POLAND: STRIVING for HISTORICAL JUSTICE - Harvard Political Review
Ruins of Polish capital - Warsaw after its planned destruction by Nazi Germany, 1945.
The secret Ribbentrop-Molotov pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union led to the joint invasion of Poland in 1939. This occupation resulted in countless crimes, including genocide, the elimination of Polish societal elites, religious persecution, coerced labor, the mass displacement of people, the theft of national cultural treasures, and numerous other atrocities. Overall, about 6 million citizens of Poland, disproportionately of the Jewish faith, died, many of them in Auschwitz-Birkenau or one of the other twelve thousand concentration camps Nazi Germans established in occupied territories. Furthermore, numerous villages, towns, and cities were left in ruins...
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