Poland in the Second World War

M. B. B. Biskupski

in Hollywood’s War with Poland 1939–1945

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125596
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135335 | DOI:
Poland in the Second World War

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This chapter presents a brief outline of the events to which the film industry was reacting. Two themes are particularly noteworthy. The first is that many of the significant aspects of Poland's involvement in the war were ignored by Hollywood. The second is that the film industry made certain references to Poland that were entirely without foundation but nonetheless figure prominently in Hollywood's version of the war. The chapter discusses that the Nazi–Soviet pact included a secret protocol that detailed far-reaching economic cooperation and carefully delineated a future partition of Poland that would divide the country roughly equally between Russia and Germany. By these secret aspects, the Soviets and Nazis conspired against the sovereignty and territory of their neighbors. Only by ignoring these aspects of the treaty can one interpret it as designed to preserve peace in Europe—an interpretation that was basic to the presentation by Hollywood communists.

Keywords: film industry; Poland; Hollywood; Nazi—Soviet pact; secret protocol; economic cooperation; communists; Russia; Germany

Chapter.  4848 words. 

Subjects: Film

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