Disinfo: Poland wants to make money out of WWII, justifies Nazism

Summary

Poland tries to change historical facts because it wants to make money out of World War II. Poland refuses to accept historic facts, resorts to rewriting the history of World War II and justifying Nazism. Poland intends to pass legislation that will infringe on freedom of speech and allow prosecution of those who think differently.

Disproof

This is a periodic narrative that the Red Army liberated and preserved Poland and that Poland was the initiator of World War II.

Poland’s struggle against Russian disinformation concerning history escalated last December when during his annual press marathon Russian president Vladimir Putin called Poland’s pre-WWII leadership anti-Semites. In response, the Polish Foreign Ministry called Putin’s words “a propaganda message from the time of Stalinist totalitarianism, which was condemned even by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.”

Poland’s Foreign Ministry summoned Russian Ambassador Sergei Andreyev and protested against Putin’s historical insinuations. In a statement published in several languages, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused Vladimir Putin of knowingly disseminating false information. Morawiecki reminded Putin that the Russian people, who deserve the truth, were Stalin’s greatest victims and it is unacceptable to present perpetrators as victims.

In early January Malgorzata Kidava-Blonska, Deputy Speaker of the Polish parliament announced that the Sejm was preparing a draft resolution concerning Russian propaganda that denigrated Poland. The resolution was adopted on 9 January; it condemns provocative and incorrect statements by representatives of the highest authorities of the Russian Federation trying to hold Poland accountable for World War II. The resolution does not contain any reference to Russian criminal liability for propaganda. It is this resolution that Russian media call a “law aimed at infringing freedom of speech”.

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  • Reported in: Issue181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: USSR, Red Army, Historical revisionism, WWII, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin

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