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.

@LechSBorkowski

From the Communist foundry to the top of IMF

My comment following The Times article “Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva emerges as sole contender for IMF’s top job”, 10 September 2019.

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Georgieva obtained MA in political economy and sociology from the Karl Marx Institute of Higher Economics in Sofia in 1976. This was the foundry of top Communist cadres. She obtained a PhD from the same institution in 1986.

Georgieva wrote in her official CV, which was available at one of EU websites, that she graduated from the University of National and World Economy. However, the Karl Marx name was dropped and replaced in 1990. Anyone graduating before 1990 had Karl Marx on their diploma.

These institutions were Communist not just in name. They carefully selected their students. The control was full. Thus, Georgieva’s education and PhD were clearly Communist.

In her CV, she boasts of having authored more than hundred publications. A quick check in the Scopus author database reveals eight publications carrying her name, with a total of six citations.
Most of these were the result of her bureaucratic and political function in the EU and were not the result of research.

It is reasonable to assume that she does not have to bring her own laptop to her current job at the World Bank. I wasn’t so lucky. When I worked at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, I had to bring my own laptop to work. The university would not provide me with one. The difference between me and Georgieva lies in the fact that I come from a family persecuted by the Communists in Poland and I obtained my PhD in the United States (University of Florida) in 1995.

In 2015, my wife and I were both fired from our jobs. She worked with great success as a pianist and piano teacher at the State School of Music in Zielona Góra, Poland. She is a granddaughter of Aleksander Głuchowski, a Polish officer who fought in WWII from the first days of September 1939. He was imprisoned by the Communist secret police after his return to Poland from the UK in 1947.

We did not agree to lying, falsifying results of student examinations. We wrote critical letters to the top authorities.

I presume Georgieva did not have such problems.

@LechSBorkowski

On WWII, memory management and control

I posted the following comment following the article Forgive us for starting the Second World War, Germany begs Poland in The Times:


The war was started by a joint German-Soviet invasion of Poland. Each of the invaders occupied roughly half of the country.

Joint Communist-Nazi victory parade was held in Brześć on the Bug river (Brest-Litovsk) on 22 September 1939. An interesting and highly symbolic photo can be viewed at https://lsborkowski.com/pol/joint-communist-nazi-victory-parade/. The Nazis and the Communists marched amicably in one triumphant column. Hammer and sickle in a brotherly embrace with the swastika.

Ideological differences notwithstanding, both Nazi and Soviet occupations implemented similar terror.

One remarkable early victim was Janusz Kusociński, winner of the 10k race in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932. He got involved in efforts to organize resistance immediately after the German occupation began. He was arrested in March 1940 and shot in the forest near Warsaw on 21 June 1940.

After the war, Communists organised yearly athletic competition in Warsaw under Kusociński’s name: Memoriał Kusocińskiego. The first one was held in 1954. This was an exercise in the control and management of memory. Kusociński was killed by the Germans, not the Russians, which made his name eligible for such manipulation.

Around 2011 the Kusociński competition was expelled from Warsaw to Szczecin (Stettin). I am not sure if the competition was not inactive for a few years before that. A ridiculous move. Kusociński had no connection to Szczecin/Stettin, which was a German city before WWII. His name was, in a way, disposed of, to make space for a more recent name of someone else, thus confirming the post-1990 continuity of the Communist policy of memory management and control.

My wife’s grandfather, Aleksander Głuchowski, fought in the September 1939 campaign and facing defeat crossed the border to Lithuania to be interned there, rather than fall into the German or Russian hands. After Lithuania’s invasion by the Soviet Union, he was imprisoned in an Orthodox monastery near Kozelsk, the same place, from which thousands of Polish officers were transported to the execution site in the Katyn forest near Smolensk in the Spring of 1940. He was later transferred to Gryazovets in northern Russia.

Following the Nazis move eastward in June 1941, the Soviets were much more organised and disciplined in killing thousands of Polish citizens they earlier imprisoned [, than fighting the German army]. Some prisoners were forced to go on exhaustive marches East. Thousands either died of exhaustion or were killed in those marches.

The memory management and control policy eliminated those victims from memory and history.

The Wannsee conference of the senior Nazis was held in January 1942. The policy of the mass slaughter of Jews was decided upon and implemented.

Aleksander was eventually released by the Soviets and joined the Polish forces formed under the western Allies command.

He was not able to participate in the Allied victory parade in London in 1946. 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.

When Aleksander returned to Poland in 1947, he was immediately arrested by the Communist secret police. When he was later released, he was exhausted and sick. He died in 1952 at the young age of 45. His wife died in 1945, shortly after the end of the war, probably of similar reasons: sickness and exhaustion. They last saw each other when Aleksander left to fight in September 1939.

In a database focused on victims of Communist terror (oficial word: “repression”, “terror” is inconvenient –> management and control of memory) his imprisonment in 1947 is omitted.

