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Mr. Black denounces, scoffs, wonders and-- inquires. In reply 1 can only say that the Baltic States, by vote of their several Parliaments, applied for admission to the Soviet Union. Their resistance in 1941-42 probably saved Leningrad. There were no Quislings there. Do I know "what happened to the million or so Poles deported as forced to Russia?" Yes! They vanishetr into the thin air from which they had been conjured. Do I maintain that the present Polish Government was freely elected? No! It was set up by the "Big Three" to take charge until conditions allow of a free election. Neither was the Government which beat all records to safety and left the Polish people to face the German onslaught, freely elected. Mr. Black "suggests" that at Teheran and Yalta Roosevelt and Churchill were guilty of greater "appeasement" than Chamberlain at Munich. Capitalist U.S.A. and Tory England "appeasing" a Socialist State seems to me a humorous idea. Chamberlain and Laval "appeasing" a supercapitalist one I quite understand. I am not "in the confidence of the Russians," but fifty years' reading of Russian authors from Tolstoy to Ehrenbarg .gives me confidence that Soviet Russia will do the right thing by her neighbours from the Socialist point of view. This does not permit of exploitation of one person by another or one people by another. Mr. Black is out-of-date. He refers to Siberia as though it were still a penal colony in a desert waste. Does he not know that Siberia furnished great quan\ ; t ; iOs of food and munitions for the Red Army and many of the toughest fighters that smashed Hitler's Wehrmacht and its satellites from Stalingrad to Berlin. OSCAR McBRINE.

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THE SOVIET AND EUROPE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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THE SOVIET AND EUROPE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945