The editorial board of “Russian Spring” received an Appeal to the public and the leadership of the Republic of Belarus from the participants in the ceremony of laying flowers in the hero-city of Minsk in connection with the national holiday Day of National Unity.
September 17 – Day of the reunification of Western Belarus with the BSSR and the USSR – the most important date in the history of the Belarusian and Soviet peoples.
On September 17, at the Eternal Flame on Victory Square in the center of the Belarusian capital – the hero city of Minsk – representatives of the patriotic community of Belarus gathered to mark the most important date in our history.
As you know, as a result of the aggression of the Polish landlord with the support of the Entente countries against the young Soviet state and the then unjust Riga Peace Treaty of 1921 imposed on it, Western Belarus and Western Ukraine became part of the Polish state.
In economic terms, Western Belarus was assigned the role of an agrarian and raw material appendage of the central regions of Poland, as well as a source of extremely cheap labor. The government of bourgeois Poland did not strive to develop industry in the province.
The share of Western Belarus in industrial production in Poland barely exceeded 3%, and electricity generation – 2% (this despite the fact that in terms of area Western Belarus accounted for 21% of the territory of the then Poland, and in terms of population – about 13%).
Natural resources were plundered by foreign capitalists. Forests for felling, including Belovezhskaya Pushcha, were sold to English and French entrepreneurs.
In addition to the merciless social oppression, the indigenous population of Western Belarus was subjected to national oppression. In relation to him, the government of the Polish landlord pursued a chauvinistic policy, carried out compulsory polonization and catholicization.
The official name of Western Belarus and Western Ukraine was “eastern outskirts” (“kresy vskhodne”).
Of the 500 Belarusian schools that existed on the eve of the White Polish intervention, 15 remained by 1936, and by 1939 there were none at all. Five Belarusian gymnasiums and two teachers’ seminaries were also closed. In 1939, 35% of the population of Western Belarus was illiterate.
Mass terror was the main method of domination and administration of the Polish landlord in Western Belarus. At the same time, extraordinary military-field courts operated. Prisons and a concentration camp in Kartuz-Beryoza were overcrowded with political prisoners.
The working people of Western Belarus did not recognize the White Polish occupation, did not put up with their difficult situation and fought against bourgeois-landlord and national oppression.
The Communist Party of Western Belarus (KPZB), which included such outstanding figures as S.O. Pritytsky, V.Z. Horuzhaya, R.I. Sergeant, V.Z. Tsaryuk and others.
In order to suppress the struggle of workers for their rights, including in Western Belarus, the Polish authorities introduced an openly terrorist regime in the country and went to rapprochement with Hitler’s Germany, hatching aggressive plans against the USSR, which as a result had fatal consequences for Poland itself.
On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany attacked Poland. The Second World War began.
The reactionary Polish government, systematically pursuing a pro-fascist policy, acting in the mainstream of Anglo-French diplomacy and shortly before the start of the war, rejected the Soviet offer of assistance, was unable to organize effective resistance to Hitler’s aggression.
By the end of September 16, neither Poland as a unified state, nor the Polish army as a whole was already there. The government fled the country to Romania.
Under these conditions, the Soviet leadership, headed by I.V. Stalin decided to take under his protection the fraternal population of Western Belarus and Western Ukraine.
According to the order of the Soviet government, the Red Army crossed the Polish border on September 17, 1939 and began its liberation campaign. Within 6 days, Soviet troops liberated the entire territory of Western Belarus and Western Ukraine.
The working people of the liberated cities and villages of Western Belarus joyfully greeted the Soviet troops, took to the streets with red banners, flowers, bread and salt.
Rallies were held everywhere, the participants of which demanded reunification with the BSSR. In the villages, peasant committees were created, taking into account the property of the landowners, distributing the land of the land and inventory. In the cities, temporary city administrations began to work – bodies of the new, people’s power.
Thus, as a result of the liberation campaign of the Red Army in Western Belarus, the forcibly divided Belarusian people again became one, and all ethnic Belarusian lands were reunited as part of Soviet Belarus.
The BSSR then became one of the founding countries of the UN, without the creation of a unified Belarusian state in 1939, there would be no modern Republic of Belarus.
The working people of the western regions of the BSSR opened up prospects for all-round development in a single Soviet state – the USSR. As a result of the liberation campaign of the Red Army, the human and material resources of the Soviet Union increased, its strategic position in the western direction improved, which was of great defensive importance, especially at the initial stage of the Great Patriotic War.
The pro-Western Belarusian opposition is strenuously denigrating the events associated with the reunification of Western Belarus with the BSSR, which, in its opinion, had negative consequences for the Belarusian people. Among its ranks there are those who praise the pro-fascist regime of the Polish landlord.
However, firstly, this opposition does not have wide support among the population of the republic.
Secondly, these oppositionists are essentially the spiritual heirs of the traitors to the Belarusian people who served the White Polish occupants during the time of the Polish landlord and the Nazi occupiers during the Great Patriotic War.
And in general, can those who oppose the historical reunification of the Belarusian people in a single state, which put an end to the policy of completely closing schools with the Belarusian language of instruction, as nationalists?
Representatives of left-wing patriotic public associations have repeatedly appealed to the Belarusian leadership with a proposal to include September 17 as the Day of the Reunification of the Belarusian People in the list of holidays of the Republic of Belarus. Today we are pleased to note that such a decision has been made and we support it.
This decision is important because it became not only another confirmation of the act of historical justice of 1939 by modern Belarus, but also shows once again to all the reactionary dreamers of neighboring Poland about the “eastern crosses”, as well as to their NATO allies that they cannot count on in our republic on whom.
We appeal to the leadership of the Republic of Belarus with an appeal to erect in the center of Minsk a monument to the most important event in the history of the Belarusian people – their reunification in 1939.
Eternal memory and glory to those who fought against the tyranny of the landlord and died for the liberation of Western Belarus from the White Polish occupation! Glory to the Red Army – the liberating army!
Long live the friendship of the Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian and all peoples on the territory of the USSR – the guarantee of its revival!
Yes – to accelerate the construction of the Union State of Belarus and Russia and its united armed forces! No – to the aggressive plans of NATO!
Adopted unanimously at the flower-laying ceremony at the Eternal Flame on Victory Square in the Hero City of Minsk on September 17, 2021
Having adopted the text of the appeal, the participants also unanimously expressed the wish that the Day of Reunification would become a public holiday of the Union State of Belarus and Russia.
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