichsf"uhrer Hitler who clamors for colonies, voluntarily surrendered all claim to Germany's oldest colonies - the Baltic States.
The repatriation of the Baltic Germans was the tangible down payment which Joseph Stalin, himself no novice at double-crossing, demanded of his Nazi partner.
In recalling 100,000 German-speaking inhabitants from Latvia and Estonia, Herr Hitler destroyed the cultural, economic, and political ties which had linked these provinces to Germany for 700 years.
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