Betrayal of Poland

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A World at War Betrays the Nation of Poland.

(CONTINUED ... ) Some of the family retired to bed, while others talked all night narrating each other's wartime experiences, sharing views and details observed from both sides of enemy lines.

Padre presented some newspaper clippings which had been printed without restrictions after the liberation of Rome.  He also had some articles from the Vatican's official newspaper, "L'Osservatore Romano."

As they conversed, André reached into his bag and pulled out a few issues of "The Stars and Stripes" which had been circulating in Allied camps.

Victor and Luigi searched in their stack of 'bottle wrapping' newspapers and found copies from similar periodic coverage being discussed.  Together with Carlo and Franki the six of them examined related articles that had been printed in Mussolini's R.S.I. during 1944.

Then, they compared similar articles from liberated Rome, and from the Vatican, and "The Stars and Stripes" and some articles printed in Zürich Switzerland and also from the Italian region of Swiss 'Canton Ticino.'

By morning they had concluded together that the Third Reich had begun to stagger soon after its defeat in Stalingrad and that Hitler's military had been limping backward ever since the Soviet Union had begun their successful counter-offensive attacks in 1943.

In the minds of Germany's troops, the Soviet's pursuit for bloody revenge in the east became their fatal realization only after the unveiling of Poland's fearsome 2nd Corps' presence in the west.  The inauguration of Germany's defeat began on Monte Cassino, where Poland's noble cause had given the Wehrmacht a haunting reckoning that would inhibit them. 

The fearsome reports of General Anders' Polish troops radiated a certain righteousness which presented German troops with a formidable new upright adversary. It was consuming the Wehrmacht's ranks with greater dreadful regard, than was the blood thirsty savagery coming from the east. 

All considered from their long discussions, it had become clear to Padre, André, Franki, Victor, Carlo, and Luigi, that the hostile resistance of Poland in the west had given Germany its fatal blow!  It began on Monte Cassino, but it did not end in Bologna. Instead, its bold fighting spirit permeated the entire western front.

By the time the ladies had awakened and prepared breakfast, the men had reached their undisputed conclusion that the cost of Poland's sacrifices, unveiled from Monte Cassino to all of Europe, had given the world a permanent victory over Nazi-Fascism.  Then they sat at the table to eat.

The actions of General Władysław Anders' brave Polish 2nd Corps had fulfilled the prediction by Winston Churchill that victory would be achieved in the 'soft underbelly' of the Third Reich!

The next day André and Franki returned to their garrison camps in Macerata and in Monte San Giusto, their assigned post-war holding stations where they would enjoy more R&R mixed with local parades, trips to local award ceremonies, and occasional celebrations with other PL2Corps units.

Summer and fall of 1945 had been joyous times which our Polish liberators hadn't seen since 1939 ... and neither did our family.

André and Franki patiently anticipated the repatriation - their expected glorious homecoming as liberators of Poland with the brave 2nd Corps. Several of them, also André, Franki, and Padre, had begun planning a sacred ceremonial arrival in Lwów ... for their sacrificed heroes.

The Perantoni family would surely be there for the solemn occasion.


     By the end of 1945, the troops of Italy's 'Valoroso IIº Corpo Polacco' continued 
to share their passionate hopes of an imminent and victorious homecoming.  Then, Christmas had come – But, neither travel orders nor port calls had been issued to any of the Polish soldiers in Italy.

So then, André, Franki, and their Polish co-patriots had to reconcile themselves of having missed one more Christmas without their families.  They encouragingly justified it by assuming that their homecoming was being delayed in order for their units to
participate in London's planned Victory Parade.

So André and Franki resolved to their new hope that they would be going home directly from London soon after the Victory Parade.   Perhaps, they hoped, the next day, immediately after the parade! 
In this way, they had to reconcile themselves.

They firmly believed that 1945 would finally be
their LAST Christmas without their families
...
Their LAST Christmas away from home!
 

