Yesterday, I was looking through Mother’s journals to find reference to the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. I found a letter dated September 28, 1939. Mom had kept the letter. I remember we all gathered around the radio and listened to the world news of the invasion of Poland on the day after the invasion. I was almost 6 years old, too young to understand, and I was scared. The day the letter came I heard my mother and father discussing the invasion of Poland, and the contents of that letter. The letter was from a distant relative of my father. He was an Arabian horse breeder. The following quote is an excerpt from that letter: ”I believe the end of the magnificent Arabian horse we know today is in sight. The German intrusion into Poland will affect the breeding and export of this majestic animal. The powerful bloodlines I so admire will be lost. The breed will never be the same.”
Here is Lif Strand’s post on the history of a great Polish Arabian horse After the war.. Thank you Lif.
The whole story of the Arabian and Lippizaner horses of Poland is
incredible. The book “And Miles To Go” about the Arabian Stallion
Witez II (his bloodlines featured prominently in my horse’s
pedigrees) includes the dramatic rescue by Patton. Witez II had been
in race training and at the time was standing at stud since there
were no races going on. The Germans were holding the stud farm, but
Patton and others were concerned that once the Russians took it the
horses would be used for meat. Incredible story, and of course Witez
II went on to become a major breeding stallion for both the US
government and then the whole Arabian industry once he got to America.