‘The truth that must not die’ campaign on WWII history is carried in world media

As part of the “The truth must not die” campaign, President Andrzej Duda, PM Mateusz Morawiecki and world-renowned historians are publishing articles in international media raising alarm against the falsification of the history of WWII and presenting reliable results of research on this tragic period in the history of Poland, Europe and humanity.

One of the coordinators of the campaign Eryk Mistewicz of the Institute for New Media (INM) told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that it is with the help of "undisputed authorities [that] we pass on the truth about the history of Europe…”

"We want to pass on the truth told by countries which cooperate with one another in solidarity – countries, which do not re-interpret history so that it fits their immediate needs," said Mr Mistewicz.

Carried out by the INM and the National Media Foundation, the campaign traces its beginning back to the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII that was solemnly commemorated in Warsaw.

A dozen or so articles were published by some of the most popular dailies worldwide. Thanks to the reprinting of those articles in other papers, a multiplier effect cause the number of readers, and thus the recipients of the campaign, exceed 450 mln people, Mr Mistewicz said.

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 WWII... so is Russia once again trying to portray the Soviet Union as the one that liberated the world from Nazism." The PM went on to stress that the Soviet occupation, which was to last for another 45 years after the doubtful liberation was served, 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 2 articles written by British historian Roger Moorhouse and US author Allen Paulde, dedicated to the issue of falsification of the history of WWII. Mr Moorhouse is the author of, among other works, "The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941." Meanwhile, Mr Paul is known as the author of a book entitled "Katyń: Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth."

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

In the coming days, the Washington Post, Die Welt and Le Figaro will publish 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 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact will also appear on Der Tagesspiegel, The Washington Post and L'Opinion websites.