Prime Minister Beata Szydło in Auschwitz-Birkenau camp: Our task is to remember and testify to the truth

Let us remember the heroes and testify to the truth. Good will always overcome evil, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło during the celebrations of the 72nd anniversary of liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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Photo: P. Tracz/Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Call for remembrance and truth

The Prime Minister said that for 72 years the 27 January has been a unique day on which the survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp meet. No words can describe what happened here. People deprived other people of humanity. They deprived them of what defines us as humans, reminded Beata Szydło.

The Prime Minister, who was born in Oświęcim, knows the history of this place very well. She talked about the help provided by the members of her family and residents of the area to the prisoners. None of us can understand the suffering that you went through, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło to survivors of the camp. She stressed that the persons who survived the extermination still experience fear and their wounds are still open. According to the Prime Minister, what happened at this German Nazi extermination camp was inconceivable evil.

Remembrance and truth – this is our task, our weapon against evil. The truth must be spoken out loud, so that it never turned into lie which tries to provide an alibi for evil, stated Beata Szydło. The Prime Minister emphasized that various nationalities met at the celebrations of the liberation of the camp in Oświęcim. This demonstrates that we want to draw conclusions from KL Auschwitz–Birkenau. It is our obligation towards victims of the camp and the Holocaust to convey the truth about those events, she said.

Holocaust is exposed and palpable evil

The Prime Minister described the perpetrators of those tragic events: They were people in German uniforms – the German Nazi who are responsible for evil at the German extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and other death machines launched to annihilate others. It is incomprehensible, and although we try to fathom it somehow, it is impossible, because we are people and this death factory was created by those who hated people, said Beata Szydło. She called for remembering the victims and the heroes. Let us draw a veil of condemnation over the murderers, she added.

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