Life behind the Iron Curtain

Source: The New Yorker

When Germany invaded Poland, on September 1, 1939, the date that W. H. Auden used for his famous poem—“I and the public know / What all schoolchildren learn, / Those to whom evil is done / Do evil in return”—Poland had commitments in hand from France and Britain to come to its aid if its independence was threatened. In Warsaw, in the first week of September, enthusiastic crowds gathered outside the French and British Embassies. They expected that Berlin would be bombed and that British and French forces would attack Germany from the west. Read more…

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