On August 23rd, Katsper Plazzynski, a Polish politician from the Law and Justice party accused Russia of attempting to rewrite the history that led up to World War 2.
This took place, after, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, together with Charge D’Affaire of German Embassy opened the Second World War exhibition in Moscow.
Among other things it shows the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and its secret protocol.
“Minister Lavrov said that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was due to the fact that Poland did not want to join the anti-Hitler coalition. Of course, this is completely meaningless, but these words have one purpose: to lay partial responsibility on Poland for the outbreak of World War II. And Sergey Lavrov practically says this directly. We cannot agree with this,” Plazzynski said.
“We are talking about how Russia deliberately falsifies history for its own domestic needs contrary to Polish state interests,” he added.
Lavrov said that it was wrong to consider the USSR alongside Germany as the aggressors and that this was just an excuse for countries to whitewash their own history of attempting doing deals with Nazi Germany.
The Russian FM said that it was the Polish-German non-aggression declaration of 1934, together with the policies pursued by Paris and London, which forced the USSR into signing the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact on August 23rd 1939.
“Under these circumstances, the Soviet Union was forced on its own to ensure its national security and signed a non-aggression pact with Germany,” Lavrov said.
Literature previewing the Second World War exhibition mentions “Poland rejecting Soviet offers of countering German expansion.”
Of course, this is an attempt to falsify history, specifically by a “Russian Journalist” – Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart, a British soldier, military historian and military theorist.
Following are excerpts from Liddell Hart’s book “History of the Second World War,” originally published in 1970, obviously he was busy rewriting history on Russia’s behalf a while ago.
“Thus, Hitler realized that he could soon complete his plans for Czechoslovakia, and then continue to move east. At first, he did not think about an attack on Poland, although it was it that owned most of the territory cut off from Germany after the First World War. Poland, like Hungary, was useful to Hitler in that it threatened the rear of Czechoslovakia and thus forced it to yield to its demands. Incidentally, Poland seized the opportunity and also seized part of the territory of Czechoslovakia. For some time, Hitler was inclined to consider Poland a junior partner, provided that she would return the port of Danzig to him and guarantee Germany free passage to East Prussia through the Polish corridor. Under the circumstances, it was a surprisingly moderate demand from Hitler. However, during the negotiations, Hitler discovered that the Poles stubbornly refuse to make such concessions and even harbor an unfounded idea of their own power. Yet Hitler continued to hope that Poland would become more accommodating in the future. On March 25, Hitler, in an interview with the commander-in-chief of the ground forces, said that he “does not want to decide the question of Danzig through the use of force.” However, the unexpected maneuver of England that followed Hitler’s new move changed this decision.
However, a few days later Chamberlain completely changed his course. It was so unexpected and fraught with consequences that surprised the whole world. Chamberlain suddenly decided to block any further advancement of Hitler and on March 29th sent Poland a proposal to support it against “any action that threatens Poland’s independence and which the Polish government considers vitally necessary to resist.” Now it is impossible to find out what exactly had the predominant influence on this decision: public outrage or his own indignation; anger because Hitler deceives him, or humiliation by the fact that in the eyes of his own people he appeared stupid.
The unheard-of conditions of guarantees put England in such a position that her fate was in the hands of the Polish rulers, who had very dubious and inconsistent judgments. Moreover, England could fulfill its guarantees only with the help of Russia, but so far, no preliminary steps have been taken to find out whether Russia can provide, and Poland accept such assistance.
The cabinet was offered to approve the guarantee without even familiarizing itself with the reports of the committee of chiefs of staff, which proved the practical impossibility of effective assistance to Poland. True, it is doubtful that this would change anything in the mood that prevailed then. In the parliamentary debate, guarantees received general support. Only Lloyd George considered it possible to warn the parliament that undertaking such fraught with obligations consequences, without securing the support of Russia, is recklessness, like suicide. Poland’s guarantees were the surest way to accelerate the explosion and the outbreak of world war. They combined maximum temptation with overt provocation and incited Hitler to prove the futility of such guarantees in relation to a country beyond the reach of the West. At the same time, the guarantees received made the stubborn Polish leaders even less inclined to agree to any concessions to Hitler, who now found himself in a position that did not allow him to retreat without prejudice to his prestige.”
