THE FIRST DAY
GERMANY ATTACKS THE SOVIET UNION
JUNE 22, 1941
Fighting in Western Europe since September 1939, on June 21, 1941, Nazi Germany broke its peace treaty with the Soviet Union and launched a massive offensive, expanding World War II to the east. Memories and images in Blavatnik Archive’s video “World War II Anniversary Series: The First Day” are shared by those who were there when these unforgettable events unfolded. We honor the memory of all those who fought and sacrificed for the survival of their country and people.