I would like to make this my next speech:
Poland is extraordinary.
I love Polish history, culture, people, food, and especially their attitudes and loyal friendships. Some people don't like the Polish, probably because they don't know them. Some people don't like me because I like Polish.
Obviously, I think people should have more self-reflection instead of so much hate for other people. This behavior is a human problem, and it affects too many people. Perhaps one day, instead of finding the bad in everyone, we could find the good. I find so many positive attributes in the Polish people, and that's why I advocate for them and talk about their astonishing history because I believe more people should know.
First, Poland should not exist historically. Germany and Russia have been trying to eat it up for centuries. Poland is the bloodlands of Europe, sitting in between these two monsters. It did not exist for 123 years, but the people, although split between three nations – Austria as well was meant to be obliterated, and the people assimilated, they kept their culture together and came back alive in 1919, just in time to save Europe from Bolshevism. The reds were invading and bringing this deadly virus into Europe, but the Poles stopped them just in time. Perhaps without them, you may be in a labor camp right now?
I bet you didn't know that? This salvation was not the first time the Polish saved European civilization,
In 1683, Vienna was under siege by the Turks; right on the cusp of breaching the city, making their way into Europe, ripe for spreading Islam, the Polish saved the day. This time an army led by King Jan Sobieski and his winged hussar cavalry routs the army – this ends the long years of encroachment into Europe.
A little more information. Poles seem to be everywhere; this time, a cavalryman named Pulaski and an engineer Kosciusko traveled to America to help Washington. Pulaski saved Washington from sure death or capture when encircled at Brandywine. Pulaski's title is the father of the American calvary.
Kosciusko's engineering was crucial to the victory of turning the tide at the battle of Saratoga; He made it possible for the Americans to make a successful retreat. So perhaps without these two Poles, there would be no United States.
I don't think this is an exaggeration. Individuals and individual decisions often make history. Just think of that today if not for Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison or Tesla; we may not be watching this.
Many of us are more familiar with World War II, though Poland is the least appreciated and most manipulated nation from that era. The war began because of the invasion of Poland by the Germans, and most people don't know that the Soviets invaded Poland 16 days later, yet they would be considered our allies - they were no better and in fact casualty-wise, worse.
The Soviets murdered 22 thousand Polish officers at Katyn, and between 1937 -1938, over 100 thousand Poles died in a Soviet genocide. Many Russians themselves were victims. The problem is that our western intellectuals have been promoting this ideology. Many of these horrific crimes have been covered up, and much of it is. Like 100 million dead from communism isn't enough, will it work next time?
Unlike what you hear, the Polish actually fought quite a hard against the Germans, but they couldn't do that for long because they were attacked on two flanks. Some of the Polish armies were capable of escaping, and the Polish army in exile made up the fourth-largest allied army. The Polish had an underground army with more than the French resistance you always hear about. Still, the Polish didn't get to sit at the winner's table as the French, although the French even had a collaborative government.
Poland never surrendered to the invaders and was fighting from the first to the last day of the war. There were cooperating governments in many other countries, but not in Poland.
The Polish underground army was a phenomenon on a worldwide and historical scale.
They had a 650,000 man army - 400,000 AK soldiers and 250,000 volunteers fighting alongside the Allies in the West.
Without them, the war may have been very different, and this is beyond a doubt for Polish pilots that came to the rescue of the British pilots when they most needed them.
The Battle of Britain was pivotal, and we know that the Polish pilots were game-changers.
Indeed, even more, the Poles were the ones the broke the Enigma code, which deciphered the German secrets. Imagine what may have happened without these geniuses?
These are just a few of the many ways the Polish played a role in World War II, but how often do you hear about them? Maybe their inability to march in the victory parade in London would foretell some of why. Even though the war was won and the Polish came to their rescue, the British didn't want to offend the Communist Stalin, whom they gave Poland to after the war.
The Polish were betrayed at the start of the war and would be betrayed at the end. No real liberation would come until 1989, and still to this day; they are betrayed by dishonest historians, who we call neo-Stalinists, intent on defaming the Polish after all they have been through.
This is why it is vital to check out what you are reading to make sure it is factual and not manipulated. Today, this history is being abused for various agendas, including one that involves a lot of money. When this is at stake, so-called historians will work hand in hand with those who want that money. We all know what money does.
The country has been invaded or has fought for freedom in insurrections over 40 times.
Poland adopted its first written constitution in the spring of 1791, which was the 2nd in the world valid legal document of the kind.
The Old Town that you can see in Warsaw isn't the actual Old Town from before the war. The original was bombed entirely in the 40s, and Poles rebuilt it after the war using Bernardo Bellotto's detailed paintings. It now looks as it did in the 18th century rather than the 20th.
Marie Curie, the woman who discovered Polon and Rad, wasn't French but Polish. Her name was Marie Sklodowska before she married a Frenchman named Pierre Curie. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences.
Joseph Conrad was actually Polish too.
Poland has the second oldest university in the whole of Europe - Jagiellonian University, founded by King Casimir III the Great in the year 1364.
The most famous astronomer in the world was from Poland. Nicolaus Copernicus was also a Renaissance mathematician.
There have been 17 different Nobel Prize winners from Poland.
This speech is just the tip of the iceberg for Polish history.
There is much more to explore – I challenge you to start your journey.