Disinfo: Ruthless Poland is not open for any civilized discussion on historical issues

Summary

In recent years, Poland promoted its historical narratives in a way which does not allow any opposing views. Poland is ruthless in the presentation of its vision of history and it does not see any possibilities for a civilized discussion on historical issues.

Disproof

This message is part of the ongoing Russian disinformation attack against Poland, promoting false historical narratives such as the alleged responsibility of Poland for WWII and the Holocaust.

In the statement of 21 December 2019, Polish authorities reiterated their openness to continue the historical dialogue with Russia, for example through the restart of the work of the bilateral Group on Difficult Issues. However, they stated, the recent words of President Putin regarding Polish history have ruined the outcomes of cooperation of the Polish and Russian historians, who tried to look for the ways of reconciliation in the Polish-Russian relations.

The Polish Institute of Historical Remembrance stated that the documents published recently by Russia, relating to the World War II, are selective, and it called upon Russia to declassify its archives regarding WWII and the post-war presence of the Soviet troops in Poland.

See other examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning this Poland - Signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact thwarted the UK’s expansionist plans in EuropeThe Molotov-Ribbentrop pact did not violate the rights of the Polish stateThe shift of all blame for WWII outbreak at the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact the best example of manipulation of history.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: USSR, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, WWII

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The European Parliament resolution on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is aimed at the demonisation of Russia

Currently, there is an anti-Russian campaign going on, it is aimed at the demonisation of Russia. Unfortunately, Poland also takes part in this campaign. Polish politicians were present among the initiators of a completely outrageous resolution of the European Parliament, which makes the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany equally responsible for the outbreak of World War II.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in World War II as not aggressive. Recently, pro-Kremlin media has been actively spreading various disinformation messages referring to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

The European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe stressed the fact that WWII was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The resolution is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and condemnation of totalitarian ideologies.

Reactionary circles of Western Europe had a deadly plan to inspire a war between Nazism and Bolshevism

Some reactionary circles of Western Europe had a deadly plan to inspire a war between Nazism and Bolshevism – in this war, they would have exhausted each other or Germany would have destroyed the USSR. This plan should have been realized using Czechoslovakia. It had a goal to focus the entire attention of Nazi Germany on Eastern and Central Europe, turning this region into an anti-Communist bastion, which would then be occupied for years. It was also possible that the reactionary circles of Western democracies could have directly supported Germany in its war with Russia. In this situation, Hungary and Poland would do everything to help Germany attack the Soviet Union.

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 the statements that the USSR was forced to sign this pact; other European countries signed various international agreements with Adolf Hitler, Munich Agreement triggered WWII and various historical conspiracies saying that the Western democracies wanted to inspire a war between Nazism and Communism.

The Munich Agreement (September 30, 1938), indeed, permitted German annexation of the Sudetenland in western Czechoslovakia. The policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler was heavily criticised in Europe and proved to be a disastrous move. World War II began in Europe one year later, on 1 September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland.

Fight with climate change, Istanbul Convention and falsification of WWII history are used to consolidate the societies

Today, three issues are used to consolidate the societies: fight with climate change, Istanbul Convention and falsification of WWII history. Russia will become an object of such experiments. Such an approach was reflected in Poland’s position, which is arrogant and out of touch with reality. The results of Warsaw’s propaganda of historical untruth are increasing mistrust and suspicion.

Disproof

This message is a mix of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism with a particular conspiracy theory. On the one hand, it accuses Poland of “propaganda of historical untruth”. On the other hand, it promotes a conspiracy idea that some forces use such issues as the fight with climate change, Istanbul Convention and propaganda of falsification of the history of WWII for “consolidation of societies”.

It is a historical fact that both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were totalitarian regimes, which caused deaths of tens of millions of people. It is a historical fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact enabled the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in the occupation of this country by Germany and the USSR, triggering the beginning of WWII.