I would like to comment on the recent Rydz Smigly discussions.
History tells us that every nation will, at some time or other,
suffer a period of intense national calamity or indeeed a "Golden
period" - Poland, of course, has experienced the two extremes.
September 1939, which ever way you look at it (or whatever your
poltical or personal persuasion) was a disaster for the Polish state
and nation. The reasons for such a disaster are varied and not
confined to one particular sphere or individual.
As regards past events we must accept, however relunctantly, that
certain passages of Polish history (especially with the benefit of
hindsight)are not, and do not deserve to be, viewed favourably. This
does not make us any less patriotic merely realistic - if we do not
view past history even handedly ourselves then we cannot complain if
others fail to afford us the same curtesy.
If we blindly deny that certain events in Polish History were not
particularly glorious, then we find ourselves open to the same
accusations that we lay at the door of the "Pre 1956 historians" -
namely we choose which history is correct and anything else is just
dismissed as propaganda. Is this not also the same mehod employed by
the infamous Russian publication Pravda ?
As for Paul Neumann's qualifications on writing Polish History (why
is it if we disagree with someone's point of view we question their
ethnic origin - wasn't the great period of history built on tolerance
and inclusivity??) I would bring the members attention to another
section on the same web site, by the same author:
Here in one of the most Pro Polish accounts of September 1939 I have
ever read, Paul Neumann exposes as a lie the often repeated version
of history that Polish Forces folded within days of the German
invasion. To the contrary, he provides many examples of Polish
heroism and gallantry. So do we choose to believe this because it is
favourable, but disregard the other post September 1939 account
because it is less pleasant to read??
In conclusion I would like to say that we should look and learn from
past Polish History and apply the lessons to be learnt to our own
group - lets stop arguing amongst ourselves, because that way lies