The truth about Poland's doomed stand against Germany

By Noel Malcolm | 2019-10-08 | including 1 item |
The Second World War was ushered in by a macabre piece of theatre. On the evening of Aug 31 1939, six members of the SS and German police, pretending to be Polish extremists, took over a German radio transmitter near the Polish border and tried to broadcast a statement promising that Poland was about to invade Germany. Before they left, to add plausibility, they deposited the body of a known pro-Polish activist, Franciszek Honiok, whom they had drugged and shot. So, although he died before the real invasion – of Poland, by Germany – began the next morning, Honiok has some claim to be the first victim of the war