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On the Eve of
the Great Patriotic War
September 1, 1939 – June 22, 1941
Message from Soviet People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs L. Beria to J. Stalin about German aerial bombardments of cities and military and civil targets on Polish territory
2 September 1939
Russian State Archive of Contemporary History
Coll. 3, ser. 50, fold. 410, ff. 5–8.