The French daily newspaper L’Opinion published today a series of articles on recent Polish history written by Polish historians and publicists. The author of one of the texts about the “indefatigable spirit of Poland” is the President of the Institute of National Remembrance, Jarosław Szarek.
“With no state of our own, in the nineteenth century (...) we created a state of mind that allowed several generations born in captivity to still think about an independent Poland”. These were the words written by the President of the Institute of National Remembrance in an article published by L’Opinion. Dr Jarosław Szarek stated that Poland was reborn thanks to many years of engagement of Poles abroad. He recalled that “Mazurek Dąbrowskiego”, or “Poland is Not Yet Lost” was sung for the first time by Polish soldiers fighting alongside Napoleon and France.
L’Opinion also published an article by historian Wojciech Roszkowski, who explains that the difficult history of the Republic of Poland taught Poles to defend their values. In the text of former politician Jan Rokita, we read that understanding recent Polish history is crucial in understanding the current policies of the Polish authorities.
“History teaches us that Poland and France have never fought each other”, writes publicist Eryk Mistewicz, and calls for cooperation between the two countries beyond boundaries.