Disinfo: Polish Home Army was cooperating with the Nazis and got rich from the concentration camps

Summary

The [Polish] Home Army was subordinated to the “Polish government in exile” and positioned itself as a “anti-fascist force”. The truth is that there are no records on any larger combat between this unit and the Germans. But they had no problems stomaching cooperation with the Nazis and get rich from the killings of inmates in Nazi concentration camps.

Disproof

This message is a part of the ongoing Russian information campaign against Poland, which includes the spread of such false messages alleging that Poland was responsible for WWII and the Holocaust.

See other examples of Russian historical revisionism concerning this issue such as 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 state and the shift of all blame for WWII outbreak at the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact the best example of manipulation of history.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Holocaust, Historical revisionism, WWII

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France and Britain gained financially from the concentration camps

The Polish penitentiary system was financed through the “People’s Bank for National Economy” (Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, BGK). A part of the resources used for this was financed by loans from Anglo-French partners through the British and Polish Trade Bank A.G. These financiers were the main beneficiaries from the exploitation of the inmates of the Polish camps. After Wehrmacht’s capturing of Poland in September 1939, the BGK became the property of the Third Reich. The bank continued its operations, connected to the concentration camps. The British and Polish Trade Bank A.G was also not discontinued. All Polish shareholders were replaced by Germans, but the French and British – remained. It’s not hard to draw conclusions on who gained from the profits of the concentration camps on Polish territories.

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Baltic States ignored the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz

The Baltic States ignored the international forum in Jerusalem devoted to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. They probably did it to avoid shame, given their support to nationalist Nazi collaborators.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazi/Fascist Baltic States.

The Baltic States did not ignore the commemoration of the Holocaust victims. Lithuanian and Latvian presidents attended the ceremony to commemorate the victims of Holocaust in Poland. Lithuanian and Latvian speakers of parliament attended the forum in Jerusalem.

Auschwitz was modeled on Polish example

Arpad Wigand used the Polish example for designing the Auschwitz concentration camps

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This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and a part of an organised campaign to defame Poland. No sources support Auschwitz was modeled after Polish PoW camps, set up after the Soviet - Polish war of 1919 - 1920.

Read other examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland - 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.