Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

I look at the poster. On 6th December at the European Parliament will take place an “Academy” in memory of Leopold Trepper and his giant spy network, which was called by the Nazis the Red Orchestra.

In 1942, his spy network had 400 radio stations in European countries, tens of thousands of active agents, and worked for the Soviet military intelligence. Exactly 70 years ago, theAbwehr located its transmitters in Brussels, then arrested and killed part of the management of the network. The boss himself was supposed to continue his work, but now as a double agent. In 1945 Trepper moved from Germany to Moscow, where he was arrested and then sentenced to long prison from which he was released only after Stalin’s death.

We all admit that the work of the Red Orchestra had the greatest importance for the Allied victory in World War II. No wonder that the December ceremony in the EP will be attended by the ambassadors of the United States, Britain, Israel, Germany, and of course the Russian Federation. Lacking, however, the Polish ambassador, despite the fact that Trepper was born in Nowy Targ, in a Jewish family. After being released from Stalinist prison, he returned to Poland and lived there until the Six Day War (1967), after which he emigrated to Israel.

The rumour is that the Polish ambassador was invited to participate in the ceremonies, but he proudly refused, because he didn’t want to have anything in common with Stalin’s spy. Of course, to the glory of the Republic of Poland and its crystal-clear anti-communist history. And if a twisted fate of Leopold Trepper is not a problem for the Allies and the defeated Germans… that’s another story…

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