Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the celebrations of the National Day of Remembrance of Victims of Genocide in Volhynia

Today, we commemorate the memory of our compatriots cruelly murdered on the borderlands of the Second Polish Republic said the Head of the Government at the state celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the massacres in Volhynia in Warsaw.

Premier Mateusz Morawiecki wita się z pochodzącą z Wołynia Janiną Wójcik 1 of 12
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They have been murdered without any reason. They have been murdered only because they were Poles said the Prime Minister. As he added, this horrible Sunday, which was named Bloody Sunday of 11 July 1943, was only one of many days during which cruel and atrocious massacres were committed.

The Prime Minister mentioned that the massacre in Volhynia had been a crime of enormous range which had taken place in the then territories of the Second Polish Republic occupied by the Germans, and later on by the Soviet Russia. This is the crime, which not only do we need to remember and commemorate the memory of the horribly murdered Poles. This is the crime of genocidestressed Mateusz Morawiecki.

The Prime Minister also referred to the symbol of remembrance of that time, i.e. the flax flower. Back then, flax was growing in Volhynia and in the borderlands of the Second Polish Republic, but for a very short time, only a few hours a year, and also entire villages inhabited by the Poles vanished from the face of the earth in a few hours stated the Prime Minister.

As he noted, the truth about the genocide in Volhynia, Pokuttya and the Lviv, Tarnopol and Stanisławów Voivodeships in the times of the Third Polish Republic had been hidden, kept secret and relativised. He explained that in view of this fact the established Institute of Solidarity and Valour was to protect the memory of all victims from the eastern territories.

During his address, the Head of the Government also stressed that only based on the truth we should build the future reconciliation regarding the massacre in Volhynia. Through our activities, our acts, our words we are showing that we will not leave this way to recover the truth of every person murdered in an exceptionally inhuman, atrocious manner he said.

The Prime Minister also declared that he would not rest until the whole truth was known and each cruelly murdered person was commemorated. We promise you, dear compatriots, all those of you who, after being cruelly murdered, lie somewhere in that land in known or unknown graves that we will not rest until the truth sees the light of day. Lest we forget! concluded Mateusz Morawiecki.

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