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Mon Sep 1, 2014, 08:27 AM

Marking the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II

Ceremonies are being held to mark the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. This comes at a time of heightened concerns about security among the European Union's eastern states in particular.

German President Joachim Gauck is to join his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski , on the Westerplatte peninsula in Gdansk on Monday, for the main ceremony to mark the beginning of World War II.

The two heads of state are to place candles at the graves of soldiers who lost their lives in the battle that marked the outbreak of the war, before laying a wreath at the memorial to the defenders of the Polish coast at Westerplatte.

In keeping with the spirit of friendship between the two former foes, Gauck and Koromoski are also to take part in discussion session with a group of students.

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Bronxbomber Sep 2014 OP
Hypothesis Sep 2014 #1
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Muddling Through Sep 2014 #3
Bronxbomber Sep 2014 #5
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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 08:35 AM

1. They should have invited Putin.

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Response to Hypothesis (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 08:52 AM

2. That's a sensitive issue for many Eastern Europeans

The Poles, for example, went directly from the savage yoke of the Nazis to a slightly less savage but equally oppressive Soviet one, as did every other Eastern European nation.

However, Russia was the key to both starting and ending the war. No Ribbentrop-Molotov pact, no invasion (in all likelihood) of Poland by Hitler on 9/1/39. The Eastern Front is also where Germany's mighty war machine was bled white and ultimately defeated. Over 80% of Germany's military resources were concentrated there. Putting aside the current political climate and what an enormous shitbag Putin is, and the foul taste that being trapped behind the Iron Curtain for almost 50 years left, I agree that not inviting Russia to any ceremony that commemorates WW2 doesn't make much sense. I mean, if the Germans can be there and be forgiven, then why not Russia?

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Response to Bronxbomber (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 08:56 AM

3. I think Putin should have been invited.

In order to bring home the point that the Russians also invaded Poland in 1939 as part of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact. A point quite often overlooked in the history books; as it the massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest by the Soviets.

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 09:02 AM

5. Excellent points!

Makes you wonder if Putin would have even accepted an invitation considering the potential for him (and Russia) to be royally embarrassed like that. The Soviets denied responsibility for the massacre in the Katyn forest until the collapse of the USSR. Russian nationalists still bristle when the subject comes up. It would've been interesting to see Putin there, that's for sure.

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 09:04 AM

6. Just to remind him the consequence of stupid imperial and hegemony ambition

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Response to Hypothesis (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 08:58 AM

4. The Soviets did not invade Poland until September 17

Maybe there will be another ceremony then?

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