The people who had been brought here were to lose their names, surnames and lives. They have been given concentration camp numbers – all those people brought here to be murdered or badgered to death during slave labour – said the Prime Minister.
German crimes which took place here, in Auschwitz, are the crimes which brought the notion of evil and hatred to the completely different level which has not been known so far. It is the notion of evil, which was the evil in its purest form, against man and other nations. The people who were brought here were to be deprived of humanity – stressed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
As he added, in Auschwitz
humanity was to be non-existent and in some sense it was. But this did not apply to the Jews, Poles, Roma and Russians, but to those who committed this crime. They deprived themselves of this humanity on their own. Crushing, brutal, brown force exterminated the Jewish people and a part of the Polish nation. It was the German force and as a warning we need to call a spade a spade: yes – yes, no – no.
No permission for criminal ideologies
The Prime Minister added that this horrible crime, which took place in Auschwitz, in addition to separation from the world by an external barbed wire and a high wall, was also separated by from the world by ideology. As the Prime Minister said, “menacing, dark, terrible, Hitlerian, Nazi ideology.”
There is no permission for any criminal ideologies, such as German Nazism, Communism, racism, Antisemitism, for any such actions. That is why we will remember all those death mechanisms that were applied back then. We owe this remembrance to those living today, but even more to all the victims of those terrible times – stressed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
The smoke from Auschwitz spilled all over Europe, all over the world
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki mentioned Jan Karski and Rittmeister Witold Pilecki, who provided their knowledge of Auschwitz to the then free world.
The cry of Auschwitz also sounded all over the world. Jan Karski brought a very detailed report on the Holocaust to President of the United States Franklin Roosevelt, but he was not heard. One of the greatest heroes of the 20th century, Rittmeister Witold Pilecki, went to Auschwitz voluntarily, as a prisoner, so as to be able to best describe what was going on there. He prepared a very precise report which was provided by the Polish Underground State to the West, to the then free world, mainly Anglosaxon, which was still fighting – this report also passed unnoticed – said the Prime Minister at the ceremony.
We do not permit the relativisation of evil
The Prime Minister stressed that the death camps, as a great warning, should be remembered and revered, as it is in Poland. He noted that it is not like that everywhere in Europe and memorial sites are destined for other purposes. As he said: “we do not permit the relativisation of evil”. He wished all other European nations also remembered this.
There are about 20,000 Righteous Among the Nations, so many medals were awarded, including nearly 7,000 to the Poles, but this does not reflect the truth, this does not reflect the reality of those times. In occupied Poland, those helping our Jewish brothers were threatened to be immediately killed and therefore in Yad Vashem one, the most important tree, tree for Poland, is missing – stated the Head of the Government.
The Prime Minister added that at that time, in such places, there had been also the signs of the greatest courage and good, which was crushed back then by the German force. In conclusion, he added that as a warning we need to call a spade a spade.
The main ceremony of the 73th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz is held in the building of so-called central sauna in the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau. It is attended by, inter alia, the former prisoners of the camp, Morawiecki and, inter alia, former Head of the Government, Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło. During the further part of the ceremony, the participants gathered before the memorials for the victims of the camp, to light up grave candles and pay homage to the killed.
27 January is celebrated all over the world as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in November 2005.