Poland will always be against Stalinist-era history - PM

The PM underlined Poland's tragic fate after WWII since the end of the murderous Nazi German occupation meant the beginning of the occupation by Soviet Russia. Martin Divisek/PAP/EPA

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that "the current Russian authorities have been trying to rebuild the Stalinist-era version of history." Morawiecki said this in Prague where he was attending a Visegrad Group meeting with the Austrian chancellor.

"Poland will strongly oppose this; after WWII Polish Home Army (AK) soldiers were murdered, deported to Siberia. We can never forget this," Morawiecki said, recalling the 51st anniversary of the self-immolation of Jan Palach, a Czech student protesting against the invasion of Warsaw Treaty troops on Czechoslovakia. He also mentioned the self-immolation in Warsaw of Ryszard Siwiec, who set himself on fire at a stadium in Warsaw in the presence of top communist authorities.

The PM also underlined Poland's tragic fate after WWII since the end of the murderous Nazi German occupation meant the beginning of the occupation by Soviet Russia.

Recalling the death of Palach, Siwiec and many others, the Polish prime minister said it should make people remember the sacrifice of Poles, Czechs and Hungarians fighting against the Soviet occupation after WWII.

PM Morawiecki repeated that Poland will strongly come out against any attempts to rebuild the Stalinist-era version of history.

The PM admitted that Poland had been liberated owing to the huge support and key role of the Red Army, but repeated that the fate is also known of Polish Home Army (AK) soldiers after WWII, who were murdered, deported to Siberia, sent to gulags. "We can never forget this since this is the true history of Poland after WWII," he concluded.