Polish President Andrzej Duda visited the concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, where Polish scholars were murdered by the Nazis.
“This place and the Sonderaktion Krakau, directed against Polish professors shows the real aim of German Nazis who occupied Poland at the time. At the very beginning of that occupation they wanted to cut out the most valuable organs from the organism of the Polish Republic, from our society, by killing the scholars who were the core of our intelligentsia and the development of our society,” said Andrzej Duda.
The President told the story of the 183 professors from the city of Kraków, who were called by Germans to attend a supposed lecture. They were later arrested and most of them were executed.
“I’m happy that we could today, at this commemorative plate, bow down in honour of them and in honour to all the Poles who died in this concentration camp,” added Duda.
Earlier in the day, Duda joined the presidents of Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.