Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, on the 82nd anniversary of the Soviet aggression against Poland, emphasized that “the tragedy of the events of September 17, 1939 did not only concern Poland”. “The theater of military operations expanded to include new countries, alliances and coalitions changed. The suffering of nations did not change,” the head of the Polish government said.
82 years ago, on September 17, 1939, in violation of the Polish-Soviet non-aggression pact, the Red Army entered the territory of the Republic of Poland, implementing the arrangements contained in the secret protocol of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact. The consequence of the alliance of the two totalitarianisms was the partition of Poland, which was lonely on the international arena.
“The tragedy of the events of September 17, 1939 did not only concern Poland. This date initiated another state based on a totalitarian system in our part of Europe,” wrote Prime Minister Morawiecki on Facebook on Friday.
Morawiecki: the theater of military operations expanded to include more countries
The prime minister pointed out that “the aggressive policy of both states – Germany and the Soviet Union towards Poland caused a conflict that has not been known in history so far”. “The theater of warfare expanded to include new countries, alliances and coalitions changed. The suffering of nations who paid with their lives and health a price for the lack of an effective policy of European leaders who could put a barrier to totalitarianism did not change,” the head of government pointed out.
“The Polish nation experienced this passivity in particular. Deportations to Siberia, Katyn, Auschwitz, over 6 million lost lives. When I look at the situation on the eastern border of Poland today, I am reminded of Cicero’s maxim about history that teaches life. And I ask myself a question. : do others remember it too? ” the Prime Minister wondered.
The premiere’s entry was accompanied by a graphic from the IPN film “Invincible”, symbolizing the fate of Poland struggling with two totalitarianisms.
Bix Aliu: we pay tribute to all Poles
Chargé d’affaires of the US embassy in Poland, Bix Aliu, in a post on Twitter, emphasized: “On the 82nd anniversary of the deceptive and breaking the non-aggression pact by the Soviets on Poland, we pay tribute to all Poles who defended their homeland in an unequal fight and to the victims of subsequent years of persecution by invader “.
Main photo source: PAP