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Time to acknowledge Soviet Union’s ‘immense losses’ in World War II

December 12, 2018
historical image of world war II soldiers operating a large gun on top of a building with the Moscow skyline in the background.Anti-aircraft gunners take to the rooftops during the Battle of Moscow. (CC BY-SA 3.0 photo / RIA Novosti)

The United States has been slow to acknowledge that Nazi Germany most likely would not have been defeated without the Soviet Union, argues Matthew Lenoe, an associate professor of history at the University of Rochester, in an opinion piece that appeared in the Washington Post’s “Made by History” section. The section is edited and curated by historians.

“Paying tribute to the overwhelming contribution of Soviet men and women to victory in World War II and commemorating their losses would go a long way to soothing that sense of grievance and improving Russian-American relations,” writes Lenoe, an expert on totalitarianism, Russian and Soviet history, and the Eastern front of World War II.

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