New memorial park honours Poles who saved Jews in WWII
Top Polish officials have attended ceremonies to open a new memorial park to commemorate Poles who helped Jews in World War II.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, conservative leader Jarosław Kaczyński, and Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński attend a ceremony to open the National Remembrance Park in the north-central city of Toruń on Saturday, August 8, 2020.Photo: PAP/Tytus Żmijewski
The new National Remembrance Park in the north-central city of Toruń aims to “restore the truth about Poles who saved Jews during World War II,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told those at the ceremonies on Saturday.
Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, said the memorial park would help „defend the country’s dignity” and „fend off accusations” over its role in the Holocaust.
President Andrzej Duda said in a letter to those attending that “6 million Polish citizens, including 3 million Polish Jews” lost their lives during the war when Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany.
A host of events were held in Poland earlier this year to pay tribute to those who helped Jews during the dark days of German occupation.
Mateusz Szpytma, deputy head of Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), said at the time that „Poles who saved Jews were, are and should serve as a role model and an inspiration.”
The Polish president told world leaders in January that “the truth about the Holocaust must not die.”
Source: IAR, PAP