The National Remembrance Park was opened today in Toruń. The Museum is dedicated to Poles who saved the lives of Jews during the German occupation in Poland. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the leader of Law and Justice Jarosław Kaczyński took part in the event. President Andrzej Duda sent a letter to the participants of the ceremony.
Yesterday, the National Remembrance Park was opened to commemorate thousands of Poles who saved Jews during World War II, risking their own lives. The ceremonies in Toruń began with a Holy Mass at the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary Star of the New Evangelization and St John Paul II in Toruń. The Eucharist was presided over by Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź, Metropolitan of Gdańsk.
“Remembering John Paul II’s warning that a nation that does not know its past dies and does not build a future, we still need to make up for the great backlog of the past years, we still need to make up for it today”, said Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, leader of the Law and Justice party Jarosław Kaczyński, Deputy Prime Ministers Piotr Gliński and Jacek Sasin, Head of the Ministry of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak and Minister of Agriculture Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski opened the Park by a ceremonial cutting of a ribbon.
“This Park, which is being opened, will also serve Poland well, will serve to oppose what is supposed to plunge us in different ways, hit our dignity and our other interests in some further plan. Dignity is undoubtedly the most important, because it is priceless”, stated Kaczyński at the ceremony.
“Let this Park be a meeting place for generations – a generation of those who behaved as it should at that barbaric time, our generation, and the generations that will come after us. Let it be a souvenir of those years, but also of the heroism and bravery of the Poles”, followed PM Morawiecki.
The park was created in a complex with a Redemptorist temple and Father Rydzyk’s College of Social and Media Culture. Opposite the park there stands the construction of the St. John Paul II Memory and Identity Museum, which is to be ready in spring 2021.