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Friday, 28 June 2013

British dismiss an uncanny Polish prediction




Polish diplomat Wladyslaw Kulski and British diplomat Gladwyn Jebb

On November 20, 1942, British Foreign Office official Gladwyn Jebb recorded the minutes of his meeting with Kulski the previous day:
M . Kulski invited me to lunch yesterday and certain points of interest emerged in our conversation.
M. Kulski (like so many Poles) thinks that it may well be an aim of Soviet policy to occupy the whole of Europe up to the Elbe and establish Soviet republics in the existing states in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. I said that while there was no knowing what Soviet policy would turn out to be and that much would obviously depend on where their forces were at the end of the war I did not think that such a policy was that indicated by M. Kulski would necessarily be pursued by the Russians.
Commenting on Jebb's minutes, one his FO colleagues wrote on November 22:
If M. Kulski's fear is that the USSR will extend its boundaries into Europe by incorporating in the the [sic] USSR all territory east of the Elbe[.] I do not think that this is likely nor do I think the Red Army is likely to force an imperialistic policy on the Kremlin.
Foreign Office official W. D. Allen, concurred November 26:
None of this seems worth passing on anywhere.
But of course the U.S.S.R did indeed end up occupying Europe up to the Elbe, the river being part of the boundary known as the Iron Curtain.
Found in TNA: PRO: 371/31088: C11601


1 comment:

  1. Europe was divided in two by the great powers the USA and the USSR; Britain like France and the Bundesrepublik became de facto US protectorates and consequentially lost their empires as well as their independence. The US imperium shifted eastwards in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union . The dominant values of the US protectorates in 2013 of multiculturalism, multiracialism and plutocratic capitalism reign supreme in Europe.

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