Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zbigniew Rau, expressed his gratitude to German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock for her poignant message commemorating the 84th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. Baerbock’s message focused on Germany’s aggression against Poland and its people, a pivotal moment in history that plunged the world into chaos in 1939.
Rau took to social media, posting a message of appreciation, stating, “I would like to thank Minister Annalena Baerbock for remembering the German aggression against Poland, citing the victims of the war, one-fifth of Polish citizens, as well as the material losses suffered by Poland as a result of the German occupation.”
The Polish Foreign Minister highlighted the significance of acknowledging this historical chapter, emphasizing that “this topic is still insufficiently addressed in the German public discourse.” Rau’s words echo the sentiments of many Poles who believe that confronting the past is crucial for building a better future.
“I am convinced that next year’s 85th anniversary of the German aggression against Poland will allow us to make a breakthrough in the matter of German responsibility and redress,” he added, underscoring the importance of continued dialogue and cooperation between the two nations.
Earlier on the same day, Annalena Baerbock took to her official platform to offer her thoughts on this momentous historical event. She began by acknowledging the gravity of the situation, stating that “the attack on Poland started a war against humanity.” Her words serve as a stark reminder of the catastrophic consequences of aggression on such a scale.
Baerbock went on to discuss the devastating ripple effect of Germany’s actions, noting how “the German perpetrators expanded the area of destruction, stretching from the Baltic States, through Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Greece, and beyond.” Her message highlights the far-reaching devastation of the war and the profound suffering experienced by countless individuals and communities across Europe.