6.) Romania

  • 2019-02-26
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
The Romanian people were one of the USSR’s hardest hit victims.

The Soviets occupied the country while pushing towards Berlin in the summer of 1944. During most of the Second World War, Romania belonged to the Axis Powers but switched sides once it became evident Nazi Germany couldn't win. The country negotiated an armistice with the Soviets when King Michael circumvented the fascist government to cut a deal.

Soviet historiography called the episode the “Liberation of Romania by the glorious Soviet Army” but Romanians quickly came to loath the Soviet occupation.

A 2006 government commission validated their outrage, estimating the number of direct victims from Communist rule at two million.

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