Disinfo: Poland was an ally of Hitler, Stalin decided not to focus on its pre-war sins

Summary

Poland was an ally of Hitler – what other facts should be reminded to [Jaroslaw] Kaczyński. The USSR passed over the facts about the Polish cooperation with Nazi Germany in silence. Joseph Stalin, appreciating Poland as an important ally in the Warsaw Pact, considered that it is not worth to focus on the sins of the pre-war Polish leadership.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact by stating that Poland was a Nazi ally, so it should blame itself for the German-Soviet attack in September 1939.

The claim that Poland was “an ally of Nazi Germany” goes against all available historical documents. Before WWII, Poland had tense political relations with Nazi Germany, which expressed open territorial claims on 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 part of the Nazi block.

According to the pre-war 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 planned to be 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 such as Poland posed a military threat to the USSR in 1938-1939Nazi Germany considered Poland its best allyIf 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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Germany, Poland
  • Keywords: Historical revisionism, WWII, Joseph Stalin, Nazi/Fascist

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