Lublin Government

With apparent contempt, Cadogan asked whether the Polish government had any other ideas as to how they should conduct their business. Tarnawski offered no alternative and briefed Cadogan on Polish reports about Soviet arrests and killings of members of the Polish underground, declaring that it “must be stopped.”

“I pointed out however,” wrote Cadogan in his report on the meeting, “that it was really no use saying ‘this must be stopped’ when the Russian Army was in occupation of the country and Russian authorities in practical control.“

—Serhii Plokhy, Yalta, (London: Penguin, 2010), 163, on Under-Secretary Cadogan’s January 26, 1945 meeting with Polish foreign minister

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