Disinfo: Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact was a direct result of British, French and Polish politics

Summary

The Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact was a direct result of the British, French and Polish politics, particularly, the Munich Agreements selling out Czechoslovakia.

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 and the Munich Agreement triggered WWII.

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.

The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a mutual decision of two totalitarian regimes (Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR) aimed at the division of Eastern and Central Europe between these two powers. It is a proven 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 USSR, triggering the beginning of WWII.

Read similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning this issue - 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: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Czech Republic, UK, Russia, Germany, Poland, France
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, USSR, Historical revisionism, WWII, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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The European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarian Regimes is a false holiday

In 2008-2009, PACE established August 23 as a false holiday, commemorating the victims of fascist and communist “totalitarianism” and the signing of the Nazi-Soviet Non-aggression pact. The Eastern Europeans and the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO (meaning, the United States) were also in favour of the establishment of this new “holiday”.

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. The European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarian Regimes (August 23) was established by the European Parliament on 23 September 2008. The initiative to establish this Day of Remembrance comes from the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism signed in 2008 by over 50 European politicians and prominent political prisoners and dissidents. This Remembrance Day is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and condemnation of totalitarian ideologies.

Both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were harsh totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people.

In 1938, Poland was a Nazi ally

The Polish elite have never hidden the fact that they preferred closer relations with Germany to better relations with the USSR. In 1938, Poland was a Nazi ally and partner, before it became a Nazi victim in 1939.

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.

The Red Army could not support the Warsaw Uprising

The Red Army, exhausted by a two-month offensive in Belarus and experiencing a deficit in ammunition and fuel, stopped its advance near Warsaw.

The failure of the Warsaw Uprising is mainly caused by its poor preparation and wrong political calculations of the Polish Government-in-exile. This Government did not have enough own forces, but it still did not want to cooperate with Moscow in preparation of the Uprising.

Despite the fact that the Red Army delivered weapons and ammunition to the Polish fighters by planes, it could not change the course of events.

Disproof

A common Soviet and Russian disinformation narrative aimed to prove that Soviet troops could not support the Warsaw Uprising due to numerous objective reasons (such as the lack of necessary forces, overstretched supply lines, lack of communication with the Polish Home Army and the Polish Government in London, etc.). This message should be perceived as a part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism.

The Warsaw Uprising was the largest single military action realized by any European resistance movement during World War II – the number of Polish soldiers and civilians fighting in the Uprising was between 20 and 50 thousand.