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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 8 June 27, 1945



Pre-war Poland in 1939 was a fascist state without genuinely free elections. There was too big a gulf between rich and poor, and anti-semitism was almost as bad as in Germany. In 1938 the Polish Government joined Hitler in the rape of Czechoslovakia. The London Government had no rightful claim to rule Poland. In the areas of pre-war Poland that are to be handed to Russia, only a minority of the population are Polish. The White Russians, Ukrainians and Jews will most probably be better off under Russian leadership. It would be fatal for all if we allow the Polish issue to divide the three big powers.