Poland opposes the denial and distortion of the history of the Holocaust and is determined to firmly react to attempts to use the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz-Birkenau’s liberation and using memories of the camp's victims for political purposes, said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Berlin, where he took part in an official concert being performed as part of the Holocaust Remembrance Day celebrations.
“Instead of resorting to words used in various political games, we want to listen to the silence left behind by 60 million WWII victims and six million Holocaust victims," the PM said.
“[During WWII], Auschwitz-Birkenau was not the only hell on Earth. The second was called the Gulag”, the head of the Polish government stated, adding that each of these places deserves special care to serve as “a lesson for future generations”.
"Irena Sendler, a Righteous Among the Nations, a woman who saved nearly 2,500 Jewish children from the Holocaust would certainly want that. That is what Polish heroes, about whose deeds neither films were made nor books were written, would want. That is what all of the witnesses of both Nazi German and the Soviet, communist totalitarianism would wish for," PM Morawiecki said.
Mateusz Morawiecki started his two-day visit to the German capital city on Monday, which is also International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with the main ceremonies held at the site of the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz in Oświęcim, southern Poland.