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Black Ribbon Day conference Nazi-Soviet Pact 80

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Date(s) - September 12, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



On August 23, 1939, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin formally conspired to tear Europe in half when they signed a non-aggression pact and its secret protocols, whereby they agreed to divide Europe among them. Thus began the Second World War. The unprecedented scale of terror, bloodshed and violent repression that the Nazi-Soviet pact unleashed has forever scarred Europe and the millions of victims, many of whom escaped to Canada and still live here today.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the signing of this infamous treaty, the embassies and communities of the Central and Eastern European communities in Canada, are holding a symposium on the legacy of the Nazi-Soviet pact in Toronto, at 6pm on September 12th, 2019 at The University of Toronto’s, Isabel Bader Theater.

Celebrated chess grandmaster and Russian pro-democracy and human rights leader, Garry Kasparov will deliver the event’s keynote speech, which will be followed by two panel discussions, featuring key experts and activists from Canada and Europe, on the impact and legacy of the pact, 80 years later.

The conference will highlight attempts to distort narratives about this history and will examine how malign foreign regimes, such as the current Russian government, use history as a tool to divide the transatlantic alliance and democracies worldwide – including here in Canada.

It is of critical importance that Canada and the World, remember the evil pact between Hitler and Stalin that helped facilitate the start of the Second World War.

Date and Time

Thu, 12 September 2019

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT


Isabel Bader Theatre

93 Charles Street West

Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

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