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80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Agnieszka Holland comments

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Film director Agnieszka Holland, on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, said in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24 that the fighters were aware that “this is a symbolic gesture, that it is a kind of suicide.” “It seems to me that the Holocaust vaccinated us for a long time against the temptations of nationalism or racism, but this vaccine, like most vaccines, has unfortunately run out, and now we are vulnerable again,” she added.

– It was an uprising – I talked about it a lot with Marek Edelman – where the fighters were perfectly aware that it was a symbolic gesture, that it was a kind of suicide, that they just wanted to die with a gun in their hands and kill so many the Germansas much as possible. I did not count on victory. First of all, they had no weapons – she said in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24 Agnes Holland.

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She referred here to the Ukrainians who heroically defended themselves against the Russian invasion. – If the Ukrainians did not have weapons, their most heroic and courageous attitude could not defend this land, this nation. The gun was something basic here – she pointed out.

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Holland: Any kind of dehumanization is a red flag for me

Holland emphasized that one cannot generalize about the attitude of the rest of Varsovians towards the heroic uprising in the ghetto. Some were indifferent, some were not. Most definitely do, she said.

– When some authorities – even those who are not liked or valued – say that they must be killed, that they are vermin, when someone is dehumanized, dehumanized, it is done in such a way that it is easy to was to get rid of, to kill, to murder, she continued. “That’s why any kind of dehumanization is a red flag to me that it could lead to the worst.” Those who survived the Holocaust or various types of genocide (…) know very well that a red light goes on and if governments, churches, authorities, if they adopt such views, then the next step may be a crime – emphasized the director.

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– It seems to me that the Holocaust vaccinated us for a long time against the temptations of nationalism or racism, but this vaccine, like most vaccines, has unfortunately run out, and now we are vulnerable again. The more so that we live in a world where, on the one hand, we are very well and prosperously, and on the other hand, we realize how fragile this prosperity is, how fragile this stabilization is. And it is easy to see the danger, the threat from those who want to come to us, who want to share our prosperity with us – said Agnieszka Holland.

Holland: I have no problem with the Border Guard, I have a problem with the authorities

In this context, the director referred to the attitude of the Polish authorities towards migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. She also mentioned a film she was preparing on this subject.

She said that in one of her previous films – “In Darkness”, about helping a group of Jews – there is a hero who “walks a fine line between good and evil”. “He can slip one way or the other, and he can be either the executioner or the savior. There are extreme situations when it comes to life and death, when we walk such a thin line. And these moral or life choices are often impossible, there is no good way out. Such situations interest me, especially when it happens here and now and when both my friends and the authorities of my country are involved – she said.

– I would love to defend the Border Guard and I would also like to defend them against orders that break the law. Because if someone ever pays for it, it will be individual officers, who in their huge mass are cool people – she continued.

– I have no problem with the Border Guard, I have a problem with the authorities that confront these officers with challenges that break their conscience – emphasized Agnieszka Holland. – I am a patriot, but perhaps I see patriotism differently than Minister Wąsik and Minister Kamiński – she added.

– My film is about people who found themselves in a situation that surprised them and which somehow surpasses them, such choices have always interested me – said Agnieszka Holland.

Holland: I have no problem with the Border Guard, I have a problem with the authoritiesTVN24

Operation “Sluice” – Lukashenko’s revenge

Migration crisis at the borders Belarus from Poland, Lithuania and Latvia was triggered by Alyaksandr Lukashenko, accused of conducting a hybrid war. It consists in an organized transfer of migrants to the territory of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Over the 28 years of his rule, Lukashenko has repeatedly threatened Europe with weakening border controls.

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Tadeusz Giczan, journalist of the Belarusian opposition channel Nexta, described the action of bringing migrants to Belarus from the Middle East or Africa to cause a migration crisis. He explained that the Belarusian services were conducting the “Sluice” operation invented 10 years ago in this way.

Under the guise of trips to Minsk, promising to transfer to the EU, Lukashenko’s regime brought thousands of migrants to Belarus. Then he transports them to the borders of EU countries, where Belarusian services force them to cross them illegally. This operation is ongoing.

Main photo source: TVN24



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