The battle’s importance for Poland and the rest of Europe cannot be overstated. According to British diplomat Lord Edgar Vincent d’Abernon it is 18th in the list of the most important battles in the history of the world, ahead of the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of Midway.
The heads of the foreign affairs committees of the Polish lower house and parliaments of the Baltic States have voiced their concern over Russia's attempts to distort history by means of a new interpretation of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact.
Initiated by the NKVD but soon handed over to the newly-installed secret police, the UB, within weeks thousands of Poles were again behind barbed wire at the former death camp.
In today’s Politico magazine, Morawiecki wrote: “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.”
The game ‘Dignity, Freedom and Independence’ [Godność, wolność and niepodległość] takes players on ability-adjusted missions to explore Poland's rich history and test players' knowledge.
A district court in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Thursday refused Poland's plea for the extradition of Stefan Michnik, a former Stalinist-era judge in Poland and today a Swedish citizen.
With Poland already struggling to keep the full weight of Hitler’s Wehrmacht at bay, the pre-dawn hours of September 17th saw Stalin’s Red Army forces invade from the East, thereby fulfilling a secret annex in August’s Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. For two-and-a-half weeks Poland held out against both foes, but the writing was on the wall.
Tucked away in a Warsaw suburb lies one of the lesser-known horrors of post-war Poland. With cells set up in the cellars and interrogation rooms on the upper floors, nowhere symbolises the resistance and tragedy of the so-called ‘Cursed soldiers’ more than Jasny Dom (The White House).
Poland was now in a war it had no possibility of winning, trapped between two behemoths. Its forces were overwhelmed by the mechanized modern German army, and Poland had nothing left with which to fight the Soviets, it’s 1,400 km border only being defended by poorly armed border guards.