"The object of the war is….to physically to destroy the enemy. That is why I have prepared, for the moment only in the East, my "Death’s Head" formations with orders to kill without pity or mercy all men, women and children of Polish descent or language. Only in this way can we obtain the living space we need."
— Adolf Hitler, Führer of Germany (1939)

Classic Polish movie posters - CZŁOWIEK Z ŻELAZA (Man Of Iron)

Directed by: Andrzej Wajda (1981)

This day in history….

Lech Wałesa addressing the crowd outside the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk on 31st August 1980 - the date of the official formation of Solidarity (“Solidarność”), which was the first independent self-governing trade union (“Niezależny Samorządny Związek Zawodowy”) behind the iron curtain, and the first successful step in a campaign of civil resistance that led to the eventual collapse of communism in Poland and across central and eastern Europe….

Random Track Of The Day

Penetration - Don’t Dictate (1977)

(Source: Spotify)

Leeds United vs Bolton Wanderers @ Elland Road, Leeds 30/8/2014 

The Leeds United players celebrating Stephen Warnock’s winning goal against Bolton in front of the South Stand at Elland Road. It’s ironic, given owner Massimo Cellino’s fear of the number 17, that the goal was scored in the 17th minute….

Leeds United 1 Bolton Wanderers 0

Waking up on a Sunday feels so much better when Leeds United have won the day before. I’m glad I went to our first post-Hockaday game and that we managed to overcome Bolton Wanderers (just). Now let’s get a new coach in who can really get the best out of these players….

John Peel hanging out with The Cure back in the day….

Happy 75th birthday old man!

The Chopin Statue in Warsaw’s Łazienki Park

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM FOUND ON THE INTERWEBS….

Mis-use of a photo of the Warsaw Uprising to compare Israel with the Nazis.

The same photo as in my previous post has been used by another ignorant amateur historian to make a dubious comparison between Israel and Nazi Germany. Great idea (not)….

Source: http://fuckyeahmarxismleninism.tumblr.com/post/93769051313

THE TRUTH….

The photo actually shows Polish partisans of the Armia Krajowa fighting against the Germans during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, and has nothing to do with the Warsaw ghetto, Israel or Gaza….

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM FOUND ON THE INTERWEBS….

A photo of Polish resistance fighters taken during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 used to commemorate the anniversary of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto.

Some bloke called Callum tweeted the above photo on 19th April, along with the somewhat inaccurate description of the Warsaw ghetto uprising that I’ve included in the screenshot.

Source: https://twitter.com/CBPThomas (also reposted on Tumblr - http://1343-phipsi.tumblr.com/post/83208811198/april-19-1943-71-years-ago-a-few-hundred-jewish)

THE TRUTH….

The photo actually shows Polish partisans of the Armia Krajowa fighting against the Germans during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944….

As well as getting that wrong, Callum’s description of the purpose of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is also a little wide of the mark.

The ghetto fighters were not trying to “kick out” the Germans - they knew that they had no possibility to do anything of the kind. After having watched most of the inhabitants of the Warsaw ghetto being rounded up and carted off to their deaths, they had a simple but stark choice to make - either to die in the gas chambers of Treblinka or to fight back and die in combat - and they chose the latter.

As Marek Edelman succinctly put it: “We knew perfectly well that we had no chance of winning. We fought simply not to allow the Germans alone to pick the time and place of our deaths”….