My own parents, Bolesław Borkowski and Irena Borkowska (Ostrowska), were also purged from the list of victims. When a “database of victims”, in which I was expected to find their names, was released few years ago, their names were not there. Memory management and control. My father deserted with the arms from the Communist army one day before the military oath was taken. This was on 13 January 1945. The entire company deserted. His group crossed the line which was imposed as the new eastern Polish border and was later surrounded and captured by NKVD after a battle, in which he was wounded. They were held in a citadel in the same Brześć, in which September 1939, the Nazi and Communist forces held joint victory parade. Conditions were horrible. The inmates were tortured.

My father avoided torture by putting his life on the line. When the NKVD man tried to get up from his desk, he knew what would come. He warned him to not even try because he himself was ready to die rather than yield to torture. He shouted at the Soviet: “You are worse than the Nazis!”. There was also an element of luck, of course. He was sentenced by the NKVD War Tribunal in June 1945 to ten years of hard labour camp. He was held in a camp in the Arkhangelsk area.

My mother was imprisoned by the Soviets in 1949 for her family helping Polish anti-Communist resistance. Her father and younger brother were arrested at the time as well. She was held in a hard labour camp from 1949 to 1956. When they found her brother’s whereabouts at the time when many camp prisoners were being released, he was completely damaged. He barely knew his name and he could not tell where he was held. This was the result of torture. You can see his picture online https://lsborkowski.com/pol/letter-malgorzata-gluchowska-lech-borkowski-prime-minister-poland-10-december-2017/

For my mother, the war which began in 1939, never ended.

Desertions from the Communist army were and still are taboo subjects. Memory management and control.

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

In the last months of the war, the British PM Winston Churchill signed an illegal agreement with the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in Yalta, in which they decided to determine jointly the post-war borders of Poland. The border was to coincide roughly with the border of the Soviet occupation zone following the 1939 invasion.

The Yalta agreement was disastrous for dozens of millions of people. It was signed against the wishes of the people inhabiting the territories involved. Polish legal government, then in exile in London, was bypassed.

Churchill famously said at the end of WWI “When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin”. Clearly an imperial view of other nations.

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.

Both of my parents came from eastern Poland, which fell under the Soviet occupation during WWII and afterwards.

The official narrative about WWII in Poland is a firm proof of the continuation of the Communist policy. The Museum of WWII was located in Gdansk/Danzig instead of Warsaw to demonstrate that WWII was the war against Germany and to anchor the war firmly in the German context.

Lech Borkowski

Social terror in Poland

Another comment I wrote under the same article in the Telegraph as mentioned in my previous blog post.

“Lech Borkowski

After many years of bullying and all kinds of harassment of our family, my wife and I were expelled from our state jobs for political reasons in 2015. I worked as an associate professor of Physics at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan My wife Malgorzata Gluchowska is a pianist and she worked as a piano teacher in the State School of Music in Zielona Góra.

Whenever we objected to the violations of law or violations of our rights, we were threatened with the job loss either explicitly or implicitly.

Our family has been subjected to an extremely vicious campaign of bullying and harassment. Our daughter was attacked in her elementary school as well. You can read about it online at lsborkowski.com/pol/

My wife was eventually dismissed as psychologically unfit for her job despite being the best, the most successful piano teacher in the school.

These are mechanisms of social terror employed by the Communist regime. Nothing changed, except for superficial, meaningless symbolism. Crosses displayed in public places should be viewed more through the prism of the Red Army Choir’s triumphant visit to the Vatican in 2004, where they celebrated the 26th anniversary of pope John Paul’s pontificate. You can find this concert on youtube. The last song that evening was “Oka”, a hymn of the Polish Communist army organised in the Soviet Union in 1943.”

Poland, EU, Brexit

On 19 August 2019 The Telegraph (London) published an article by Madeline Grant My trip to Poland left me more convinced than ever that we are right to leave the EU to fulfil its superstate ambitions.

The author wrote about her experience during the literary festival in Sopot in Poland.

I participated in the discussion following the article, making a series of comments. Here is the first of them.

“Lech Borkowski 20 Aug 2019 12:01PM

First, I think one should get a grip on the basics. Much has been written about the so-called “velvet” revolution in Eastern Europe, the mythical rise of “the people”. In truth the reorganisation of the 1980s and 1990s was simply a remodelling of the old prison. The camp is now beautified with money pouring in from the EU.

The outside observers have been confused by the cacophony, the noise, and the supposed magic rebirth of pre-WWII parties, political views, and dangerous organisations. Religious sceptics, the non-believers, believed in a miracle: the most sinister, the most perfidious and the most advanced dictatorship ever known simply collapsed under its own weight.

The first allegedly non-communist prime minister of Poland in 1989, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, was a three-time member of the Communist parliament. Each time he was “elected” with about 97 to 99 percent of the vote. While he was formally not a Communist party member, there is no higher Comunist distinction than 99 percent of the vote.

Another “hero” of the “opposition” was Adam Michnik, son of a convicted spy of the Soviet Russia in the 1930s.

The current supposedly nationalist and populist leader of the ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, is a son of a Communist party member. His mother had a highly privileged job in the Institute of Literary Studies in Warsaw.

