Experts discussed reasons and consequences of history falsifications in Poland

As part of the Russian “Roads of Victory” motor rally, the discussion club at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Warsaw held a meeting dedicated to reasons and consequences of history falsifications. Participants of the motor rally planned to visit Soviet soldiers’ burial and monument sites in some Polish cities in 5 days.

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Johan Bäckman, Finnish political scientist and human rights worker, said in his speech during the conference: “Unfortunately, we have noted similar processes of history falsification in many European countries in recent years. The falsification of Second World War history began in the 1980s, when first famous western historians founded this history school.”

According to him, the most evident examples of history falsification are seen in Poland and Baltic states.

“The core of this falsification is in distorting picture of WWII in the memory of generations. The main goal is to cultivate the sense of guilt because of the fact that they were allegedly the occupied ones,” he clarified.

Jerzy Tyc, the head of the Polish organization (Memorial commonwealth) "Kursk", admitted the presence of real threat to organization’s operation. This Polish public organization’s activity focused on restoration of monuments and burials to Soviet soldiers in Poland. He marked reverse correlation of sympathy to organization’s activities between public opinions in Russia and Poland. Jerzy Tyc said, “There is no direct threats from Polish government to the organization now, but I know that they keep tracking.” He also mentioned that the organization worked legally and received all funds officially.

The “Roads of Victory” motor rally is held from 1st to 5th of March. About 100 people participate in the event, such as representatives of public organizations, including Polish ones, journalists, bloggers, political scientists and historians.

Participants of the rally visited Polish town Olsztyn. According to the initial plan, they are to lay wreaths and flowers to monuments and burials of Soviet soldiers in Warsaw, Kielce, Krakow, Rzeszów and other Polish cities. They will also visit burials desecrated by vandals. The total mileage of the motor rally is about 2000 kilometers.