Only thanks to Stalin did Poland receive the German Danzig (Gdansk)


Not so long ago, no Gdansk existed. It was the German city of Danzig. It became Gdansk thanks to one person. His name is Stalin. It is thanks to Comrade Stalin that Poland received German Danzig, later renamed to Gdansk.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation aimed at bolstering the reputation of Joseph Stalin by highlighting  his unique role in the victory of WW2.

First mentioned as a Polish city in 997 or 999, Gdańsk (Gdansk) was part of the Polish diocese of Włocławek. During its history, Gdansk has been under Polish, Prussian and German rule. From 1919 to 1939 Gdansk had the status of the free city of Danzig under the Treaty of Versailles. In 1938, Poland refused Hitler’s demand to give the city to Germany. This was used by Germany as provocation for an attack on Poland on September 1, 1939, which precipitated World War II. Gdansk was returned to Poland in March 1945 as part of the decisions made by the Allies at the Potsdam conference.


  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: Germany, Poland
  • Keywords: World War 2, Propaganda, Joseph Stalin
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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