In addition, Stalin had offered a million troops to stop a German attack, but the Poles wouldn’t allow the Russians to pass through, and ultimately the offer was declined. Only after these measures turned down was the USSR willing to sign a non-aggression pact to buy more time to prepare for an inevitable invasion.
This is further described in a report by the Sunday Telegraph, published in October 2008, so if Polish claims are to be trusted – the UK was also pushing Russia’s agenda to rewrite history:
“The offer of a military force to help contain Hitler was made by a senior Soviet military delegation at a Kremlin meeting with senior British and French officers, two weeks before war broke out in 1939.
The new documents, copies of which have been seen by The Sunday Telegraph, show the vast numbers of infantry, artillery and airborne forces which Stalin’s generals said could be dispatched, if Polish objections to the Red Army crossing its territory could first be overcome.
But the British and French side – briefed by their governments to talk, but not authorised to commit to binding deals – did not respond to the Soviet offer, made on August 15, 1939. Instead, Stalin turned to Germany, signing the notorious non-aggression treaty with Hitler barely a week later.
The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, named after the foreign secretaries of the two countries, came on August 23 – just a week before Nazi Germany attacked Poland, thereby sparking the outbreak of the war. But it would never have happened if Stalin’s offer of a western alliance had been accepted, according to retired Russian foreign intelligence service Major General Lev Sotskov, who sorted the 700 pages of declassified documents.
“This was the final chance to slay the wolf, even after [British Conservative prime minister Neville] Chamberlain and the French had given up Czechoslovakia to German aggression the previous year in the Munich Agreement,” said Gen Sotskov, 75.
The Soviet offer – made by war minister Marshall Klementi Voroshilov and Red Army chief of general staff Boris Shaposhnikov – would have put up to 120 infantry divisions (each with some 19,000 troops), 16 cavalry divisions, 5,000 heavy artillery pieces, 9,500 tanks and up to 5,500 fighter aircraft and bombers on Germany’s borders in the event of war in the west, declassified minutes of the meeting show.
But Admiral Sir Reginald Drax, who lead the British delegation, told his Soviet counterparts that he authorised only to talk, not to make deals.
“Had the British, French and their European ally Poland, taken this offer seriously then together we could have put some 300 or more divisions into the field on two fronts against Germany – double the number Hitler had at the time,” said Gen Sotskov, who joined the Soviet intelligence service in 1956. “This was a chance to save the world or at least stop the wolf in its tracks.”
When asked what forces Britain itself could deploy in the west against possible Nazi aggression, Admiral Drax said there were just 16 combat ready divisions, leaving the Soviets bewildered by Britain’s lack of preparation for the looming conflict.
The Soviet attempt to secure an anti-Nazi alliance involving the British and the French is well known. But the extent to which Moscow was prepared to go has never before been revealed.”
The sought-after acceptance of an offer of alliance came after Hitler began his Blitzkrieg attack on Russia in June 1941. By that time France, Poland and much of the rest of Europe were already under German occupation.
It is not surprising that the European hyena (as Churchill aptly characterized Poland) was strangled at the very beginning of the war.
But since this truth is very unpleasant for today’s mainstream propaganda, Polish nationalists and their supporters across the world are trying to refute not even the Soviet or Russian, but the British evidence about Poland’s behavior and role in unleashing the Second World War.
Attempts to portray Poland as an innocent white sheep are anti-historic and easily broken up on facts and documents, which is useful to remember on the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact when howls about the “Soviet attack on peaceful Poland that did not want anything bad” begin again.
Naturally, any attempts by Russia to reveal historical facts, presented in non-Russian authors, as well as in Russian records is accepted as politicizing and attempting to rewrite history.
That notion is propagated strongly by MSM.