“Poland suffered unprecedented losses. Personal losses – on the part of Germany it is 5 million 200 thousand victims – but also losses in all other areas of life. We were deprived of development opportunities for many years. Hundreds of thousands of works of art, books and inventions were not created and will never be created again. Our generations for many, many years ahead have been mutilated. The scale of these crimes, these losses, is unprecedented. That is why we say #bezprzedawNIEnia,” said Deputy Prime Minister Professor Piotr Glinski.
The Minister of Culture and National Heritage took part on Friday in the opening of the #BezPrzedawNIEnia exhibition, which is part of the celebrations of the 83rd anniversary of the outbreak of World War II and which presents the story of localities destroyed during World War II.
The Minister of Culture and National Heritage stressed that among civilised countries in contemporary Europe, there is no such thing as a statute of limitations on World War II crimes. This is supported by arguments based on moral, legal, and political reasons.
“If we were to agree that such crimes could apply the statute of limitations, we would have to agree to the abdication of modern civilisation, because it is based on certain principles and values, including those called European values,” Professor Piotr Glinski stressed.
Thanking the organisers of the #BezPrzedawNIEnia exhibition – the Office of the Niepodległa Programme and the company that is rebuilding the Saxon Palace – the Deputy Prime Minister pointed to its uniqueness due to the use of modern technology, which makes it possible to present in an extremely appealing to the imagination condition of Polish buildings and cities before the war and what was left of them as a result of German aggression.
The #BezPrzedawNIEnia exhibition is displayed in an extremely symbolic location. Large-format photographic prints have been placed on the fence behind which work is starting on the reconstruction of the Saxon Palace. After the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising, the Germans blew up the buildings; only the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with a fragment of the colonnade was left. The palace was no longer a place of fighting; turning it to rubble was a deliberate act. The exhibition can be viewed until 20 September 2022.
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