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Putin: Poland cooperated with Hitler and promoted anti-Semitism

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Poland of cooperating with Hitler and the Nazi’s during World War II.

Putin said this during a speech he made in front of Russian army officials.

“Essentially they colluded with Hitler. This is clear from documents, archival documents,” Putin says in an emotional end-of-year speech at the Defense Ministry.

Resorting to foul language, Putin says that the war-time Polish Ambassador allegedly promised to put up a statue of Hitler in Warsaw for his pledges to send Jews to Africa.

Józef Lipski’s (The Polish Ambassador to Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1939) discussion with Adolf Hitler in October 1938 on the German plans to expel European Jews to Africa, is seen as characteristic of the antisemitic discourse in Poland under the colonels’ regime,[2] Lispki responding enthusiastically to Hitler’s suggestions with “if he can find such a solution we will erect him a beautiful monument in Warsaw”.[2][3][4]

“A bastard, an anti-Semitic pig, you cannot put it any other way,” Putin says, referring to what he said were the diaries of the Polish ambassador in Germany.

“He expressed full solidarity with Hitler in his anti-Semitic views,” the Russian leader says.

Vladimir Putin recalled the vicious developments that preceded the Second World War, in an address to the Defense Ministry board on Tuesday, telling his audience there was one particular fact in the archive files that touched him the most. Back in 1938, Adolf Hitler hosted the Polish Ambassador to Germany Józef Lipski and shared with him a plan to send European Jews to Africa where they would surely perish, Putin said.

“The Ambassador in Poland replied, and then wrote it down in his cable to the Polish Foreign Minister: ‘I told Hitler that, if he does, we will erect a magnificent monument to him in Warsaw’,” the President quoted from the archive data, before turning somewhat emotional.

He slams what he called attempts to erase the memory of Soviet victory in countries in Moscow’s former sphere of influence.

“It is people like those who negotiated with Hitler — it is people like that who today are tearing down monuments to the liberating warriors, the Red Army soldiers who freed Europe and the European people from the Nazis”. “They are their followers,” the President concluded.

“Little has changed and we should take this into account when we build our armed forces, among other things.”

Russia is developing state-of-the-art weapons and is no longer playing a game of catch-up with the West, Putin said.

“This is a unique situation in our modern history: they are playing catch-up with us,” he added.

Last week, Putin blamed the Western powers and Poland for World War II, pointing to various treaties signed with Nazi Germany before the conflict began in 1939.

Putin’s words were aimed at a bizarre resolution by the European Parliament, which claimed that the 1939 non-aggression treaty between the USSR and Nazi Germany – known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by the names of Soviet and German Foreign Ministers – had “paved the way for the outbreak of the Second World War.”

But to Putin, signing a pact with Hitler was choosing between bad and worse, namely, the Soviet Union having less time to prepare for the German offensive. Meanwhile, other European nations did not behave any better, he reminded.

Starting from 1938, when Hitler lodged his claims to a part of Czechoslovakia, Great Britain and France surrendered their ally, although [Prague] had a mutual assistance agreement with France, and provided Hitler with the opportunity to seize [the German-inhabited regions of the country].

A year later, the Third Reich invaded Poland, the Eastern European country that had actually “colluded” with Hitler before the war, as historical records show.

— AFP