Polish lawmakers have officially recognized the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany as being equally guilty of starting World War II, as evidenced by a pact signed between the two countries prior to the war.
It is important for us to recognize the vast differences between the old Soviet Union (which was atheistic) and the modern Russian nation (which promotes the Orthodox Christian faith).
Seeing these differences involves coming to terms with historical atrocities, such as are now being officially recognized by the government of Poland . . .
The lower house of the Polish parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution stating that the Soviet Union bears equal blame with Nazi Germany for the beginning of World War II. Sponsors of the resolution argue that:
"two totalitarian powers provoked the beginning of World War II — [Adolf] Hitler's Germany and [Joseph] Stalin's Soviet Union; and after the conclusion of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in Moscow on August 23, 1939, Poland and countries in Central and Eastern Europe became first victims of both totalitarian regimes."
"The Sejm of the Republic of Poland condemns the provocative and false statements of representatives of the highest Russian authorities who are trying to hold Poland responsible for starting World War II," the resolution says.
According to the document, the greatness of a nation and relations between countries cannot be built on lies and the falsification of history.
For those who wish to read more about the pre-war pact between Hitler and Stalin, and the resulting destruction it brought to Poland and other European nations, one helpful resource is a book — Icebreaker: Who Started the Second World War?
This book is available in both hardcover and softcover formats. A kindle version is also available: