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Germany's WWII Occupation of Poland

Discussion in 'Eastern Europe February 1943 to End of War' started by kerrd5, May 27, 2011.

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    "Adolf Hitler left no doubt about his goal before he ordered the invasion of Poland. Addressing generals and commanders at a reception he gave at his Berchtesgaden retreat on August 22, 1939, Hitler said he was not interested 'in reaching a specific line or a new border.' He wanted 'the destruction of the enemy.'

    "On September 1, 1939, German soldiers marched across the border into neighboring Poland. The vastly superior Wehrmacht forces advanced so quickly that the Polish government was forced to flee to Romania just 16 days later. On September 27, the defenders of the Polish capital, Warsaw, gave up. Nine days later, the last remaining Polish troops laid down their weapons.

    "Thus begun a nightmarish occupation that would last more than five years. In Poland, the Nazis had more time than in any other occupied country to implement their policies against people they classified as 'racially inferior.'"

    Germany's WWII Occupation of Poland: 'When We Finish, Nobody Is Left Alive' - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
     

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