Several dispositions and a law proposal are being elaborated now against the brigadistes: suppression of the war veterans’ grant, renaming of streets and schools in Warsaw that were named after the veterans of the Dombrowski brigade. In the eye of the polish government, the brigadistes are traitors as they went fighting in Spain “in order to build up communism” and as they allegedly contributed to strengthen the “totalitarian regime” by becoming an “influent group” inside the polish communist party.
Polish authorities had already stroke off the warsaw’s monument to the unknown soldier, the name of the main battles the Polish brigadistes took part in in Spain (Ebro, Brunete and Jarama).
After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, many Poles, whether communist or not, joined in the International Brigades. Their own was named after Dombrowski. Several hundreds among them were killed in action, and many veterans took an important part in the resistance to the Nazi occupation. Poland is kicking the brigadistes out of its history, while Estonia is paying repeated official homage to former SS. Without the EU voicing any reaction – while these two countries are to be counted among the “27”.
Measures announced in Warsaw are provoking strong reactions in Spain. In Paris, the “Association des amis des combatants en Espagne Républicaine” invites you to sign the protest petition to be addressed to the polish government.
So, pretending that these people became an important totalitarian group inside the Polish Communist party sounds a bit like an overstatement.
Show the veterans of the Spanish Civil War your support and let us make sure that, neither in Poland, nor in the rest of the world, people forget what these men and women did to fight fascism in Spain. Sign here!
 Dombrowski was a protagonist of the Commune de Paris – not to be confused with a general of Napoleon’s. Translator's note ;-).