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Revising the history of WWII

Poland regularly tries to reconsider the Soviet Union’s role in the war

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro…

Poland is encouraging the growth of historical revisionism of the World War II. Apparently, there is nothing necessarily wrong in revisiting the data referring to any past armed conflict, however, it is not the desire for the discovery of the truth that has motivated these pseudoscientific “researches”, but the desire to spread lies with political intentions. This is what we can conclude when, officially, a government decides to contradict the historiographical consensus and to hurt the history and feelings of an entire people, as the Polish government has been doing.

Last year, a controversy involving the subject gained prominence in the media around the world, when the American ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, published a provocative text on a social network, in which it implied that there was a collaboration between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union for the invasion and division of Poland in 1939, at the beginning of the World War II. The post generated outrage and response from president Vladimir Putin himself.

But things go far beyond a mere war of words. Several public figures of extreme relevance on the international scene entered the controversy initiated by the American diplomat, including the German ambassador to Poland, Rolf Nikel, who stated that the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact served to “prepare” the criminal invasion and that the Soviet Union collaborated with Adolf Hitler’s government for a brutal division of Poland. The Polish government, as was to be expected, also did not remain silent and the Prime Minister, Mr. Mateusz Morawiecki, accused President Putin of having lied about Poland several times.

Above all, some questions remain unanswered in the midst of the case: who is interested in reviewing the history of the World War II, precisely at this specific point? What is the interest behind the absurd idea of ​​a coalition between Hitler and Stalin to divide Poland and start a war that has cost the lives of millions on both sides?

The growth of the revisionism serves the specific interests of the groups that propagate these ideas. In general, it is not wrong to say that, in the age of social networks, fake news, mass media and the information society as a whole, it has become much easier to spread any kind of lie or absurd thesis, devoid of any material evidence, and gaining support, credibility and advocates worldwide. Everywhere, this dark face of the contemporary world has been used politically, favoring groups that, for some reason, have something to lose with the triumph of the truth.

The causes of the WWII fuse are clear. Likewise, the relevance of the non-aggression pact between Soviets and Germans has also always been a scientific consensus: it has little importance in the history of the conflict, representing nothing but a specific international maneuver that served common interests at a given moment and has nothing to do with the real causes of the beginning of the war, which concern only the interests of Germans and Western Europeans. The historical tensions between Russia and Poland in no way coincided with German interests in the region, which motivated different interventions for different purposes. In fact, these facts have always been presented as uncontroversial in the Academy, with revisionist studies on World War II being reserved for other themes of the conflict, whose obscurity can still be raised – which does not apply in the case of the invasion of Poland.

Russia maintains a clear and coherent view of the Soviet past, not neglecting its errors or diminishing its merits. The same cannot be said of practically any other country abroad, mainly in Europe. There were no greater victims of Germans in WWII than the Soviet Union and the Russian people. Soviet Russia was the country with the highest number of deaths and achieved, despite much blood spilled, a heroic and fundamental victory in the formation of the contemporary world map.

To say that Germany and the USSR entered into a secret coalition of cooperation at the beginning of the war sounds not only ridiculous but also dangerous. From that moment on, anything can be said about the war, including the most complete distortion of its causes and results. A complete situation of insecurity of historical knowledge is created, simply to safeguard the interests of a nation-state aligned with the United States of America.

If the absurdity of the idea of changing the history books to enshrine an unsubstantiated lie, masked under the pseudoscientific nickname of “revisionism”, is not enough to raise awareness among the Polish government and its allies in the West, the best thing is for both to be careful, for there is much more revisionism to be done on these than on the Soviets.

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Student of Subterfuge
Student of Subterfuge
February 18, 2020

It all sucks big time. Just watched the History Channel’s series ‘The World Wars’ and no mention of Stalin’s rejected overtures to W. Europe to join in an alliance against Hitler, just an oft repeated ‘Hitler turns on former ally, Stalin’. No relevant context whatsoever.

It’s pure propaganda by omission, designed for a purpose. What in hell can the average Joe believe any more? Everything’s compromised. In diferent times, I’d have given it a pass but in today’s polarized environment of weaponized lies, half-truths and outright fabrications, can’t afford the luxury any more.

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
February 18, 2020

And of course the MSM is always out looking for sensationalism thus blowing this totally out of proportion. Just because we don’t like certain parts of history…we can’t just go and change it.

Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

The Poles are shameless liars. Such a cowardly nation, as stupid as can be!

BobValdez
BobValdez
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 19, 2020

Stupid is as stupid does.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  BobValdez
February 19, 2020

Yeah, how true. The Poles are one of the stupidest nations on earth. No wonder EU is going downhill with those feeble-minded Polacks in it.

LOL
LOL
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 19, 2020

I like Chopin, so they can’t all be doofuses. 😉

Bubble Boy
Bubble Boy
Reply to  LOL
February 19, 2020

Just the politicians. Airheads always float to the top.

T W Huning
T W Huning
February 18, 2020

Science is not about consensus. “Revisionism” is not a pseudoscientific term. History is not science, although science can aid historical inquiry. Historical “knowledge” that is not documented can never be certain. (Think David Irving)

Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

CANONICAL LIST OF POLISH JOKES:

~1

Polish firing squad, stands in a circle.

~2

New Polish navy has glass bottom boats, to see to the old Polish navy.

~3

Polish kamikaze flew 48 successful missions.

~5

Q. How do you sink a polish battleship?
A. Put it in water.

~6

Why wasn’t Christ born in Poland?
Because they couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.

~7

Q: How do you get a one-armed Polak out of a tree?
A: Wave to him.

Olivia Kroth
February 19, 2020

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Olivia Kroth
February 19, 2020

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Ancient Briton
February 19, 2020

Hitler and Stalin divided Poland between them. By agreement.

Lenin invaded Poland in 1919 as well in an attempt to recreate the old Tsarist Empire. Many of those who fought the Russians at the Battle of Warsaw and elsewhere were in fact post-1918 German Freikorps units.

Both Germany and Russia wanted to recreate a pre-1914 Europe after Versailles and the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was a means to that end. Hitler and Stalin knew perfectly well that they were carving up Eastern Europe between them

The pact also led to Russian expansion into Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and the Russo-Finnish War of 1939-40.

Canary in an old Welsh Coal Mine
Canary in an old Welsh Coal Mine
Reply to  Ancient Briton
February 19, 2020

It’s a good thing you’re on your toes because last I heard, the Varangians and the Irish Celts have, starting with N. Ireland, decided to divide England between them and boot all the anglo-saxons out.

Olivia Kroth
February 20, 2020

TASS: Estonia’s resolution on WWII ‘a sacrilege,’ says Russian envoy — The Estonian parliament approved a resolution on Wednesday criticizing the Soviet Union’s actions during the Second World War TALLINN, February 19. /TASS/. The Estonian parliament’s resolution that claims that the actions of the USSR played a role in starting the Second World War is “a sacrilege,” Russian Ambassador to Estonia Alexander Petrov told TASS. He added that the resolution would gravely affect the relations between both states. “This is a sacrilege. This is a blatantly unfriendly move by the Estonian parliament, which will undermine the atmosphere of our bilateral… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 20, 2020

The three Baltic failed mini-entities are like leaves in the wind. Today blown here, tomorrow there … Whoever pays them most, gets their attention. Corruptible, despisable Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia! And Poland is also such a failed, bankrupt state. Now they are blabbing like Russia’s “western partners” who want to rewrite the history of World War II.

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