POLISH PREXY WARNS VS IMPERIALISM ON WORLD WAR II ANNIVERSARY
Polish President Andrzej Duda warned against the dangers of imperialism on Tuesday during a commemorative event marking the 81st anniversary of the start of World War II in Gdansk.
"This place is a ... symbol of heroism of Polish soldiers and for the entire world a warning against ... imperialism and brutal policy that leads to war," Duda said at Westerplatte, a peninsula that housed a Polish military outpost attacked by German forces on September 1, 1939.
What happened at Westerplatte serves as a warning that the tragedy of a world war should never be repeated, he said. "These events led to tragedies of nations, took millions of people who perished in battle or were murdered; they led to the Holocaust and everything dark that happened during World War II," Duda said.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki marked the anniversary in Wielun, a city now in central Poland that was bombed by the German Luftwaffe before dawn on September 1, 1939. The city, at the time located just 20 kilometers from the German border, had no military garrison, air defence, or industry. The first target of the Luftwaffe was the Wielun city hospital. "This is the place where the barbarian intention of the Germans, genocide and extermination, revealed itself," Morawiecki said during his speech in Wielun. "Historians ask, 'Why Wielun? Why this defenceless city?' Bombs killed over 1,000 people here. It is hard to find an answer for this question."