The Rape of Poland: Pattern of Soviet Aggression

By Stanislaw Mikolajczyk | Go to book overview

Chapter Five LOSS OF A PATRIOT AND MORE
Sikorski dies I am named Prime Minister Teheran decisions Bierut goes to Warsaw

THE rupture of Polish-Soviet relations in April, 1943, did not stop Poland's participation in the war against Hitler and our efforts to reestablish our relations with the Kremlin in the interests of Allied unity. Three days after the break, General Sikorski formally denied the Russian charges that we sought any part of Soviet territory, reminded Stalin that thousands of our men were still fighting the common foe, and pledged that Poland would continue to live up to the pacts that it had signed with Russia to prosecute the war and to restore Polish independence after the war.

Stalin made no direct reply, but on May 4, 1943, in the course of answering two questions submitted to him by the Moscow correspondent of the London Times and The New York Times the Marshal explained himself:

Question: Does the government of the U.S.S.R. desire to see a strong and independent Poland after the defeat of Hitlerite Germany?

Stalin: Unquestionably, it does.

Question: On what fundamentals is it your opinion that relations between Poland and the U.S.S.R. should be based after the war?

Stalin: Upon the fundamentals of solid good neighborly relations and mutual re-

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