Jozef Pilsudski, Jospeh Goebbels, Hans-Adolf Moltke, and Jozef Beck (1934)

Warschau, Empfang Goebbels bei Marschall Pilsudski

It was in 1934 that Germany and Poland signed a non-aggression pact. Hans-Adolf Moltke (left) German Ambassador to Poland   stands with Jozef Pilsudski (right) Minister of Military Affairs and the de facto leader of the nation  . Joseph Goebbels stands next to Polish Foreign Minister Jozef Beck. German and Polish leaders met in Warsaw to discuss border disputes  and the political conditions  in Eastern Europe.  The reasoning behind the German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact was that it was better to ally with Nazi Germany than to trust the Soviet Union.  Jozef Beck attempted unsuccessfully  to play both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany against one another to preserve Poland’s independence . Joseph Goebbels being present in Poland was obvious being the Minister of Propaganda. It was important to show that the German government was having foreign policy success and present the lie that it was seeking a lasting peace. Jozef Pilsudski  was suspicious of German intentions and  requested  French assistance. Poland did form an alliance with France and  Britain,but neither country gave it enough assistance or support  to change the situation. Adolf Hitler wanted Germany to expand eastward. When both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed  Molotov- Ribbentrop Pact, Poland was in peril. Nazi Germany and  the Soviet Union invaded Poland dividing it in two. Germany’s invasion in September of 1939 sparked World War II. Once more Poland was partitioned like it was in 1772, 1793,  and 1795.

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