The Institute of National Remembrance exhibition in Brussels: FIGHTING POLAND.

The EU tries to rewrite history: Outrage – Germans attacked Poland?

 

At the European Parliament (‘EP’) in Brussels, Polish legislators from the Law and Justice party opened an exhibit called “FIGHTING POLAND”, which did not please the leaders of the EP .

The MEPs of the Law and Justice party held an opening ceremony for the “Fighting Poland” exhibit at the European Parliament in Brussels. They reported that, originally, the EP leaders wanted to block the exhibit, and later they tried to change it, because they did not like some segments of the historical information that were included.

The exhibit was organized by MEP Stanisław Ożog, and it was prepared by the Institute of National Remembrance. It consists of 25 boards with photos and documents from the era, showing, among other events: the attack on Poland in 1939, life in the occupied country, partisan activities, the “Tempest” campaign, and the Warsaw Uprising. The exhibit also presents biographies of heroes, including the Cursed Soldiers, who continued their struggle for independent Poland after WWII by resisting the communist dictatorship.

The head of the faction of European Conservatives and Reformists, MEP Richard Legutko, declared during the opening ceremony that the exhibit is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining her independence after World War I.

“This independence, unfortunately, lasted only 20 years, because it ended with the apocalypse of World War II, when we were abandoned by our allies and attacked almost simultaneously by Germany and Soviet Russia. We were left alone to resist. The subject of this exhibit is mainly our resistance,”– said Ryszard Legutko.

He added that: “…unfortunately some of the contents of the exhibit did not please the EP leaders.”

MEP Karol Karski told PAP that, initially, the EP leaders considered banning the exhibit altogether.

“Then, an ultimatum was presented that it would be necessary to correct, according to the EP leaders, the ‘controversial’ content. First of all, that France and England abandoned Poland in September 1939,” – he explained.

The next controversy for the EP leaders – Karol Karski told PAP – was triggered by “information that in September 1939 Germany attacked Poland.”

“It was proposed to ‘correct’ this information and convey that it was not Germany but ‘German troops,'” – said the MEP.

Finally, Karol Karski explained, the exhibit was allowed but, next to the place where it is held, a plaque was hung with information that the EP is not responsible for its content.

“This just strengthens our argument. It shows the hypocrisy of the Western world in the time preceding the Second World War and during the war. It shows what the mighty Europeans want to shamelessly hide – that when we were attacked by world powers, the other world powers betrayed us. Thanks to this plaque, the exhibit, with the goal of showing Polish bravery and martyrdom, additionally became an exhibit of Europe’s shame regarding both sides of the conflict – on one hand, the French-British betrayal and, on the other hand, German crimes,” he said.

Karol Karski added that the person in charge of exhibits at the EP is Catherine Bearder, the head of Quaestors College and a member of the Liberal Party.

During the opening ceremony, Stanisław Ożóg pointed out that the exhibit was opened at a special moment, the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.

“The elements of this exhibit, according to some members of the EP, were likely to offend the feelings of some people. But we were afraid that here at the EP they were just interested in falsifying the historical record of the twentieth century,” he said.

He added that this history needs to be defended.

The exhibit includes information that “Poland was the first to undertake armed resistance to Hitler’s expansion in Europe.”

“… But after the bloody campaign that began on September 1, 1939, Poland lost to military superiority and was abandoned by her allies, France and Great Britain. On September 17, 1939, the Soviet Union joined the armed invasion, and, together with Germany, the aggressors partitioned the country,” he added.

During the opening ceremony, a letter from the Speaker of the Sejm, Marek Kuchciński, was also read.

“The exhibit (…) documents the stages of the Polish road to freedom, the war years, as well as the subsequent events that were its aftermath. It presents heroism, determination, and relentlessness as well as the fact that, even during the occupation, we were always concerned with the future of Poland. (…) Ultimately, this was a victory for our nation and our state, which exhibits deep gratitude and pays tribute to all Polish heroes. I trust that the exhibit presented at the EP will be a source of reflection for all visitors,” – wrote Marek Kuchciński to the participants of the opening ceremony.

The Polish Minister for Humanitarian Aid, Beata Kempa, who came to Brussels to meet the representatives of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) in the EP, also attended the opening ceremony of the exhibit.

In addition, the exhibit displays photos of exhumation work conducted by the Institute of National Remembrance in locations where the remains of the “Fighting Poland’s” heroes murdered in communist prisons were found and identified.

 

Source: RadioMaryja.pl, October 16, 2018.



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