Press conference of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was a culminating act, an act of despair, and we would like to honour this act as beautifully as we can. We want it to be a cry heard by the whole world, the cry of the truth about World War II – said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the conference dedicated to establishing the Warsaw Ghetto Museum.
I would like this museum to be a place where in a special way we will think of our Polish-Jewish neighbours and Polish-Jewish history, which began – as in the painting by Matejko – in 1096. Władysław Herman received a delegation of the Jews who were being expelled back then. It has been like that for hundreds of years. The Jews were expelled from all European countries – said the Prime Minister.
The Head of the Government quoted the words by Moses ben Israel Isserles, one of the 16th-century rabbis, who had said that without Poland, that peaceful land, our life would be unbearable. We would not be able to survive. So it has been like that for hundreds of years until the time of the second apocalypse, which began with the destruction of the Polish state – said the Prime Minister.
The hecatomb of the Jewish people began with the destruction of the Polish state.
The knowledge of the unprecedented murder of the Jewish people must be disseminated as widely as possible all over the world – as Szmul Mordechai Zygielbojm, mentioned by the Prime Minister, wrote in his comprehensive report on the tragic events that took place during World War II in occupied Warsaw – the responsibility for this falls on the Germans, on the German people, but also on those who did not help.
As the Head of the Government reminded, the destruction of the Polish state was the beginning of the hecatomb of the Jewish people, the nation of the Polish Jews. The great culture and the wonderful Yiddish language were gone. He added that the apogee of the destruction of the Jewish people took place after the Wannsee conference in 1942, when the horrible German crime machine led to the death of about 3 million Polish Jews and 3 million Jews from all over Europe.
As stressed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the Warsaw Ghetto Museum would be a place to honour the act of the ghetto insurgents, who in the hopeless situation fought for dignity, so as to make their cry more audible.