I was impressed that Putin even knew about that obscure bit of Polish history the Poles would sooner forget. The Fascistic, nationalist Polish regime of the interwar years did all sorts of questionable things, not the least of which was double-crossing Hitler, of all people. I don't think it would have made much difference no matter what they did, though. Hitler was pretty clear about his goal of lebensraum.

Perhaps Putin should have mentioned Stalin's offer of a military alliance to Britain and France in early 1939. If Chamberlain and Daladier had accepted it, there never would have been a Molotov-Ribbentrop pact dividing up Poland, and there might not have even been a war.

In any case, history would have been very different.

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My understanding is that Britain encouraged the Poles to start killing the large German population that lived in Poland. Have you heard of the Bromberg Massacre? There are other websites and archives, but the claim is this killing of Germans living in Poland was the why Hitler attacked Poland. I am not the scholar you are, but I do research and some call it propaganda. I am uncertain of the truth in this case but first read of it in A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind.


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Is that maybe what Putin meant when he said Poland "went too far?" Might he be talking about the Bromberg Massacre. Wasn't the Danzig region populated by ethnic Germans?

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The massacre that you're referring to allegedly took place after the Nazis invaded but the details have been challenged by Poland and others.

As for the mistreatment of Germans inside of interwar Poland, it's unclear to what extent it was happening due to conflicting narratives.

But it's generally agreed upon by external observers that minorities were second-class citizens most of the time.

That, however, doesn't justify genociding Poles like the Nazis and their Ukrainian accomplices later both did on that pretext.

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Understanding the events and what they trigger in the human psyche is of utmost importance in the study of history. Prior to both Ukrainian and Nazi atrocities, there were other atrocities which were purposely hidden. The Holodomor is one of them, designed and executed by Lazar Kaganovich, a Jew, third in leadership rank, behind Stalin and Molotov in Soviet Russia.

Teresa Cherfas, “Reporting Stalin’s Famine: Jones and Muggeridge, A Case Study in Forgetting and Rediscovery,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 14, 4 (Fall 2013), 776.

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