NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 31, 1979
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(Studio) Beginning of World War II 40 years ago tonight, with Adolf Hitler's lie re: alleged attack on Germany by Poland, recalled.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Warsaw, Poland) Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, and agreement with USSR , recalled; details given. Films shown. No. killed by war's end cited. Battle at Gdansk, then Danzig, recalled by Polish soldier; name given. Poland's commemoration of its occupation and emphasis on peace noted; films shown. Equation of September 1, 1939, for Poles with Pearl Harbor for Americans mentioned. Concentration camp outside Gdansk shown, mentioned. Role of USSR in Poland recalled; memorial outside Warsaw to 5000 Polish soldiers executed by Nazis noted. Pol. overtones of ceremony mentioned. [MAN - calls for Warsaw citizens to guard socialism, friendship with USSR .] Impact of September 1, 1939, mentioned.
REPORTER: John Palmer