On September 1st Poland presented A REPORT ON THE LOSSES SUFFERED BY POLAND AS A RESULT OF GERMAN AGGRESSION AND OCCUPATION DURING WORLD WAR II, 1939-1945. The Report consists of three volumes: Volume A - A collection of studies; Volume B - Photographic documentary; Volume C - List of atrocity sites. The download will start automatically.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

You Can Finally Learn How Hitler and Stalin Made Modern Poland

On August 1st The Wall Street Journal published a commentary by a professor of European history at Bard College, Sean McMeekin, titled "How Hitler and Stalin Made Modern Poland." I can't recommend it enough. It is that good and in just few paragraphs says what I was always hoping to read in an American newspaper. 

Here is a quote from it and I hope it will convince you to look it up and read it (it may be behind a paywall): 
Americans and Britons have forgotten this sordid story. Poles have not. Without knowing this history, Westerners will never understand how Poles ... For Poland, World War II did not end in 1945 with a parade and a Paris kiss, but in the ruins of Warsaw ruled over by hostile conquerors who had stood by as the city burned. Poles can perhaps be forgiven for failing to share today’s Western predilections—born of decades of peace and prosperity taken for granted—for postcolonial guilt and ennui, or the fashionable denigration of the nation-state.

Mr. McMeekin's book on World War II, due out in 2020, is tentatively titled “Stalin’s War.”