Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Quote from Polish Marshal Rydz-Śmigły on Germany

“Poland wants war with Germany and Germany will not be able to avoid it even if she wants to.” 
- Polish Marshal Rydz-Śmigły, Daily Mail, 6 Aug., 1939
Edward Rydz-Śmigły (1886-1941), Polish Marshal.

The following is an article from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, indicating Rydz-Śmigły was widely supported by the bulging Jewish population of interwar Poland.

Jews Participate in Ceremony Marking Smigly-Rydz Elevation
November 11, 1936
Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) 
Jewish communities of Poland participated today in celebrations marking the elevation of General Edward Rydz-Smigly, head of the Polish Legion, to the position of marshal. His name was changed to Smigly-Rydz. Special prayers were ordered in all synagogues throughout the country. Jewish leaders expressed hope that the new marshal would follow the late Marshal Pilsudski’s friendly attitude toward the Jews. The Polish Legion head has been mentioned little in regard to the Jewish question.