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New public holiday on September 10. A group of PiS deputies submitted a draft to the Sejm – the National Day of Remembrance of the Gehenna of Polish Children of War

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Law and Justice proposes that September 10 be established as the National Day of Remembrance of Gehenna of Polish Children of War. The parliamentary bill on the new national holiday is already in the Sejm.

The parliamentary bill on establishing the National Day of Remembrance of the Gehenna of Polish Children of War was published on the website of the Sejm. The draft was submitted for the opinion of the Legislative Office of the Chancellery of the Sejm and the Bureau of Parliamentary Research of the Chancellery of the Sejm.

The project was contributed by the group PiS deputies. As we read, the representative of the applicants is Jacek Kurzępa (PiS).

According to the authors of the project, “The Gehenna of Polish Children of War, related to the cruelty of World War II on the part of both totalitarianisms: German and Soviet, is insufficiently present in the consciousness of contemporary Poles.” “Children became the most defenseless victims of the dehumanized goals of criminals. The intention of the occupiers was to destroy the Polish nation biologically, enslave it and deprive it of autonomy and freedom. For this purpose, various methods of cruelty were used, in particular towards children” – indicated in the justification attached to the project.

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PiS proposes a new public holiday

At the same time, data were quoted, which show that about 6 million Polish people died under the German occupation, including about 3 million citizens of Jewish nationality and about 3 million of Polish nationality. “2.2 million children died then, including one million Jewish children. Several hundred thousand were physically and mentally mutilated by the German occupiers, and almost 1.6 million children were orphaned,” we read.

Why should a new public holiday be established on September 10? The authors of the project pointed out that the date refers to the mass arrests of children carried out in 1943 by the German occupation authorities in the town of Mosina in Wielkopolska. “The so-called Mosin case (German: Sache Moschin) was a kind of extension of the arrests that followed the capture and execution of members of the ZWZ-AK Poznań Association of Retaliation, grouped around Dr. Franciszek Witaszek. The action included the arrests by the German Secret State Police (Gestapo) of several hundred Polish residents of the Mosina and the surrounding area in connection with the accusation of activities directed against the Third Reich.

As indicated in the justification, the apprehended residents of Mosina subsequently became victims of, among others, camps in: Żabikowo, KL Auschwitz, KL Dachau, KL Mauthausen. “The arrests took place in 1943, and their apogee took place on September 9 of that year. On September 10, 1943, the children of several dozen people arrested the day before were arrested. At least 43 of them were then imprisoned as the so-called Terroristenkinder in a German concentration camp for children Polish prisoners in Łódź (Polen-Jugendverwahrlager Litzmannstadt), becoming co-prisoners of children from other regions of occupied Poland, including Silesia, Zamość region, Central Poland (Łódź, Warsaw) and Lesser Poland (Krakow)” – we read.

In the opinion of the applicants, “the choice of the date of September 10 as the date of the celebration of the National War Children’s Day would correspond to the premise of the purposefulness of the newly established national holiday, especially in the broadly understood educational and upbringing dimension.” “It would allow for the presentation of the issue of martyrdom of Polish children within the school education system and in the media space, as one of the most important aspects of the occupiers’ repression of Poles during World War II” – indicated the authors of the project.

According to the applicants, by establishing September 10 as the National Day of Remembrance of the Gehenna of Polish Children of War, “the Parliament pays tribute to all Polish citizens, in particular children murdered and harmed by the occupiers during World War II.”

The Act – if adopted – is to enter into force within 14 days from the date of publication. There is no information in the draft that on September 10 – after the entry into force of the proposed public holiday – would be a day off work.

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