“It became apparent that all that was needed was an initial attack of the German Army and, after that, the attack of the Soviet [army]; in order to leave nothing of [Poland,] this monstrous bastard of the Treaty of Versailles ...". Excerpt from the Soviet Prime Minister Vyacheslav Molotov’s speech to the Supreme Soviet on September 31, 1939 about Nazi-Soviet invasion of Poland.
An appeal issued by the Communist International on October 7, 1939 - that is the 22 Anniversary of the October Revolution - described the Soviet-Nazi invasion of Poland as “an example of cooperation of socialist nations against Anglo-French imperialism.”
“When the Soviets fought their way into the city, the fate of the defenders [of Grodno] and civilians was tragic. Some of them were laid [alive] on the street and then they were crashed by tanks. Several hundred others were shot at the outskirts of the city. There were many school children among them. There was also a “wall of the dead [bodies]” on the city plaza”.– Jerzy Krusenstern remembers the Soviet invasion of Poland in Grodno.
“The deadly monster trundled forward, and I, crazed, rushed straight towards it. Indescribably grinding … the [Soviet] tank stops right in front of me. Tied to the front [armored] plate of the tank, I see young child, a boy with his arms and legs outstretched. The blood from his wounds is streaming through the metal. Danka and I begin to untie the tied up, outstretched arms [and legs] of the boy. I am oblivious to everything around me. Then, dressed in black a tank crewman jumps out. He is holding Browning [handgun] in his hand, then another one jumps out – he threatens us … He doesn’t exist for me.
All I can see are the frightened eyes of the child, and his suffering. I can see, how he reaches towards me with his freed fragile arms with boundless faith. With one confident move the tall Danka picks the child from the tank and lie him on the stretcher. I am already by his head. We grab the stretcher and – leaving the dumfounded executioners behind – we run towards the hospital. The boy has five gun wounds … and had lost a lot of blood, but he is conscious.
At the hospital he is surrounded by nurses, doctors, and patients –“I want my Mom”– the child says. His name is Tadeusz Jasinski. He is 13-years old. He is the only child of Zofia Jasinska, a maid. He doesn’t have a dad. He was raised by Zaklad Dobroczynnosci, a charity.
He went to fight, threw a bottle with gasoline at the tank, but didn’t light it up, he didn’t know how … They jumped from the tank, beat him, wanted to kill him, and then they tied him up to the front of the tank. Danka brought his mother. The blood transfusion is not helping. The boy, weaker and weaker, begins to slip away. But, he is dying in his Mom’s arms, on this [tiny] strip of [what still is] Free Poland. For now, the military hospital is still in our hands”. Grazyna Lipinska, in the Soviets besieged city of Grodno in September, 1939.
On September 14, 2009, the president of Poland Lech Kaczynski posthumously awarded the young Tadeusz Jasinski with Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
The Russian-German Parade in Brzesc