Nobody should question historical facts, Poland was a victim of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact, this perfidious agreement, wrote the German ambassador to Poland, Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven. He commented on the words of the leader of the far-right party Alternative for Germany, who blamed Poland for the pact concluded between the Third Reich and the USSR in 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II. The Polish embassy in Berlin also reacted.
On Wednesday, the leader of the parliamentary faction of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alexander Gauland, during a debate devoted to the 80th anniversary of the attack of Nazi Germany on the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, said that the conclusion of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact by Nazi Germany and ruled by Stalin on August 23, 1939 The USSR was the right decision from the point of view of political realism.
According to Gauland, Stalin had no option other than a “devilish pact” with Hitler in 1939, and the conclusion of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a “politically realistic and right decision” for his own survival, the consequences of which, however, were “terrible for Poland”. According to the leader of the AfD faction, the Soviet leader “bought himself” time to better prepare to repel the German attack.
Gauland also suggested that Poland was to blame for Stalin’s agreement with Hitler because “it did not want to tolerate Soviet troops on its territory,” which made an agreement between Russia and the West impossible.
“Nobody should question historical facts”
The German ambassador to Poland, Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, responded to these words. “Nobody should question historical facts: In the case of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact, the aggressors were Germany and the Soviet Union, Poland was the victim of this perfidious agreement – a partition plan that brought immeasurable suffering to our neighbor, the Polish nation,” he wrote in social media.
“We strongly protest against similar declarations”
The Polish embassy in Berlin reacted to Gauland’s words. She posted on social media a link to the announcement published on the website of the Polish government. “The statement by the MP Alexander Gauland on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the German attack on the Soviet Union was written in black letters in the history of the German Bundestag” – reads the release.
This statement was “an attempt to publicly defend the legitimacy of the pact between Stalin and Hitler, pointing to Poland as a factor destabilizing the European order in the interwar period,” commented the publication on government websites. And added: “We strongly protest against such declarations, and the fact that they are made in the seat of parliament of our close ally is a particularly disturbing phenomenon.”
“Demons of the Past”
“MP Gauland’s statement echoes the demons of the past and echoes of the treatment of Poland by European powers as a pawn to sacrifice on a political chessboard or as an uncomfortable element allegedly hindering the achievement of a lasting balance of power. Such thinking fits perfectly into the Russian historical narrative, it is not only morally repugnant, but also simply wrong “, we read in a statement published in response to the words of the leader of the parliamentary faction of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD).
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