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Between two totalitarianisms . Poland in the World War II. Paweł Ukielski Ph.D. Soviet Minister of Int. Affairs, Molotov, is signing the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, Moscow, August 23, 1939 . Secret Protocol .

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Betweentwototalitarianisms.

Poland intheWorld War II

Paweł Ukielski Ph.D.

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Soviet Minister of Int. Affairs, Molotov, is signing the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, Moscow, August 23, 1939.
secret protocol
Secret Protocol

Map of divided Poland attached to theHitler – Stalin Pact. Thick black line in the middle marks the German - Soviet border.

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German (Sept. 1, 1939) and Sovietinvasion of Poland (Sept. 17, 1939). Black and red arrowsmark the mainaxesof attack
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Polish 303 Fighter SquadronduringBattle of Britainachieved the highestnumbers of kills of any allied squadron
the katy massacre
The Katyń Massacre

5 March 1940.

The protocol sentencing to death more the 20.000 Polish officers

teheran conference nov 28 1943 dec 1 1943 from the left stalin f d roosevelt w churchill
Teheran Conference, Nov. 28, 1943-Dec. 1, 1943 (from the left: Stalin, F.D.Roosevelt, W.Churchill)
genocide
Genocide

On 1st August Hitler gave an order to killallinhabitants of Warsaw

the „Slaughter of Wola district” – ca. 40.000 victims of mass executionswithin 3 days

Numerous mass killingsafterwithdrawal of the order

democratic state
Democratic State

Over 150 titles of insurgent press – issued by allpoliticalmovements

Lawsissued by authorities

Sovereign state attributes

Civilsociety – organizingeveryday life inthe city

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“Further, havingfamiliarizedmyselfmorecloselywiththeWarsaw adventure, I amconvincedthatthe Warsaw action represents a recklessadventure...”Joseph Stalin to Winston Churchill, August 16, 1944.

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‘’Poland is our oldest ally in this war…Poland is a country which I, as an Englishmen, am proud to call an ally…I would like to make an appeal to the British Nation…HELP FOR WARSAW!’’Lt John Ward, a British war correspondent, despatchsentfrom Warsaw on September 6, 1944.

two uprisings a comparison
Two uprisings – a comparison…

Paris – August 1944

Warsaw – January 1945

political persecutions
Political persecutions

The trial of Sixteen

Cavalry Capt. Witold Pilecki

summary
SUMMARY
  • THREE LEVELS OF WARSAW RISING’S SIGNIFICANCE:
  • LOCAL – identity of the city of Warsaw
  • NATIONAL – Warsaw Rising as an independent Poland
  • GLOBAL – understanding of XX century as a century of totalitarianregimes