International Significance of the German-Soviet Invasion of Poland in September 1939


July 01, 2020

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  • Scholarship Description
  • After waging a propaganda war against Poland and staging the Gleiwitz provocation, Germany attacked Poland on September 1, 1939. While the Polish Army was locked in dramatic combat with the German forces on its Western Front, on September 17, 1939 the Soviet Union attacked Poland from the East with seven armies, without any declaration of war, and in violation of the binding non-aggression pact between Poland.

    Please analyze the German-Soviet aggression on Poland in September 1939 by addressing the following issues: 1) 1938-1939 political developments leading to WWII; 2) German propaganda war against Poland and the role of German minority; 4) German invasion of Poland and its political objectives, 5) Soviet propaganda war against Poland; 6) Soviet invasion of Poland and its political objectives; 7) German-Soviet extermination of ethnic Poles 1939-1941; 8) The impact of German-Soviet cooperation on Poland and the international community; 9) Lesson for today.

    The essay shall reflect contestant’s own research and original thinking, shall not exceed 15 typed pages (excluding bibliography), and shall be typed in 12-point font, double-spaced with 1” margins; pages shall be numbered. All entries become the property of the Polonia Institute and will not be returned. Polonia Institute reserves the right to publish selected essays and/or excerpts of selected essays in future publications, newsletters and other materials. Historical Essay Scholarship is open to young adults between ages 18 and 30 as of the application deadline of July 1st. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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