Anti-Polonism

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Anti-Polonism (alternatively spelled antipolonism; also, Polonophobia) is a term denoting an irrational or malicious hostility toward Poles as a nation or as a cultural community.

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  • "Poland’s existence is intolerable and incompatible with the essential conditions of Germany’s life. Poland must go and will go — as a result of her own internal weaknesses and of action by Russia — with our aid. For Russia, Poland is even less tolerable than it is for us; Russia will never put up with Poland's existence. With Poland, one of the strongest pillars of the Versailles System will fall. To attain this goal must be one of the firmest aiming points of German politics, because it is attainable. Attainable only by means of, or with the help of, Russia. [...] The restoration of the border between Germany and Russia is the precondition for regaining strength of both sides. Germany and Russia within the borders of 1914 should be the basis for an agreement between us [...]." — Hans von Seeckt, Chief of the Troop Office of the German Army,responsible for shaping German foreign policy, writing after the Treaty of Rapallo (1922).

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Armenian Quote
  • "I have issued the command — and I'll have anybody who utters but one word of criticism executed by firing squad — that our war aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy. Accordingly I have placed my Totenkopf Units in readiness — for the present only in the East — with orders to them to send to death, mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish race and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" — Adolf Hitler.
  • "All Poles will disappear from the world.... It is essential that the great German people should consider it their major task to destroy all Poles." — Heinrich Himmler.
  • "Heute gestohlen, morgen in Polen" ("Stolen today, tomorrow in Poland") — modern German saying
  • "[Poland is] an historic failure, which has won her freedom not by her own exertions, but by the blood of others." — David Lloyd George.
  • "[Poles] suck [anti-Semitism] with their mothers' milk. This is something that is deeply imbued in their tradition, their mentality. Like their loathing of Russia. The two things are not connected, of course. But that, too, is something very deep, like their hatred of Am Yisrael. Today, though, there are elements [in Poland] that are cleansed of this anti-Semitism." — Yitzhak Shamir.
  • "A hen is not a bird, Poland is not foreign." — 18th century Russian saying, justifying the Partitions of Poland. In original Russian this sentence rhymes.
  • "Driving through Brandenburg, one can delight in direction signs showing, instead of Stettin, strange words that look as if some software had replaced the German name with many c's and z's to make it look Polish: something like Szczetzctczin. [...] The obsession to call all places which once were German - that is mostly places in Poland and the Czech Republic - exclusively by their Polish or Czech names, and to use the former German name, if at all, only in brackets, is a wonderful spawn of the German guilty conscience." — Writer Florian Illies in his best-selling book.
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