The “Poland First to Fight” historical conference is designed to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II by gathering international scholars, historians, writers, journalists, filmmakers, and museum curators with expertise in specific areas of history to analyze the current state of knowledge and to expand the conversation in academia, the media, and the arts.
The conference program aims to broaden the World War II narrative by promoting and examining certain aspects of the war against Poland, and crimes committed by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, generally unknown or ignored in the West. Although Poland was a loyal and active wartime ally, the country was betrayed and handed over to Stalin through the Yalta agreement. For decades afterward, Poland remained behind the iron curtain and the history of war crimes committed in occupied Poland remained unknown to the outside world. The conference will address the gaps and the persistent falsehoods that developed during the Cold War.
Krystyna Zamorska, Ph.D.,
Indenpendent Scholar, Historical Consultant