German govt supports monument of Polish victims of WWII

The government in Berlin announced that it supports erecting a monument to Polish victims of the Nazi German occupation during the years 1939-1945 in the capital of Germany.

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One of Germany’s political parties, Die Linke (“Left”) asked the federal government in Berlin about the plans for commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII.

“The federal government supports the citizens’ initiative aiming to erect in the centre of Berlin a monument to Poles – the victims of the [Nazi] German occupation during the years 1939-1945,” the answer to the interpellation reads.

“WWII is the main element of Germany’s culture of memory. 80 years after the outbreak of war, 30 years after peaceful revolutions in Central-Eastern Europe and 15 years after Poland joined the EU, the federal government wants, along with neighbouring Poland, to deepen the process of addressing and reconciling with the rule of Nazi German terror in Poland,” the German government wrote.

It was also emphasized that the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier will attend the commemorations of the Nazi German aggression on Poland in the town of Wieluń, central Poland, on September 1.

Moreover, the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, will come to Warsaw to mark the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, held on August 1.

The federal government of Germany does not plan to organise any events commemorating the outbreak of WWII.

Florian Mausbach, retired head of the German Federal Office of Construction and Spatial Development initiated the process for erecting the monument. He proposed locating it on Askanischer Platz in central Berlin.

Among the groups of WWII victims of Nazi Germany, who are commemorated in Berlin, there are European Jews, homosexuals and Romani.