Gomulka, Wladyslaw
April 1960
Foreign Affairs;Apr1960, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p402
Academic Journal
This article presents information on the foreign policy of the Polish People's Republic. Less than two centuries ago, at a time when the United States had won its independence, Poland lost hers. Three mighty and predatory powers partitioned the country and for over 140 years the Polish people were deprived of their statehood. Only the abolition of Tsarism, the victory of the socialist revolution in Russia, and the defeat of Germany and Austria opened the road to Poland's independence. The policy of Poland between the two world wars was permeated with hostility and hatred towards the Soviet Union. This was the cause of her doom. The politically reactionary and socially egotistic classes which ruled the country placed their class interests above the national well-being. These were the reasons for Poland's catastrophe, in September 1939, when the Polish people for the second time lost their independence. The responsibility rests with the social classes which wielded power in the inter-war period. In 1939 Poland was easy game for Nazi Germany. The existence of an independent Poland always was plainly in the interest of the Western states.


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