The Truth About Poland

December 16, 2011 sexyknees

Long Live Poland!

If you grew up around the time I did, you would have heard many jokes told at the expense of the Polish.  Amongst them were such classics as, “how many Pollacks does it take to screw in a light bulb?”  I was never pleased with this form of degrading humor as I always found the wonderful people of Poland as being very brave, strong, and historically significant.  Allow me to illuminate!

During the ’80’s, the Solidarity Movement – otherwise known as the Niezależny Samorządny Związek Zawodowy “Solidarność”  – was the first self-governing trade union to face the communists.  They stood their ground, and as a result sparked the beginning of the dismantling of the Warsaw Pact and eventually the Soviet Union itself.  In fact, the leader of the Solidarity Movement, Lech Walesa, became the president of Poland after the collapse of communist rule.

We have all heard of the final stand of the Polish lancers against the Nazi German invaders in 1939, most often told in jest.  In truth, the famous charge of the Polish lancers at the battle of Krojanty never occurred.  This was a propaganda device of the German invaders to belittle the defenders.  What did happen, however, was the successful execution of a maneuver by mounted Polish cavalry units to slow the advance of the German army and save the civilians of the village of Krojanty – at the cost of many brave Polish soldiers.

During the war, Polish soldiers and aviators by the thousands began to arrive in England to help support the war against Nazi Germany.  In the liberation of Europe, a total of 249,000 Polish nationals fought alongside allied forces and helped free the world of Hitler’s grasp.  These brave men and women of Poland fought harder and more effectively than most, and we owe them a great debt of gratitude for their sacrifice.  This is not meant to belittle the sacrifice of other allied combatants, by the way – I just want Poland to get the recognition it deserves!

It is important to note that Poland really got shafted in WWII.  Not only were they invaded by aggressive Nazi forces from the West, but were also struck by Soviet forces from the East 16 days later.  The end result was that the brave defenders of the nation of Poland had absolutely no chance to fend off their invaders.  Tens of thousands of Polish soldiers were executed and buried in mass graves by both German and Soviet forces – most infamous of which was the Katyn massacre during which 20,000 civilians and soldiers were tortured and shot by the Soviet NKVD.  Additionally, during the Warsaw Uprising near the end of the war (August 1, 1944), Polish Resistance fighters rose up against evacuating German troops expecting support from the approaching Soviet army.  To the horror of the defenders, the Soviets halted their advance just outside the city and allowed the Germans to regroup and eliminate the Resistance to prevent any opposition to their occupation after the war.  Nice, eh?

Please join me in thanking the people of Poland for their bravery and sacrifice both during WWII and in the elimination of the communist bloc.  They are a wonderful and kind people to whom we owe a great deal, and worthy of being remembered as the citizens of an empire which once spanned from the Baltic to the Black Sea.   Poland Sto Lat!

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  • 1. Leefosy Jar-Barf  |  August 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you for your attention to this matter. As a Polish refugee with my family, I lived through the Solidarity Movement.
    My dad escaped 2 years after I was born. I was born in ’78, so ’80. He stuck around for 2 years to have memories with me. We (myself, brother, mom) did see him for 4 years, although he kept contact with letters and packages.

    It really touches my heart that anyone would take time to appreciate this time-frame in World History.

    We are from the South-West part of Poland. The town & village I am from were not on many world atlas’s for long periods of time. Napoleon & Hitler designed the architecture of the town I grew up in. That same architecture still prevails to this day.

    Only recently, thanks to Ancient Aliens, there have been 2 episodes covering the infamous ‘Nazi Bell”…My village is literally bicycle distance from the exact location, ie, ‘Owl Mountains’…

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