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Marian Turski: you should not overthrow monuments, but comment on them

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Marian Turski, a historian and former Auschwitz prisoner, was a guest at the meeting of the Left parliamentary club on Tuesday. He said, among other things, that in the pursuit of historical truth “certain things cannot be taken by storm”, and the truth can sometimes only be achieved “in the third generation”. He added that one should “not knock down monuments, but comment on them”.

On Tuesday, a meeting of the parliamentary club of the Left was held in the Sejm, attended by Marian Turski, a historian and former Auschwitz prisoner.

The meeting took place on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. On this occasion, Marian Turski appealed for greater “sensitivity” in the choice of words regarding those who died in the uprising. He said not to state that the insurgents were “going to slaughter” or “fighting for a dignified death”. – Did my father and my brother, who were gassed in Auschwitz, die unworthily? – He asked.

Marian Turski also spoke about the pursuit of historical truth. “Unfortunately, many truths have to be arrived at very slowly,” he said. – If you think about how long the struggle for the recognition of homosexuals in Europe lasted, how much longer in Germanyin England, in France, after the second (world war – ed.) old, nineteenth-century, twentieth-century, homosexual laws were in force. How long did you have to fight for it?

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The historian recalled that he witnessed a change in the law in this regard in Great Britain and quoted the speaker of the British Parliament as saying: “Here we have the triumph of democracy, but please don’t show triumphalism, people don’t understand it yet.” Turski stated that in the pursuit of the truth “certain things cannot be taken by storm”, and the truth can sometimes be achieved “perhaps in the third generation”. He added that one should “not knock down monuments, but comment on them”.

Turski: It is a great art to be able to forget

The former prisoner of Auschwitz also referred to the issue of settling war criminals. “I’m sure they won’t be judged,” he said. – If you see how the Second World War criminals were dealt with, (…) some committed suicide, some died at the front – he added, mentioning that those who survived often received short prison sentences.

“In a way, we have to understand that,” he said. – It is a great art to be able to forget – he added, quoting one of the Jewish authorities. “People have to continue to get along with others and there will be a new phase,” he said.

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