Polish German relations and the Effects of the Second Word War

Polish German relations and the Effects of the Second Word War

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"For several decades the shadow of the war and occupation, of endless victims, tragedy, and suffering, fell across Polish-German relations. We were divided by the iron curtain. Thus the new chapter in our relations that opened in 1989 has not been an easy one. It required vision and courage to overcome the fatalism of enmity, injury, and prejudice. Bold thinking and a new approach were reflected in the Polish bishops’ historic letter of 1965, the attitude of the Lutheran Church in Germany, and the memorable visit of Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt to Warsaw, where, before the statue to the Heroes of the Ghetto Uprising, he offered homage to the victims of Nazi crimes. The words of the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Roman Herzog, fell deep into Polish minds and hearts, when on 1 August 1994 he declared before the statue to the Heroes of the Warsaw Uprising: “We, Germans, are filled with shame by the fact that our country and nation will always be associated with the pain and suffering inflicted a million-fold on the Poles.” As a result of this and of other momentous declarations made by the highest representatives of the German state, as well as of the moving words and noble deeds of many enlightened citizens of Poland and Germany, relations between our countries have undergone positive, radical change. "show more

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  • Paperback | 394 pages
  • 150 x 240 x 20mm | 595g
  • Polski Instytut Spraw Miedzynarodowych
  • Warszawa, Poland
  • English
  • 8391974383
  • 9788391974384