Neil MacGregor in The Times; more of the same

My comment following the article “The two Britains that exasperate and enchant the rest of the world” by Neil MacGregor in The Times.

After reading this article, I listened to MacGregor’s episode on Poland in his series “As Others See Us”.

Towards the end of the episode he says “because our contributors come from opposite ends of the political spectrum in Poland”.

As I said earlier, Sikorski is a Communist-trained political functionary.

The film director Agnieszka Holland is a daughter of a well known Communist Henryk Holland.

“The academic Agnieszka Graff invited me to her summer retreat in the far east of Poland.”

There is no such thing as “the far east of Poland”.

Both of my parents as well as both parents of my wife came from eastern Poland, which was seized and occupied by the Soviet Union after WW2. Thus the use of the phrase “the far east of Poland” in relation to a location within present-day borders of Poland is a pro-Soviet/pro-Russian device.

Graff makes at one point a reference to “a cult comedy from the 1980s”. I know the film and it is not a cult comedy. It is a Communist film with plenty of instructional material.

Pawel Ukielski, director of the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising 1944, is a member of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, a phony bureaucracy designed to make a little bit of background noise without doing any damage to the Communist and Russian cause. He was a deputy director of the Institute of National Remembrance in Poland, also a phony institution, designed to blend fact and fiction, while firmly preserving Communist and Russian interests and eliminating as many victims from memory as possible. He was one of the voices behind the idea that the Soviet monuments should not be destroyed but moved instead to a former Soviet army base. Truly Bolshevik idea.

MacGregor’s episode on Poland is just another masquerade. Pretending to show different points of view, while firmly sticking to the usual suspects.

He says at one point

“And in a final irony of a war declared explicitly for Poland, Polish servicemen and women did not take part in the great Victory Parade in Whitehall.”

This sentence is indeed worthy of praise from the Russian authorities. It seems to suggest that the Poles somehow decided not to participate. The British government preferred to appease the Communists and issued the invitation for the parade to the Communists in Warsaw. The Poles fighting on the western front were excluded.

Keep in mind, that the Soviets killed thousands of Polish resistance members when they advanced westwards into the Polish territory in 1944-45.

This was the reason behind my father’s decision to desert from the Communist army on 13 January 1945, one day before the military oath was to take place. Being a member of the Communist army you would not fight for independent Poland. You would fight one enemy for the benefit of another one.

Of course, the American and British leaders had no right to determine Polish post-WWII borders and the Yalta deal was illegal. Yalta is a symbol of western very deep cognitive disaster vis-a-vis Communism which continues today.