European Union Pushes To Re-Write WW2 History

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European Union Pushes To Re-Write WW2 History

Warsaw in 1945. Click to see full-size image

EU states continue their WW2 history re-writting attempts.

The Polish Embassy in the UK is making some questionable statements regarding the reality of events during the Nazi occupation and the subsequent liberation of the country by the Soviet Army.

In answer, various Russian Embassies, including the ones in South Africa and Estonia are recalling historical facts and documents, regarding the situation in Poland, as well as Nazi death camps in Estonia.

Essentially what is taking place is a rewriting of history, in which the Soviet Union is made entirely responsible for what transpired in Poland, while the Nazis are just simply mentioned as being there temporarily, possibly as guests.

It all began with this tweet, alleging that the Soviet Union “joined” Germany in invading Poland.

September 17th marks the 80th anniversary from when the USSR began its assault on Nazi-occupied Poland, liberating it in the process.

Poland furthermore maintains that the government remained in the country, which was simply not true.

Here are other examples of the claims made by the Polish embassy in the days since the 17th.

There was a reminder of one of the biggest tragedies in Polish history, entirely blamed on the Soviet Union and the entire responsibility is shifted on it: Katyn.

The Strategic Communications Division of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also joined in.

The Polish government also “never officially capitulated” it simply escaped the country, abandoning the people, with the armed forces falling apart, many of which serving the Nazi army.

The “German-Soviet Invasion” is how the events of 1939 are referred to.

Many of the claims furthermore contradict themselves, Germany failed to capture the now-Ukrainian city of Lviv, but the Soviets captured it. Despite Poland not “capitulating” the Soviet Army “broke the terms of capitulation.”

Russia is attempting to discredit the Polish claims by presenting various documents and historical data. Of course, MSM is presenting it as if Russia is actively trying to rewrite history and not the other way round.

It is reminding of the death camps that operated in Estonia, which appear to be forgotten.

It reminded that on the very same day that the Soviet Union began its offensive, the Polish government abandoned the country, and by then Poland had no actual army.

The French military back in 1939 confirmed that the Polish army was defeated just two weeks after the war began due to using military equipment produced in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

Which once more returns the conversation to the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, which was presented by Russia in a museum exhibit and Poland accused Russia of attempting to rewrite history.

The Russian Ministry of Defense furthermore released historical documents showing how much help Poland was provided by the Soviet Union in the years after the war.

These includes massive amounts of various food products, including various grains, as well as livestock.

One document, a GKO Decree of October 1, 1944th prescribed to provide 15 million boxes of matches to the Polish National Liberation Committee.

In her briefing on September 20th, 2019, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gave a small overview of what the Soviet Union provided to Poland in the years during and following the war. In brief:

  • During the war, the USSR handed over to Poland 700 thousand rifles and machine guns, 3,500 guns, 1 thousand tanks, 1,200 aircraft, more than 1,800 vehicles;
  • 600,000 soldiers died in liberating Poland from the Wehrmacht;
  • At the end of 1944, the USSR granted Poland an interest-free loan of 10 million rubles;
  • In January 1945, an agreement was concluded on the provision of loans to Poland in the amount of 50 million rubles. and an additional $ 10 million for foreign trade needs;
  • In July 1945, between the USSR and Poland, a trade agreement and an agreement on mutual deliveries of goods were signed according to which the USSR undertook to supply 250 thousand tons of iron ore to Poland, 30 thousand tons of manganese ore, 25 thousand tons of cotton, 3 thousand tons of tobacco, 2.4 thousand tons of flax, 40 thousand tons of apatite, cellulose, paper;
  • In 1948, an agreement was reached on the supply of Soviet industrial equipment to Poland in the amount of almost $ 0.5 billion (ultimately, free of charge);
  • The first three-year recovery plan for the Polish economy was implemented ahead of schedule. By 1949, industrial production in Poland grew 2.5 times, the economic return from the sale of industrial goods increased by 200% compared with the pre-war period.

In conclusion, Zakharova also answered a question by RIA Novosti regarding the newly-adopted resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe.

Zakharova expressed the official Russian position on the matter. The entire statement, translated from Russian is the following:

“The Russian Foreign Ministry is trying to refrain from commenting on the activities of the European Parliament. However, in this case, it is forced to make an exception, since we are talking about the next round of gross falsification of history.

This resolution is nothing more than a set of revisionist statements. The European Parliament marked yet another outrageous attempt to equate Nazi Germany – the aggressor country – and the USSR, whose peoples, at the cost of huge sacrifices, liberated Europe from fascism.

The statement of the European deputies that the Second World War began because of the signing of the Non-aggression Treaty between Germany and the USSR on August 23, 1939 has nothing to do with history. Moreover, the resolution does not mention the policy pursued by Western countries to pacify the aggressor with the aim of reorienting Hitler’s aggressive plans from West to East and about the culmination of this line – the Munich agreement of 1938. Its participants gave the sovereign state of Czechoslovakia to be torn to pieces by the Nazis. Against the background of numerous references to the “difficult fate” of Poland – which, incidentally, took part in the said “dismemberment” and concluded a non-aggression treaty with Berlin back in 1934 – such selectivity of historical memory is striking in its cynicism.

We would like to emphasize once again the danger of the course towards politicization and the revision of historical facts. By hushing up the pages that are unpleasant for themselves and interpreting the “retouched” version of events at one’s discretion, the European Parliament finally loses touch with reality. But it is such that in a number of European countries they rehabilitate Nazi criminals, mass rallies of Waffen-SS veterans and their supporters take place, neo-Nazi organizations feel at ease. This is a true threat to the fundamental principles of democracy and human rights.

Attempts to build the EU’s internal agenda on the foundation of distorting historical truth will not lead to the victory of intolerance on the European continent. “Juggling” facts for opportunistic purposes cannot be a moral and political guide. On the contrary, it is more likely to undermine the faith of Europeans, especially young people, in the very “European values” that Brussels loves to talk about.

We consider unacceptable a distortion of the past. History, in our deep conviction, should remain the destiny of responsible professionals, and not politicians who use it for their narrowly selfish purposes.”

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