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A few months earlier, after the Allied Military Government (AMG)
had released their regional control of northern Italy (Sept. 1945), Victor, Luigi, and Carlo, had hopes that international travel might be resumed ... that some normalcy would be restored in Europe.  But their various inquiries about returning to Lwów had been met with negative results, some of which confronted their intentions for traveling to Poland, while others had implied that entry to Poland would not be permitted.

Victor, Luigi, and Carlo would not share their negative findings with their Polish friends, realizing that they had sufficient frustrations of their own.  Thus, the Perantoni family's hopes of returning to Lwów had to be postponed until when Italy might restore the Savoia Monarchy, or elect a new centralized republic, at the national referendum scheduled by the AMG to take place in June 1946.

So then, as the 1946 new year had begun, the Perantoni family found themselves in the same situation as their Polish friends.  André and Franki were anxiously waiting to go back home to Poland from London after the Victory Parade scheduled to take place in June – while the Perantoni family were anxiously waiting for Italy's national referendum, also scheduled to take place in June.

The hopes of my family and their Polish friends for returning to Lwów had been postponed to June 1946.

Neither our family nor most of our Polish friends knew about the unthinkable 'Betrayal of Poland' which would soon become a reality to all of us.  And so, the Perantoni family indulged in sharing the Victory's good cheer with our Polish friends, as also did all of General Anders' valiant Polish liberators of Italy.

We did not know that 18 months earlier (in July 1944) Joseph Stalin had taken possession of Lwów and eastern Poland with the intention to never let it go.  Most of our Polish friends didn't know it either. We didn't know that the Soviets would rename Lwów, our Polish city, as "Lviv" ... in Ukrainian.  We didn't know that our "Winiarnia Italia" and all of its contents would become nationalized Communist property.

1946 was NOT going to be a happy new year ...
... but none of us knew it!


After the Christmas festivities had passed and the New Year celebrations had faded, rumors began to circulate among Polish troops and some of it was being confirmed in the newspapers.

The 2nd Corp's hopeful expectation of an imminent glorious return to Poland had begun to fade.  It had been the hope which fueled the Polish Second Corps fighting spirit in their successful campaign of victories during 1944 & 1945.

From the day the war had ended, it had been the single most important expectation shared by André and Franki and all of the Polish 2nd Corps. They had been waiting and hoping for nine months ... and counting! It had been their fervent hope of a looming return to their beloved "Free Poland" ... but hope had begun to fade!

1946 brought them great dissatisfaction upon learning that they would NOT be allowed to participate in London's Victory Parade in which the other Allied nations would be marching!

It had been tragic news for Poland's Armed Forces everywhere in Europe, for it had been perceived as a dark omen, a disturbing portent that they had been betrayed, and that perhaps their beloved nation had been betrayed also!

The Polish Armed Forces' great hope of a victorious homecoming, which had given them 'esprit-de-corps' and fighting strength during the war ... had become ill-fated in 1946.

Later in 1946, their hope of going home had been reduced to just a 'possibility' – a faint optimism that sooner or later they might be able to go home ... one way or another.  But that dim hope was becoming short-lived also!

The PL2Corps in Italy had been waiting in vain for their victorious return to their cherished "Free Poland."

Soon "il valoroso Corpo Polacco" would find out that their treasured country, for which they had fought and many had died ...
... had been betrayed by the world's leaders.

Soon they would find out that Poland had been given to its original enemy, the Bolshevik Soviet Union.  The enemy who had originally invaded Poland in secret collaboration with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany in 1939!

Act 3 will treat these matters in the form of acted scenes and dialog with great emotion, superscripts and vintage headlines.

 


A single political compromise by two overwhelmed and inconsiderate world leaders promoted Bolshevik tyranny on social, economic, cultural, and religious foundations of Polish families. 

The nation of Poland had protected the free world from communist expansion since 1918 and blocked Bolshevik aggression with the valiant action of Lwów's Polish Cavalry in 1920 ... But then, in 1945 Poland had been betrayed by those she had protected!

