European survey identifies Poland as victim of WWII: report

An overwhelming majority of respondents to a pan-European survey have identified Poland as a victim of World War II, according to a report.

A photo made available by the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum shows the unloading ramp and the Gate of Death at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp in southern Poland in the winter of 1945.

A photo made available by the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum shows the unloading ramp and the „‚Gate of Death” at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp in southern Poland in the winter of 1945. Photo: EPA/STANISLAW MUCHA/www.auschwitz.org

Ninety-seven percent of those polled in Britain said Poland was a victim of the conflict, the wpolityce.pl website has reported, citing a study by researcher United Surveys.

Among respondents in other European countries, 88 percent of those surveyed in France and 85 percent of Germans identified Poland as a victim of the war, the website reported.

The survey findings come as the world prepares to commemorate 75 years since the liberation of the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, and amid a bitter dispute between Warsaw and Moscow over World War II history.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in an opinion piece published this week that “renewed attempts to paint Poland as a perpetrator, rather than a victim, can’t be tolerated.”

He also said that the Polish losses caused by World War II were among the highest in the world: 6 million Poles were killed, including 3 million Polish Jews, and the country was completely ruined.

Morawiecki argued in his piece that „the truth about World War II and the fate of Central and Eastern Europe is an integral part of Europe’s tragic heritage.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin last month suggested that Poland was partly responsible for the outbreak of World War II, and claimed that the Soviet Union helped “save lives” after it invaded Poland in 1939 following the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the USSR and Nazi Germany.

The comments triggered anger in Warsaw, with Morawiecki saying at the time that Putin “has lied about Poland on numerous occasions, and he has always done it deliberately.”

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk last month said Putin was pursuing a „dangerous narrative campaign” against Poland.

Polish President Andrzej Duda has accused Putin of “post-Stalinist revisionism” and of trying to shift the blame for the outbreak of World War II onto Poland.

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Source: wpolityce.pl

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