“I SAW THE TANKS LINED UP READY TO INVADE POLAND.”

Clare Hollingworth’s 100th birthday was celebrated in an article appearing in the BBC News, Hong Kong, video from Telgraph and in ABC News Online. Ms. Hollingworth was responsible for the biggest scoop of the 20th century.

Having worked for London’s Daily Telegraph for less than a week, she was asked to go to Poland. She reported at the end of August, 1939: “I saw the tanks lined up ready to invade Poland.” She was just ahead of them.

POLAND’S FOREIGN MINISTER RADOSLAW SIKORSKI STANDS FIRM

Interesting response by Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in this article regarding the United States’ position on Poland’s suspending the planned law on compensation or restitution of property seized between 1939-1989 to rightful owners.  Most of the member states of the European Union have passed similar laws such as that now abandoned by the Polish government.

Stuart Eizenstat who advises U.S. secretary of state on Holocaust issues strongly recommends U.S. opposition to the Polish position. Eizenstat encourages Poland to rethink their decision not only because of justice but because of practicality as well. A law such as this would certainly lower property insurance rates for houses that must include the  possibility of future claims arising because of this rightful owner issue.