The Survival of Poland – II

Lead: At times Polish independence has survived but only through the powerful combination of nationalism and religion.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Surrounded by powerful and often greedy neighbors, Poland has frequently lost its independence. By 1795 due to political weakness, war and a series of partitions at the hands of Russia, Prussia and Austria, Poland had ceased to exist. Except for a brief resurrection under Napoleon as the Grand Duchy of Warsaw, Poland did not return to the map of Europe for 125 years. Yet, Poland continued to survive, if in no other form than as an idea nourished by nationalism and religion. Read more →

The Survival of Poland – I

Lead: Through centuries of conquest and partition Poland has been a pawn in the hands of the great powers of Europe. At times it survived but almost as little more than an idea.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The nation of Poland lies in the heartland of Europe surrounded on all sides by great powers. There are no significant natural boundaries that mark its territory. Not unlike the Midwestern United States, Poland stretches over flat lands and lies in the middle of the great east European plain. The absence of clearly defined borders meant that Poland was open to invasion on all fronts: by Germans to the west, Russia from the east, Austria and the Ottoman Empire to the south and Sweden to the north.

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France Surrenders to Germany – 1940

Lead: It ended almost before it began. Using lightning tactics perfected in Poland the previous autumn, in May 1940 Germany forced France to surrender.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: For eight months after the collapse of Poland in September 1939, Allied and Axis forces engaged in what in the West was called the Phony War or Twilight War. The Germans named it sitskreig or sitting war.

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