Warsaw was liberated by Soviet forces 75 years ago today — and Polish officials have cloaked the pivotal event in myths ever since. Yet, newly-released historical documents help shed some light on the truth.
Official Warsaw had no plans to celebrate this date ? but it is not the first time that Poland has ignored the liberation of its state capital. Since the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s, politicians across Eastern European have pushed the notion that the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were equally responsible for instigating World War II ? and the idea that Red Army soldiers led a brutal occupation, instead of liberating Poland, has firmly found its place in the nation?s history books.
That view continues to prevail in some other European states, too ? but a trove of recently-declassified wartime documents, published by the Russian Defense Ministry, tells a different story.
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