Disinfo: Poland entered into a conspiracy with fascist Germany

Summary

Poland entered into a conspiracy with fascist Germany, and Russia has at its disposal documents about how they had negotiated.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by stating that Poland was a Nazi ally, so it should blame itself.

Claims are not confirmed by any available historical documents. Before WWII, Poland had tense political relations with Nazi Germany, which expressed open territorial claims to Poland (revision of the status of the Free City of Danzig and control over the “Polish Corridor”). Despite intense political pressure from Hitler, Poland consistently refused to become a part of the Nazi block.

According to the plans of Hitler, Poland was supposed to be part of the “living space”/ Lebensraum for the Third Reich – a large part of its territory was incorporated into the German state and millions of Poles and Polish Jews were supposed to be exterminated.

Read similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland - Poland posed a military threat to the USSR in 1938-1939, Nazi Germany considered Poland its best ally, If Poland realized a rational policy in 1939, Moscow would have had a different approach towards it and Poland re-writes the history of the Warsaw uprising accusing the USSR of its failure.

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  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: USSR, Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Historical revisionism, WWII, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Sputnik Arabic, Arabics, New Hub
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Polish politicians are editing the past and interpret it themselves

Tonnes of grain, millet, vegetables, flour, clothes and medicines were sent to Poland urgently by order from Moscow after WWII. They do not like to remember this in Poland now, politicians are doing their utmost to edit the past and give their new assessments and interpretations.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism. It accuses Poland of “the falsification and re-writing” of its history. According to this policy, the official Russian historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting the historical events of the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. On January 9th, the Polish Parliament adopted a resolution “condemning the provocative and untrue statements by representatives of the highest authorities of the Russian Federation attempting to hold Poland liable for the Second World War”.

The other part of the disinformation is about USSR's help to Poland after WWII. It aims to portray the USSR as a peacemaker and liberator.

Hungary, Lithuania and Poland distort their Holocaust past and claim only Germans were responsible

A number of governments distort their countries’ Holocaust past, including Lithuania, Poland and Hungary, but there are “vocal minorities in other places as well”, where people insist that the Germans, not they themselves, were responsible for all anti-Jewish violence. […] Current Polish authorities try to wipe clean history to make it look more convenient.

Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on anti-Semitism and an attempt to depict EU member states as anti-Semitic.

Anti-Semitism is a tragic part of European history, and few countries can claim never to have hosted anti-Semitic sentiment. There is also no doubt that the manifestations of anti-Semitism still can be encountered on in the European public discourse. EU and all member states have at several occasions clearly denounced anti-Semitism and committed to combating it.

Poland was liberated thanks to the Soviet Army

The Soviet Army liberated Warsaw on January 17, 1945, during the Vistula-Oder offensive. The liberation of the city allowed the Soviet forces to rush strongly and decisively towards the borders of Germany.

During the Warsaw liberation process, about 200,000 Soviet soldiers fell.

Disproof

While the Red Army's contribution to the liberation of Poland is a fact, it did not achieve it single-handedly as is often suggested by pro-Kremlin narratives. The article fails to notice that there was a strong resistance movement in Poland, the Home Army, Armia Krajowa. It was one of the largest resistance groups in occupied Europe, numbering over 350,000 soldiers. In August 1944, as the Red Army was approaching the Eastern Suburbs of Warsaw, Armia Krajowa organised an uprising against the Nazis. But the Soviet advance stopped, allowing Germans to regroup and destroy the city during the suppression of the uprising, which lasted 63 days. The Home Army was disbanded on 19 of January 1945 to avoid civil war and armed conflict with the Soviets.

Red Army's presence in Poland resulted in a repressive communist regime set up by the Soviet Union.