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Hollywood’s War with Poland 1939–1945$
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M.B.B. Biskupski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125596

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125596.001.0001

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Poland in the Second World War

Poland in the Second World War

(p.45) 2 Poland in the Second World War
Hollywood’s War with Poland 1939–1945

M. B. B. Biskupski

University Press of Kentucky

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

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