Black Ribbon Day Commemoration
VOC joined representatives from the Baltic embassies at the Victims of Communism Memorial on Sunday, August 23rd for a public wreath-laying ceremony and commemoration of Black Ribbon Day.
August 23rd, 2015 marked the 76th Anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which divided Europe between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and sparked World War II. On August 23rd in 1939, the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany, assuring Hitler that he could invade Poland without any interference from the East. Within a few days after the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Hitler had indeed invaded Poland and World War II began. In the 1980s, members of the Baltic diaspora community living abroad began organizing Black Ribbon Day protests on August 23rd to mark the intertwined legacies and combined victims of German fascism and Soviet communism.
VOC called on the United States government to join countries around the world in officially marking August 23rd as Black Ribbon Day and commemorating the millions of victims of Nazi and Communist regimes in Europe.
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