When the world's bloodiest war had ended, the leaders of the free world dishonored millions of their own sacrificed warriors.  How?  By giving Poland away to the villain who had defied the free world six years earlier in a conspiracy.  It was a conspiracy that had triggered WWII and cost the world over 70 million lives!

The leaders of the free world gave Poland away to the free world's worst enemy, who in turn rendered the victorious army of Poland's gallant warriors into a global crowd of homeless exiles...
and then he created his own dim version of Poland.

With Poland made captive and 'free Poland' scattered and homeless, the world's leaders took the laudable credit of the heroic warfare of Poland's armed forces ... and gave themselves Victory Parades.

In 1946 Poland's heroic armed forces gradually learn that they
had been FURTHER BETRAYED, as the Soviet Union had deemed
Poland's armed forces to be ENEMIES OF THE STATE in order to crush resurgence of Polish nationalism.

Moreover, they learn how the betrayal would also affect the lives of their distant families! Each member of Poland's armed forces will realize that the very sanctity of their family bond had been ripped apart by godless Bolsheviks!

So then, in 1946, heroic Polish soldiers realize all that the betrayal really means to them. How being marked as enemies of their own country would affect the rest of their lives ...
... and the rest of their families' lives, as well.



AT VERY BEST, returning to Poland meant living as marginal
citizens, prevented from getting a higher education, and working
at menial jobs with no opportunities for respectful positions. 
All because Joseph Stalin felt it necessary to oppress
Polish identity and nationalism.

For the majority of the Polish military, returning to Poland
meant certain persecution
, imprisonment, or even death.
As a result, most of these gallant veterans could not,
or had to choose, not to go home to their families!

Aside from the two villain nations, Germany and Russia
who had defied the world and started the war in 1939, 
Poland had suffered the war's greatest combined
military and civilian deaths in Europe.

Still, they had been betrayed by the 'Big 3' – moreover, 
it was also a crime against Poland's surviving families!


The politics that promoted the betrayal of Poland had also
caused a great trespass of mankind's authority on earth ...

... It broke-up the families of noble Polish fighters.
The heroes who defeated Nazi-Fascism in Europe.

The betrayal of Poland had been more than a political compromise. It was spiritual defiance against God!

It was a defiance against the teachings of Jesus:
  "What God had yoked together, let no man put apart."

It was defiance by the Soviet Union and ratified by
by Allied nations – against the rulings of Heaven!

Defiance by godless Bolsheviks with the approval of
western nations, most of who profess to be Christian.

The betrayal had affected the lives of about 250.000
members of Poland's armed forces dispersed in Europe.
They all had families, and at least half of them had wives.

Ultimately, about 100,000 had returned to their families 
subjecting themselves and their loved ones
to unrelenting Soviet persecution.

For their families well-being, the remainder had to make
a very difficult choice ... so they never returned home!

For them there was no good choice to make, aside from
bringing huge misery and troubles upon their families,
and possibly also making widows of their wives! 

So, they could never return home after having fought so
valiantly.  After their great victories and huge sacrifices
... they could never go home!

The lives of the Polish nation had been shattered in 1939
and remained broken for at least three generations.

Even today, most Polish people can relate how their families had suffered after 1939 and consequently, how their lives
had been transformed in the aftermath.

After having bravely fought and defeated Nazi-Fascism in Italy, André and Franki and their PL2Corps friends could never
have imagined that Poland would be given back to their enemy,
 to endure a historical 50-year captivity.

Victorious Polish soldiers, noble warriors feared by the Third Reich
— the greatest heroes of WWII — they had been defeated
by a devious compromise of the world's leaders.

Poland's heroes, unbeatable on the battlefield,
had been dealt a treacherous political defeat.

 

POLAND: The Unconquered.

SOON TO BE CONTINUED:
True Historical Cases with added Scenes and Dialog.

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