War for ideas
Before describing the events, having a direct impact on the outbreak of World War II, it is worth answering the question, why exactly did this conflict arise? What were Hitler and Stalin guided by when deciding to start the war? What was the attitude of the societies of the Third Reich and the USSR on this matter??
Uniting a war must always be firmly grounded, for without it it often meets the dissatisfaction of its own people. The setting of society is the most important in this matter. Propaganda plays a key role here, instilling ideologies and views on reality in people.
Adolf Hitler, by publishing his book entitled “My fight”, clearly stated the goals, which he placed before the Third Reich and the German nation. In it, he wrote about the superiority of the Aryan race and the need for them to obtain a living space (Life dream), which was in an evil way seized as a result “the Versailles dictate”. In his later speeches, he declared the need to master the Slavic race. He conducted numerous anti-Polish campaigns, aimed at the spiritual preparation of society for war. In carrying out his plans, he was assisted by the Minister of Propaganda of the Third Reich, Joseph Goebbels, master of human manipulation.
The situation among the German population was conducive to the spread of this type of ideology. Germany, stuck in poverty and misery, humiliated by the Treaty of Versailles, they welcomed the words of Fr. “the master race” and the domination of the Millennial Reich over all other nations. Soon they were eagerly awaiting the implementation of these ideas.
The hypnotized German society was overwhelmed by an enormous aversion to the Polish nation. This enmity intensified in the Free City of Gdańsk, which Germany ? in line with Hitler's ideas ? they considered wickedly taken from themselves. W 1939 year, numerous sabotages against Poles living there were carried out in Gdańsk, aimed at presenting international opinion, that the city is in fact German and should be incorporated into the Third Reich. Polish stores were destroyed, Poles were fired from work, and even from apartments. All of this was inspired by instilled ideas, thanks to which the Germans accepted with approval the news of the aggression against Poland that had begun.
In the Soviet Union, however, it was a bit different. Not propagated ? just like in Germany – national ideology and chauvinistic approach to reality. Instead, the revolutionary ideas of communism prevailed, aimed at combating “great states” i “landownership”. Anti-Polish campaign, which the USSR authorities did not spare themselves, described Poland precisely as the country of the bourgeoisie and the enemies of the people. He was used to describe the oppressors of the brotherly Belarusian and Ukrainian nations, which was a kind of prelude to the speech of Vyacheslav Molotov on 17 September 1939 year.
The propaganda instilled in many young Russians a sense of a liberating mission against “master-bourgeois” Poland, so they willingly enlisted in the Red Army, a 17 On September, they crossed the Polish-Soviet border in line with the liberation of the population from the yoke of the landowners.
As you can see, propaganda bodies in both countries conscientiously positioned the population and instilled in them ideologies and plans, which were born in the minds of their leaders. Thanks to this war, which was coming could not be perceived negatively by him. This was an excellent safeguard for future policy.