News and information disseminated by the victorious allies depicts Poland as an innocent victim of Nazi expansionism. Such hate propaganda reminds us that truth is the first victim of war.
Throughout the 1930s the German Reich, despite constant provocations by Poland’s political and military elite, remained conciliatory. If there were any anti-Polish threats levelled by Berlin during the Reich tenure we might have heard of them by now.
On the other hand, Poland’s intention to crush their German neighbour is self-evident, documented and abundant. The first acts of aggression of WWII were the responsibility of the Polish armed forces that instigated a series of serious on Germany’s borders. The attacks took place over a considerable period and each Polish violation is chronicled. Repeated complaints by Berlin were answered by further military border violations.
During the 1920s and 1930s Poland, in defiance of the Versailles Treaty and international Law, occupied large swathes of northern Germany.
When on September 1, 1939 the Reich pre-emptively struck Poland, Germany’s armed forces in fact occupied territory that was German territory in law. Germany was not so much invading Poland as invading Germany. As A J P Taylor surmised, “Germany fought a defensive war.”
There is plenty of evidence to prove the validity of the great British historian’s remark. In October 3 1930, three years before Adolf Hitler was elected, the influential Polish newspaper, Die Liga der Grossmacht carried the following declaration.
“A struggle between Poland and Germany is inevitable. We must prepare ourselves for it systematically. Our goal is a new Grunewald (The Battle of Tannenberg July 15, 1410 when the Teutonic Knights were defeated). However, this times a Grunewald in the suburbs of Berlin. That is to say, the defeat of Germany must be produced by Polish troops in the centre of the territory in order to strike Germany to the heart.
“Our ideal is a Poland with the Oder and the Neisse as a border in the West. Prussia must be re-conquered for Poland and indeed, Prussia as far as the Spree. In a war with Germany, there will be no prisoners and there will be room neither for human feelings nor for cultural sentiments. The world will tremble before the German-Polish War. We must evoke in our soldiers a superhuman mood of sacrifice and a spirit of merciless revenge and cruelty.”
During the late 1930s, there were printed in Poland postcards depicting Poland’s intention to push the German border back to the west. Was it coincidence that after World War II, the Oder-Neisse line, where the eastern border of (East) Germany was drawn by the Allies, pretty much corresponded to the iniquitous map on Poland’s pre-war propaganda postcards?
Naturally, Germans during the 1930s were alarmed at the Polish threats to destroy their nation. Long before the outbreak of war German media reported on Polish propaganda postcards to warn the German people what the Poles were up to. The outcome of the war proved the German media reports to have been accurate. Furthermore Polish maps indicated that Poland also planned to occupy Czechoslovakia.
You can find the postcards reproduced among the illustrations in a very valuable, interesting and rather large book entitled: ‘Documents on the Events Preceding the Outbreak of the War’. This tome was compiled and published in English by the German Foreign Office. It was distributed in the United States by the German Library of Information, 17 Battery Place, New York, in 1940 prior to the U.S entry into the war.
The over 500 pages of the volume consist of diplomatic papers that document the Polish provocations and atrocities against Germans dating back to the end of World War I and go all the way up to the outbreak of the war in 1939.
The first invasion of WWII was again the responsibility of Poland. Sir Basil Liddell Hart, British military historian: “In March 1939, six months before the outbreak of WWII, Poland “exploited the chance to seize a slice of Czech territory.”
Neither palace publishers nor mainstream media publish anything that remotely points the finger of guilt at pre-war Poland. However, truth, records and posterity record multiple acts of Polish belligerency, aggression and frontier violations directed not just at Germany but at neighbouring Czechoslovakia and the independent Baltic States; Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
If thanks to the less controlled internet and alternative media yesterday’s lies break down under their own weight then the contents of most bookshelves will be thrown into the nearest refuse bins.
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