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The Soviet Union faces Poland and the West
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw on August 15, 1920 – the decisive moment of the Polish-Soviet War, when Poland preserved her independence and stopped the Soviet troops from marching west. The Soviet Union did not however abandon their westward ambitions, which were later expressed in the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact signed with the Third Reich on August 23, 1939, and then in the invasion of Poland on September 17, 1939. What were Soviet Russia's perceptions of Poland and the West? What were their plans and strategies? What place does the Polish-Soviet War occupy in the memory cultures of the West, as well as in Russian memory? Are the pact between Hitler and Stalin of August 1939 and the Soviet occupation of eastern Poland from September 1939 present in these cultures of remembrance? We will talk about this with Jan Behrends, Françoise Thom & Wojciech Kozłowski. This discussion will be moderated by Mateusz Fałkowski.
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