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A World at War Betrays the Nation of Poland.
(CONTINUED ... ) Some of the family retired
to bed, while otherstalked 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,
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 inMacerata 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 sharetheir 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.
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.
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!
PL2Corps in Italy had been waiting in vain for their victorious return to their cherished "Free
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
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 countrywould 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
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!
godless Bolsheviks with the approval of western nations, most of who profess to be Christian.
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 thePolish 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.