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It is contrary to historical truth to posit a conflict between the policies of Pilsudski and Beck toward Germany.
Pilsudski regarded Beck as his disciple in foreign policy, and Beck regarded himself as the executor of Pilsudski's political legacy. Everything that Beck did was faithful to the political line laid down by Pilsudski before his death, which was one of detente with Germany after Hitler's ascent to power and abandonment of the previous anti-Polish policies of the Weimar republic.
When Beck responded favorably toward Hitler's hints at a thaw in German-Polish relations, he was carrying out Pilsudski's policy, not acting contrary to it.
Pilsudski remained firmly anti-Sovit until his dying day. In fact, a couple of days before his death, he condemned the visit of Laval to Moscow for the purpose of concluding the French-soviet military alliance, telling his aide that the French cozying up to Moscow would come to no good. That was almost his last recorded statement before his death.
That is his prerogative, but I see no good reason to reject Rauschning's claim.
Rauschning had a personal motive for revealing what Pilsudski had intimated on 11 December 1933, a motive that was consistent with his compulsive hatred of Hitler. Essentially Rauschning was claiming that in 1933 there had been a chance for resolution of all the conflicts between Germany and Poland that could have avoided the German-Polish war that historically did break out in 1939, and possibly led to victory over the Soviet Union in alliance with Poland, thereby avoiding the disaster of 1945. However, that chance had been lost due to what Rauschning claimed (falsely) was Hitler's intransigently anti-Polish attitude.
It is also interesting you point out that Rauschning claimed that Hitler had an anti-polish attitude. In fact, in 'Hitler Speaks' Rauschning gives a rather different picture of Hitler's attitude of the Poles (which I have quoted in another forum). This seems to discredit your (or Wojciechowski's) theory that Rauschning needed to hide this information for two decades, lest it show Hitler in a postive light.
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Sid Guttridge wrote:Hi ljadw,
The fact that you dismiss Rauschning so completely tells us rather more about you than it does about him.
Nobody seems to doubt that Rauschning did meet Hitler on at least a few occasions. He therefore cannot be dismissed 100%.
As I said before, "One cannot completely ignore Rauschning, but I would be wary about accepting him verbatim."
Boby wrote:See also the opinion of Greiser:
http://library2.lawschool.cornell.edu/d ... CIX_25.pdf
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