Polish PM: WWII was the result of an alliance between Germany and USSR

On the 82nd anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Mateusz Morawiecki urges wariness against historical relativists who try to paint Germans as the conflict’s victims

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: wpolityce.pl
One of the first military operations between Germany and Poland was the bombardment and consequent occupation of the Polish ammunition dump Westerplatte in the Danzig territory, shown Sept. 1, 1939. In the foreground the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein. (AP Photo)

On the anniversary of the invasion of Poland in 1939, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki posted on social media about what he said was the true reason behind the Second World War: the alliance between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

“We also cannot forget one other truth. The outbreak of the Second World War was the result of an alliance between two totalitarian states: the German Reich and the Soviet Union. The rapprochement of both of these forms of totalitarianism took place under the silent approbation of Western Europe, which sentenced itself by giving concessions to evil,” he wrote in a post.

The Polish prime minister looked back on how, instead of the ringing of school bells, many schools in Poland were filled with the sound of sirens, bullets, artillery, and German aircraft.

“September 1, 1939, a Friday. Any other day might be associated with the start of a new school year in Poland. But 82 years ago, September 1 was the day in which a war broke out, one which would later be called yet another world war,” he wrote.

He noted that the war showed its true, horrible tragedy in the form of the Generalplan Ost devised by the Germans which entailed the extermination of 85 percent of Poles and the transformation of the rest into slaves working for German masters. Poles were the first victims of the German experiments, and there most likely is not a family in Poland who has not lost someone during the war.

The prime minister of Poland warned of historical relativism appearing in modern times, which has tried to portray the Germans as victims of the war rather than its perpetrators.

Title image: Sept. 1, 1939, the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein firing at Polish ammunition dump at Westerplatte near Gdańsk (Danzig). (source: AP)

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