Dear La Russophobe,
This letter is in response to the article “Russian military historian says Poland started WWII: Defense Ministry posts revisionist paper” put out by the Associated Press.
Nothing could be more absurd or further from the truth.
My grandfather, Albert Joseph Bialek served in the Austrian Army during the occupation of Poland by Austria, Russia and Prussia. After completing his service he came to the United States through Ellis Island and originally settled in Pennsylvania before moving to Cleveland, Ohio. Had he remained in the Austrian Army, he would have been forced to fight against the United States during the First World War because Germany was allied with Austria. Needless to say, my family has seen by first-hand account what transpired after World War I up to and including the viscous and bloody blitzkrieg. Of course it was pretty hard for a country to defend itself when the remainder of the World allowed Germany to re-arm and develop far more sophisticated weapons than Poland. You can’t use horses against tanks.
The article states “the Kremlin presses a campaign to recast Russia’s 20th century history in a more favorable light.” The Russian Defense Ministry must be consuming too much vodka to attempt such a distortion of history. And further: “Russia’s Supreme Court recently turned down an appeal to reopen an investigation into the massacre by Soviet secret police of Polish military officers and intellectuals in Russia’s Katyn forest during World War II.” They know where the bodies are buried but refuse to do the honorable thing and allow their removal so the Polish Officers may be buried with honor in Polish cemeteries.
The article suggests “blaming Poland would deny Russia played a role in starting the war by sealing the secret accord.” Sorry folks, the Bolshevik Jeanie is already out of the vodka bottle. You can’t just simply re-write history because your country is so pathetic that it has to return to KGB propaganda stunts. Besides, many people believe the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was as much an agreement to divide up Poland as it was a treaty of nonaggression. It was in some ways similar to the Yalta Conference where President Franklin Roosevelt sold Poland down the Russian river thus allowing several generations of my relatives to live in Soviet captivity.
Col. Sergei Kovalyov goes on to say: “Everyone who has studied the history of World War II without bias knows that the war began because of Poland’s refusal to satisfy Germany’s claims,” he writes. So instead it was better to trample the Treaty of Versailles under Nazi goose steppers and kill millions of Poles all under the guise of re-uniting the “Fatherland”.
The so-called former Soviet Union now known as Russia needs to make every effort to re-tract such painful and idiotic statements before it portrays them even further than the incompetent and barbaric society they once were and perhaps still are. Col. Kovalyov needs to have another shot of vodka so he can continue to see things so clearly.