‘Enough of the false narrative’ says PM in blistering article published in Politico on Putin’s attempts to rewrite history

PM Morawiecki takes Putin to task over his ‘bizarre’ WWII claims. PAP

PM Mateusz Morawiecki has hit out at Russia’s attempts to rewrite history in a scathing article in today’s Politico magazine.

As the world lines up to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the prime minister said that Russia’s “false narrative” must be guarded against.

In his 777-word-long article, Morawiecki said that “far from being a ‘liberator,’ the Soviet Union was a facilitator of Nazi Germany and a perpetrator of crimes of its own — before and after the liberation of Auschwitz.”

The PM then accused President Putin of pursuing a ‘Stalinist revisionism’ by attempting “to burden Poland and other European countries with responsibility for cooperation with German dictator Adolf Hitler.”

In a 777-word opinion piece, the PM accused the Russian leader of peddling a false narrative.Politico

The PM wrote: “Not only is this Stalinist version of history factually inaccurate, it insults the memory of millions of victims of Communism.

“In reality, it was the alliance between Nazi Germany and the USSR in 1939 that paved the way for the start of World War II.

“The Third Reich would not have been able to rebuild German military capability without the Soviet supply of natural resources and military cooperation.

“It would not have been able to defeat Poland and France so easily, nor would it have had so much freedom in preparing the devastating machinery of the Holocaust.”

The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was a neutrality pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed in Moscow on August 23, 1939, by foreign ministers Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov.Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1984-1206-523 / CC-BY-SA 3.0

There has been a growing war of words between Poland and Russia recently, with President Putin suggesting Poland was responsible for the Holocaust.

The Russian president also painted the Soviet Union as Poland’s saviour, while simultaneously seeming to ignore the facts of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact which saw Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union sign a deal to both attack Poland.

In his article for Politico, Morawiecki hit back at Putin’s line that Warsaw was liberated by Stalin’s Red Army by pointing out that, far from ‘liberating’ the city, “the Red Army stared on idly at the agony of Warsaw… while the people of Warsaw waited hopefully for help, Joseph Stalin never ordered the Red Army to intervene.”

He added: “And while the Red Army did eventually liberate Auschwitz, the camp could have been liberated half a year earlier.

The new border between Nazi Germany and Soviet Union from September 1939 to June 1941, in the occupied territory of Poland.Public domain

“In the summer of 1944, the Soviet army stood 200 kilometers from Auschwitz, but the offensive was halted, allowing the Germans time to retreat and organize death marches until January 1945.

“Rescuing Jews was never a priority for Stalin and the Red Army.”

He continued: “In post-war Poland, Soviet propaganda dictated the narrative of World War II. The truth remained buried, because it conflicted with the Stalinist propaganda of "liberation."

“As such, the true story of the double occupation of Poland could not be told by Poland until 1989.

Stalin and Ribbentrop shake hands after the signing of the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics pact on August 23, 1939, in which the two countries agreed to carve up Poland.Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H27337 / CC-BY-SA 3.0

“Renewed attempts to paint Poland as a perpetrator, rather than a victim, can’t be tolerated.

“Russian historical propaganda regarding World War II is an unworthy lie and a deceitful attempt to blame others for the Soviet Union’s actions. It is evidence the country has never reckoned with the true costs of its totalitarian legacy.”

The PM concluded: “The European Union was built to ensure the tragedy that took place in the first half of the 20th century could never happen again. We can’t afford to let others rewrite our shared history.”

Morawiecki’s full article can be read HERE.