17:49 Jun. 28, 2016
Red Army installed communist authorities and put Poland under decades of Moscow's control that ended in 1989
Polish historians said Tuesday, June 28, they want to move more than 200 communist-era monuments to Soviet troops into a former Red Army base to testify to a historic "untruth."
Pawel Ukielski, deputy head of the state Institute of National Remembrance, or IPN, said that the plan covers structures put up in the 1940s and '50s to glorify the Red Army's march through Poland at the end of World War II as it was defeating the Nazi Germans.
The Soviet army and the new communist authorities were putting the monuments up as tokens of gratitude for liberation from German occupation. But at the same time the Red Army installed communist authorities and put Poland under decades of Moscow's control that ended in 1989.
Another IPN official, Andrzej Zawistowski, said the plan includes 229 monuments that refer to "what we consider as untruth: gratitude for having given Poland independence."
Democratic Poland makes an effort to fill in gaps in its 20th century history that include Moscow's dominance, a theme that was taboo under communism. Full story