THE NATIONS: Sealed & Delivered

At the start of World War II, when Soviet Russia was an ally of Nazi Germany, the Russians grabbed the Eastern provinces of Poland. At the end of World War II, when the Russians were sponsoring a Communist-dominated regime in Poland, this land grab, which had greatly embittered the Poles, proved embarrassing to Moscow. The Russians suggested that Poland be compensated for her loss in the east by some choice German territory along her western borders. At Potsdam, for the sake of "harmony" with Russia, the U.S. and Britain agreed that Poland was to administer "provisionally" the strip of...

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