Only one year after the annexation of Bessarabia (a region that included the current Republic of Moldova) and northern Bukovina by the Soviets, to the detriment of Romania, a first wave of mass deportation of Romanian and Moldovan began in the night of June 12 to 13, 1941. This annexation was the result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed in 1939 between Hitler's Germany and the USSR which then divided Europe into "spheres of influence". The Post of Moldova had already issued a stamp in 2011 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of this first wave of deportations (30,000 people). A second wave of mass deportation took place on 5 and 6 July 1949, what this new stamp issued on July 5, 2014 on the occasion of this sad 65th anniversary, is reminding us. Read more..