Poland lost dispute over history to Russia

Poland is confused over the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya underscores. She recalled that in last December, "Moscow launched a pre-emptive strike in the historic war declared by Warsaw." President Vladimir Putin drew attention to the fact that Warsaw had been cooperating with Nazi Germany, and the Polish Ambassador had fueled anti-Semitic sentiments in society. "The Russian President's speech destroyed everything what Poland has been able to achieve in the global arena for 20 years. Today’s Warsaw should understand that it is impossible to grab the tiger by the tail," she said.

She recalled that Moscow had always been open to discussing anything with Warsaw. For example, the Katyn problem was solved in 1992 when Former President Boris Yeltsin handed over to Poland documents on Katyn massacre. In 2010, the Russian State Duma adopted a resolution "On the Katyn tragedy and its victims". But Poland continues to claim that Polish officers were killed by Soviet forces. The Polish version of World War II is based on the fight against two totalitarian regimes: the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. In expert opinion, this leaves a lot of drawbacks. "After the Russian President's speech, the Polish government believed that Europe would ptotect Warsaw and declare total war to the Kremlin. But this did not happen," Petrovskaya said.

After that, Warsaw paid attention to the historical policy of the Law and Justice party. Prime Minister M.Morawiecki laid flowers at the Holy Cross Mountains Brigade that collaborated with the Nazis. Warsaw adopted the "Holocaust law" that caused major rifts with its foreign allies, above all Israel and the US. In addition, the concept of fighting against two totalitarian regimes was not supported by the European community, RISS expert noted.

Russia hasn't been invited to a ceremony in Poland marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz. But this year, Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial and museum, decided to hold major celebrations in Jerusalem. Poland found itself in a difficult situation after being told President A.Duda would not be allowed to speak at the event, but Russia’s president would.

"As a result, Poland’s president has pulled out of an event in Israel. He decided to try and hold the celebration in Poland. The fact that there are many Soviet Jews in Israel proves once again how different Hitler's and Stalin's regimes were in practice. Most of the German Jews died during the war. That is why a memorial on mount Herzl to jewish soldiers in the Red Army who fell during World War II is located in Jerusalem, and Yad Vashem will commemorate the event from which Warsaw wanted to extract political benefits," Petrovskaya concluded.

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