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Friday, 30 March 2007
The Gleiwitz Incident: Not Forgotten
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"What about the GLEIWITZ INCIDENT which was stage managed by the Germans to put the Poles in a bad light before they invade."-- from a reader

More on this important event:

"The Gleiwitz incident was a staged attack on 31 August 1939 against the German radio station Sender Gleiwitz in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (since 1945: Gliwice, Republic of Poland) on the eve of World War II in Europe.

This provocation was one of several actions in Operation Himmler, a Nazi Germany project to create the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany, which would be used to justify the subsequent invasion of Poland."

The Gleiwitz Incident has been mostly forgotten outside Germany, except -- naturally --in Poland, and mostly forgotten even in Germany, despite the recent movie about the matter. Yes, there's been a whole lot of forgetting going on in Germany, despite the efforts by the victorious Allies, those brief, often halfhearted, almost perfunctory efforts by those Allies, to force what should have been permanent remembering, and that process of German forgetting began rather promptly in May, 1945.

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Posted on 03/30/2007 11:50 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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