Today is is Black Ribbon Day, which mourns the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a clandestine agreement which allowed Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union to violently and illegally seize all lands (and the people) situated between the two. This pact resulted in horrifying, deadly consequences for the people in nations such as Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Estonia and Finland.

Keep the lives lost in your hearts, and remember the terrible price associated with such disregard for the sovereignty and autonomy of these nations, and remember all victims of Nazism and Stalinism, who lost their lives, their livelihoods, their families, their dignity, their freedom, and other things those of us who didn’t go through that can’t even begin to articulate or imagine.