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THE SOVIET AND EUROPE To the Editor , The letter of Mr. Oscar Mcßrin* will, I am sure, cause many of y ou ! . readers considerable mirth. The m tic States "voluntarily" joined the ; Soviet Union in the same way that 98 per cent of the German peopl I "voluntarily" voted, for Hitler, i! was a firing squad or Siberia if thev ' didn't. That part of Poland taken oyer by the Russians contained third of the total Polish population of Poland. Does Mr. Mcßrine S what happened to the million or Poles deported from this territorv to Russia as forced labour in uuifi They have never been heard of again How does your correspondent recon pile point 1 of the Atlantic Charter in which aggrandisement, territorial or other, is renounced, with «?« direct annexation of these territories against the obvious wishes of thl inhabitants at the expense of an an* and neutrals? How does he reco? cile point 2 of the charter, in whirh the signatories, including Great Britain, Russia, U.S.A., FinlanH Czechoslovakia, Estonia, LaW Lithuania, Poland, Yugoslavia Bin , garia, Rumania, etc., expressed th* desire to see no territorial chanSf that do not accoru with the fi-fli,, expressed wish of the inhabitants It these territories. Does he maintefn that the Lublin Committee and the present Polish Government bnth made in Russia, were freely-elertS Governments? I suggest that «r Teheran Conference was agreater appeasement than Munich, for M r Chamberlain at Munich broke Tn treaty. At Yalta the Angfo-PolKh Treaty of Alliance was grossly S la ted and Poland was sacrifices pe?" haps Mr. Churchill had no choice but to agree to the fifth partition of Poland, but was it necessary to call the sacrifice of Poland just? Whether Prussia has more imperial aims is t think, only known to the Russian, unless Mr. Mcßrine is in theircnn! fidence, but one wonders what aim* Russia has in Turkey, Persia s£2 kiang and Manchuria, not to mention Europe. DOUGLAS D. BLACK

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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945