In the book "POLAND, RUSSIA AND GREAT BRITAIN 1941-1945" by
R. Umiastowski, the editors note on page 152, reads as follows :
"Zygmunt Berling, a retired Lieutenant-Colonel, was a descendent of
the German colonists. At the beginning of 1939, he was released from
the Polish Army as inefficient. His character revealed a great self-
appraisal of his own gifts and qualifications,with the complex that
he had never been fully appreciated by his superiors. .....
........Guided by his own personal ambitions, Berling transferred his
loyalties to the Russian camp. Moscow rewarded his action by
appointing him a Soviet General. By the end of 1944, he was sacked
and his name no longer heard in Soviet propaganda."
-- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
, "greg_olma" <olmag@...> wrote:
> While he did join the Polish United Workers Party in 1963, it seems
> that Berling wasn't a communist before or during WWII. He served
> Pilsudski in the Polish-Russian war, etc. He was probably a
> as was Pilsudski and many other Polish leaders of the time.
> Berling was also targeted by Polish nationalists (Dmowskites,
> etc) as a closet Jew (socialist) in the late thirties, during an
> period of antisemitism and anti-monority repression instigated bv
> nationalist elements just prior to the war.
> Berling resigned his commission in the Polish Army in 1939. He was
> Roman Catholic, however and was baptized as one.
> I'll bet that Berling would be unwilling to expose himself to NKVD
> reprisals, even death as a traitor, for encouraging Soviet soldiers
> Polish descent to desert.
> He did order his troops to assault Warsaw during the uprising ans
> removed from command for it.
> It seems that some consider only the AK and the II Corps and the
> of t he Polish Forces in west as the the only true patriots, but I'm
> that Poles who fought in the east would disagree.