"The truth that must not die" educational campaign

2020-01-22 22:16 update: 2020-01-25, 13:59
Military parade of Hitler and Stalin in Brest-Litovsk (28 IX 1939). Photo PAP/archive
Military parade of Hitler and Stalin in Brest-Litovsk (28 IX 1939). Photo PAP/archive
Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, President Andrzej Duda and world-renowned historians are posting articles in international media in which they point to the falsification of the history of WWII and present reliable results of research on this tragic period in the history of Poland and Europe.

"Through the fountain pens of undisputed authorities we pass on the truth about the history of Europe," Eryk Mistewicz, head of the Instytut Nowych Mediow (Institute for New Media) has told PAP. Mistewicz, together with the National Media Foundation, is cooperating in the implementation of the "The truth that must not die' campaign. 

"We want to pass on the truth of countries which cooperate in solidarity, which do not re-interpret history according to current needs," said Mistewicz.
The "The truth that must not die" educational campaign is a continuation of an action which was launched in 2019 in connection with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two.

A dozen or so articles were carried by most popular dailies. Later, thanks to the fact that they were willingly reprinted in more papers they reached over 450 million readers, said Eryk Mistewicz.

On Tuesday, the Politico portal carried an extensive article by PM Mateusz Morawiecki in which he appealed for a common European position towards Russian attempts to distort the history of the 20th century.

The head of the Polish government pointed out that just like "Soviet propaganda dictated the narrative of World War II, (...) Russia once again is trying to present the Soviet Union as the one who liberated the world from Nazism," when in fact the Soviet occupation, which was to last for another 45 years, cost millions of lives and robbed Poland and Central Europe of their independence and the chance for normal economic development. 

On Wednesday, The Washington Post published two articles devoted to falsification of the history of World War Two written by  
British historian Roger Moorhouse, author of, among other works, "The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941" and by American writer Allen Paul, author of an also popular in Poland book titled "Katyn: Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth."

Both authors drew attention to the common interests of Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany which found their fulfilment in the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact, as well as the Soviet origin of arguments raised today against Poland. Roger Moorhouse assessed that there is not a grain of truth in accusations that Poland's cooperation with Hitler led to the outbreak of World War Two.  

The Washington Post, Die Welt and Le Figaro will publish in the coming days more articles by Polish President Andrzej Duda in connection with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.  

Texts by Roger Moorhouse, Allen Paul and Polish historian Wojciech Roszkowski on the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact will also appear in the internet editions of Der Tagesspiegel, The Washington Post and L'Opinion.

"Truth requires work round the clock, especially when there appear acts hostile towards Polish memory," said Mistewicz. (PAP)