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There is part of the Warsaw Uprising Museum which refers to events which are often called "Western betrayal" in central-eastern European countries. I've seen pictures of the big three leaders of the Allies during the World War II: Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin taken in Tehran Conference (1943) and Yalta Conference (February 1945). I've read English newspapers of those times in the museum.

Both Roosevelt and Churchill officially agreed that the eastern borders of Poland will roughly follow the Curzon Line in Tehran conference in 1943. The Polish government in excile (in London) was not notified of this decision. The resulting loss of the "eastern territories," approximately 48% of Poland's pre-war territory (map here), to the Soviet Union was and sometimes still is seen by Poles as "betrayal" by their Western Allies. Futher silence on that topic (confused sometimes with political correctiveness) doesn't serve good bilateral relations among involved in the issue countries. The bad consequences of decisions made in 1943 are still well seen in half of Europe.

According to many historians, Churchill and Roosevelt promised Stalin to settle the issue with the Poles, however they never sincerely informed the Polish side. When the Polish Prime Minister visited Moscow, he was convinced he was coming to discuss borders that were still disputed, while Stalin believed everything had already been settled. This was the principal reason for the failure of Polish Prime Minister's mission to Moscow just before the Warsaw Uprising.



Address: Ul. Grzybowska 79, 00-844 Warszawa; Polska
Directions: In centre - some 1.3 km northwest of Central Railway Station. Entrance and parking in Przyokopowa St. (one-way: only northward traffic). Map here
othercontact: kontakt@1944.pl
Phone: +48 (22) 539 79 01
Website: http://www.1944.pl

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  • Updated Jan 11, 2007
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