The Rape of Poland: Pattern of Soviet Aggression

By Stanislaw Mikolajczyk | Go to book overview
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Chapter Three ALLY
Russia is churlish about our aid Our officers are missing Stalin wants the Polish East Appeasement grows

IT now plainly became the task of Poland to aid to the best of its ability the same Red forces that had stabbed at our back in 1939, consumed the eastern half of our country, packed off about 250,000 of our troops to Russian prisoner-of-war camps and deported 1,500,000 Polish civilians to Russian slave camps.

There was no hesitation. Our cabinet in London met on the day Hitler attacked Stalin's forces and tried to make its pledges of cooperation heard above the happy sound of Mr. Churchill welcoming the Russians to the Allied camp and the less enthusiastic statement by United States Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles. Churchill was little short of rapturous. Welles asserted that while Communist doctrines were regarded by the USA as intolerable as those of nazism, the immediate issue was whether Hitler's systematic plan for universal conquest and enslavement of the peoples could be defeated.

"In the opinion of this Government," Welles declared, "any rallying of the forces opposing the German leaders will therefore be to the benefit of our own defense and security." The following day the United States released all frozen Russian assets in America.

Our own tempered sympathies lay wholly with the Russians. Polish under

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