On the 82nd anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the German ambassador to Poland, Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, wrote that “sadly and with shame, in the face of millions of victims of German crimes, all German representations in Poland today lowered their flags to the middle of the mast”. “It is our duty to cherish the memory of the victims and heroes of this cruel war,” emphasized chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Poland, Bix Aliu.
82 years ago, the German army, without declaring war, crossed the borders of the Republic of Poland at dawn, starting the Second World War. Wieluń was one of the first cities to be hit by German bombs on 1 September. From 4.40. to the 14th, 380 bombs with a total weight of 46 tons fell on the city. According to various sources, 1,200 to more than 2,000 people died then. 75 percent were left in ruins. urban development. According to historians, the city was bombed to test equipment and intimidate the civilian population.
On Wednesday at 4.30 it started anniversary ceremony in Wieluń with the participation of President Andrzej Duda. It took place at the same time celebration at Westerplattewhere, among others, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the Marshal of the Sejm Elżbieta Witek spoke.
Ambassador of Germany: Representations in Poland lowered their flags today
The German ambassador to Poland, Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, wrote on Twitter that “sadly and with shame in the face of millions of victims of German crimes, all German representations in Poland today lowered their flags to the middle of the mast”.
– It was the Germans here in Wieluń and then all over Poland who committed crimes against humanity. Not some abstract Nazis, but German soldiers, administrators, German occupiers, committed the most serious crimes. Responsibility for this will never pass away – he said during a speech delivered on Wednesday in Wieluń.
– Wieluń, as the federal president Frank-Walter Steinmeier said here two years ago, must “be present in our minds and in our hearts”. Far too few Germans know about this place. Therefore, it is good that Wieluń and the roller of terror and destruction that started here occupy a much more significant place in our memory today. Wieluń must remain a warning that speaks of the value of peace, the value of every single human life, he said.
The ambassador assured that “this barbarism, which my countrymen committed here and in this country, does not leave any German indifferent”. – We feel our historical responsibility. And to the memory of the crimes committed by the Germans – not relativizing, not cutting off and not whitewashing history – he said. – I bow my head to the victims of the barbaric air raids on Wieluń – he added.
Bix Aliu: It is our duty to cherish the memory of our victims and heroes
Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Poland Bix Aliu wrote on Twitter that “on the 82nd anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, which began with the invasion of Poland, we remember Poles who fought heroically for their homeland and never lost hope.” “
“It is our duty to cherish the memory of the victims and heroes of this cruel war. We will never forget” – he added.
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