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Soviet Prime Minister Vyacheslav Molotov signs the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. Behind him stand (left) Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop of Germany and (right) Joseph Stalin. The non-aggression pact had a secret protocol attached in which arrangements were made for a partition of Poland's territory.
The heads of the "Big Four" nations at the Paris Peace Conference, 27 May 1919. From left to right: David Lloyd George, Vittorio Orlando, Georges Clemenceau, and Woodrow Wilson
Polish infantry in action during the Invasion of Poland in September 1939
British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
Polish anti-aircraft artillery in September 1939
German delegate Johannes Bell signing the Treaty of Versailles in the Hall of Mirrors, with various Allied delegations sitting and standing in front of him
Polish cavalry at Battle of the Bzura
German colonies (light blue) were made into League of Nations mandates.
Survivor of bombing of Warsaw
Workmen decommissioning a heavy gun, to comply with the treaty
Soviet invasion of Poland, September 1939
Location of the Rhineland (yellow)
Poland was partitioned in 1939 as agreed by Germany and the Soviet Union in their treaty; division of Polish territories in 1939–41
A British news placard announcing the signing of the peace treaty
Changes in administration of Polish territories following the 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union
Senator Borah, Lodge and Johnson refuse Lady Peace a seat, referring to efforts by Republican isolationists to block ratification of Treaty of Versailles establishing the League of Nations
Hans Frank
German delegates in Versailles: Professor Walther Schücking, Reichspostminister Johannes Giesberts, Justice Minister Otto Landsberg, Foreign Minister Ulrich Graf von Brockdorff-Rantzau, Prussian State President Robert Leinert, and financial advisor Carl Melchior
Public execution of 54 Poles in Rożki village, 1942
Demonstration against the treaty in front of the Reichstag
Photos from The Black Book of Poland, published in London in 1942 by the Polish Government-in-Exile
Medal issued by the Japanese authorities in 1919, commemorating the Treaty of Versailles. Obv: Flags of the five allies of World War I. Rev: Peace standing in Oriental attire with the Palace of Versailles in the background
One of the mass graves of the Katyn massacre (spring 1940), exhumed in 1943. The number of victims is estimated at 22,000, with a lower limit of confirmed dead of 21,768. Of them 4,421 were from Kozelsk, 3,820 from Starobelsk, 6,311 from Ostashkov, and 7,305 from Byelorussian and Ukrainian prisons.
A crowd awaits the plebiscite results in Oppeln
Wanda Wasilewska
French soldiers in the Ruhr, which resulted in the American withdrawal from the Rhineland
German recruitment poster: "Let's do agricultural work in Germany: report immediately to your Vogt"
Adolf Hitler announcing the Anschluß in violation of Art. 80 on the Heldenplatz, Vienna, 15 March 1938
An announcement of fifty Poles tried and sentenced to death by a Standgericht in retaliation for the assassination of one German policeman, 1944
John Maynard Keynes, the principal representative of the British Treasury, referred to the Treaty of Versailles as a "Carthaginian peace".
Battalion Zośka soldiers in Wola during the Warsaw Uprising
Commemorative medal issued in 1929 in the Republic of Weimar on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles. The obverse depicts George Clemenceau presenting a bound treaty, decorated with skull and crossbones to Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau. Other members of the Conference are standing behind Clemenceau, including Lloyd-George, Wilson and Orlando.
Warsaw Uprising in the Old Town
American political cartoon depicting the contemporary view of German reparations, 1921
Starving Jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto (1940–1943), during the German occupation of Poland
Map of territorial changes in Europe after World War I (as of 1923)
The entrance to the Auschwitz I concentration camp, established by Nazi Germany in Poland
Victims of a massacre committed by the UPA in the village of Lipniki in Volhynia, 1943
Władysław Sikorski
Polish volunteers to Anders' Army, released from a Soviet POW camp
January 1945 aerial photo of destroyed Warsaw
The PKWN Manifesto was issued on 22 July 1944
The legacy of World War II: Poland's old and new borders

The officially pursued German rearmament began in 1935 under Adolf Hitler, contrary to the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles – the foundation of the post-World War I international order.

- History of Poland (1939–1945)

These sharpening ethnic conflicts would lead to public demands to reattach the annexed territory in 1938 and become a pretext for Hitler's annexations of Czechoslovakia and parts of Poland.

- Treaty of Versailles
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