28/01/2018 by socialistfight
The New Communist Party of Britain supported by Socialist Fight and the British Posadists mounted a protest picket outside the Polish embassy in London on 25 January to protest the arrests of communist party members and socialists and the banning of communist symbols and banners and the destruction of WWII memorials, a common practice now begun in Ukraine after the Maidan coup of February 2014, through Hungary and seen in the desecration of the Holocaust memorial in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 21 January by the fascist Golden Dawn.
A Polish couple approached who said they were “Polish patriots” and had the banner picture here. It read, “Nuremburg for Communism, Communism = Nazism with the claim that communism had killed 100 million in 100 years. The man was clearly a reactionary but he had a few points about the August 1944 Warsaw Uprising and other things.
Stalin’s bureaucracy fought WWII against the Nazis as a ‘great patriotic war’ and this war was specifically against the rights of oppressed nations, it was racially anti-German, and anti-working class; all the Germans were Nazis said Stalin and he made no call to encourage the German working class to rise up against Hitler because their liberation was at hand. Berlin was defended by boys and girls and old men and women because they knew that the “Red Army” was coming to kill and rape them. The ‘Red Army’ either allowed the Nazis to crush workers’ uprisings or crushed them themselves to defeat attempts at socialist revolution in Eastern Europe. By far the worst example was the Warsaw uprising when the “Red Army” halted for sixty long days and its air force gave no assistance although only five minutes flying time away whilst they watched the destruction of the city and the massacre of its inhabitants without lifting a finger to assist them.
About 16,000 Polish resistance fighters were killed and between 150,000 and 200,000 Polish civilians perished, mainly mass executed. During the urban combat approximately 25% of Warsaw’s buildings were destroyed.
Following the surrender of Polish forces, German troops systematically levelled another 35% of the city block by block. Together with earlier damage suffered in the 1939 invasion of Poland and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943, over 85% of the city was destroyed by January 1945, when events in the Eastern Front forced the Nazis to abandon the city.
Out of 350,000–550,000 civilians who passed through the camp, 90,000 were sent to labour camps in the Third Reich. Many Jews hidden by Poles in Warsaw were discovered in searches and shipped to death in Nazi concentration camps, including Ravensbrück, Auschwitz, and Mauthausen.
Surrender of the Warsaw Uprising resistance, 5 October 1944 – Communists and leftist combatants were immediately executed. Jewish civilians were sent to concentration camps or were mass executed by the Nazis while the Red Army looked on and offered no assistance for 60 long days. Polish Home Army was sent to POW camps.
The Eastern Front remained static in the Vistula sector, with the Soviets making no attempt to push forward, until the Vistula–Oder Offensive began on 12 January 1945. Warsaw was liberated on 17 January 1945 by the Red Army and the First Polish Army.
This was a great crime by Stalin and the reactionary man with the anti-communist banner could point to these crimes to justify his reaction. Trotskyists, whilst supporting the Red Army against Nazism, were never uncritical of the appalling counter-revolutionary methods used by Stalin to fight that war. ▲