Former allegedly center-right president (2010-2015) Bronisław Komorowski comes from a family most faithfully and obediently serving the Communist regime. His parents worked in one editorial office with the top ideologues of the Communist party in the 1960s.

The “architect” of the big-bang transition to capitalism was Leszek Balcerowicz, a former Communist party member and an employee of the Institute for Basic Problems of Marxism-Leninism in Warsaw.

Lecturers in Oxford and Cambridge continue to peddle the drugs of the velvet revolution and the “transition to democracy”.

E. European countries are now part of the EU.

Do you believe in miracles?

@LechSBorkowski

Comment to an article on bullying

The Sunday Times (London), 25 August 2019, published an article about bullying:

Fresh complaints over ‘toxic’ workplace culture at Edinburgh University vet school

This is a follow-up on an article published earlier this month Edinburgh University vet school ‘run like the Stasi’, in which Andrew Brown, a senior lecturer, was quoted to have written in his letter to the head of the University’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, “I have worked at several universities in my career, and never have I encountered the degree of bullying, harassment, intimidation, and discrimination that I have here. The atmosphere is utterly toxic, and everyone is scared to say anything in case it is heard and reported . . . it is like working with the East German Stasi.”

One person quoted in last Sunday’s article said “Bullying and harassment are threats to basic health and safety and cannot be tolerated.”

Here is the comment I published under the latest article.

“This is a very important problem that does not receive enough attention.

In my case, my entire family was targeted in a coordinated bullying across different institutions in Poland. I guess you can call it state-sponsored bullying. In this case the state looks less like the the word “the state” suggests and instead functions more like a criminal organisation based on threats and coercion. Losing one’s job is a powerful threat.

The law was being violated openly and nobody cared. Among many things, examination grades were falsified at the university, where I worked and at the school of music, where my wife worked. When we notified the prosecutor’s office for the first time our daughter was attacked immediately in her elementary school.

There was a whole campaign of social violence against us. It was always there but it became extremely intense in 2011 and continues to this day. We were both fired in 2015. In my wife’s case a false medical statement was fabricated claiming she could not continue in her job of a pianist and piano teacher. She was the most successful member of the 18-member piano section in her school.

The top authorities, including four prime ministers, two presidents, numerous ministers and MPs have received very detailed information. Also many media received information from us but remained silent.

Bullying is a form of coercive control. It may be perpetrated not only by more powerful and privileged individuals but also by well organised groups, thus becoming a form of organised crime.

@LechSBorkowski”

There is, of course, a huge difference between the UK and Poland. In the UK, like in most western countries’, bullying is usually a local affair. In Poland, bullying and harassment is highly organised and is an indispensable part of the system.

I went twice to the Poznań office of Gazeta Wyborcza, the daily with the largest circulation, in Poland in 2012. I told them about my experience at the Adam Mickiewicz University. They completely ignored what I told them. This is perfectly logical, as media in Poland are part of the oppressive system.

EC President’s Fake Biography

I sent the following comment to the webmaster of the European Council. Their website contains a biography of D. Tusk, former Poland’s prime minister, currently president of the EC.

London, UK, 5 October 2018

Sir,

This official Donald Tusks’s biography is fake. The “opposition” to communist dictatorship was set up by the communist dictatorship itself. He was trained by the communists to be one of future leaders, who would pretend to be against communism, while protecting communists and representing their interests. There was no such thing as authentic underground opposition movement in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s.

My wife and I were persecuted for political reasons during his term in office as prime minister of Poland. We were both expelled from our jobs in the autumn of 2015.

He was fully informed about actions against our family and fully approved the persecution. He is guilty of severe violations of human rights and constitutional rights.

You can read more about it at lsborkowski.com/pol/

I am publishing this comment on the aforementioned website. I am also mailing it to the European Parliament.

Lech Borkowski, Ph. D. (Physics, University of Florida 1995)

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Physics Today article on Hans Hellmann

Physics Today published the article “The tragic story of Hans Hellmann” on 28 September 2018.

Hans Hellmann, born in 1903, was a German quantum chemist, who lost his university job in Nazi Germany in 1934. He then moved with his wife and son to the Soviet Union where he was employed in the Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry in Moscow. On 9 March 1938 he was arrested by NKVD, falsely accused of espionage and executed on 29 May 1938.

“Despite his success, or perhaps partly because of the jealousy his success may have wrought, Hellmann seemed to recognize that he was under suspicion.”

The standard method to liquidate a person in Communist dictatorships is to use relatives, acquaintances, people possibly nearest to him/her at the workplace. The Communist dictatorship fully subordinates the personal sphere to the state. Science is no exception. The abandonment of any ethical and moral qualms and full surrender to the demands of the criminal collective of the state was the surest way to social and professional advance.

“She spotted a notice on the wall denouncing her husband, which was signed by two of his colleagues. One of them took over Hellmann’s research group after the arrest.”

There is no need to protect the perpetrators.

Similar scenarios were commonly applied throughout Communist countries.

It is also very important to understand that the mechanisms and methods of organized social violence are not things of the past.