Disinfo: Poland euphorically re-writes the history of WWII, spreading Russophobia

Summary

Poland, having its next tide of euphoria around the re-writing of the history of WWII, presented some kind of pseudo-tests [historical test about WWII] to the public. These actions will fail as they go against historical truth. This situation is a spread of Russophobia!

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses Poland of the “falsification and re-writing” of WWII history. According to this policy, the Russian official historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting historical events for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. In addition, the Polish authorities are repeatedly accused of Russophobia and the implementation of various anti-Russian policies.

The official Polish perception of the events of WWII is based on facts, shared by the predominant majority of historians. Both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were harsh totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people - these two regimes are mutually responsible for the outbreak of WWII, which started from the German-Soviet attack on Poland in September 1939.

On September 1, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented a quiz about the events of WWII. The Russian authorities officially protested against this quiz as it accused the USSR and Nazi Germany of causing the outbreak of WWII and the attack on Poland in September 1939.

See similar examples of the Russian accusations against Poland in falsification and re-writing of history - Poland creates and promotes its historical myths in an active and aggressive wayPoland and Lithuania question the status of Russia as a country who won WWIIPresident Duda and President Zelensky promote propaganda and Poland tries to adjust history to politics, misinterpreting the historical facts.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, USSR, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, WWII, Russophobia

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Disproof

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