In his speech at the World Holocaust Forum, the US Vice President, Mike Pence spoke about what happened in Poland when it was occupied by the Germans, and how they tried to destroy the Polish culture. He also explained where the name "Auschwitz" came from. When asked by the Davos reporters about the course of the World Holocaust Forum, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda thanked Pence for his speech. He said that he really appreciates his words which showed the whole world the historical truth:
"I’m very thankful to the US Vice President, Mike Pence for mentioning Poland in his speech. He spoke about everything that was happening on the Polish territory when occupied by Nazi Germany and how Polish culture was destroyed. Also for explaining where the name ‘Auschwitz’ came from. Why this concentration camp had this name, what did it mean in German. I’m very thankful for that, because it is a very important element of history. Thanks to Mr. Vice President, the entire world heard of it again" stated President Duda. The Polish head of state also wrote a letter entitled ‘The truth that must not die’, in which he described the situation in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. He also emphasized the fact that this history cannot be forgotten.
Contrary to what had been feared, neither the Russian President Vladimir Putin, nor any of the other leaders speaking today, attacked Poland. However, Poland’s contribution to the victory over Nazi Germany was not mentioned and a film which intended examples of anti-Semitism in the world did include photographs from an Independence March in Warsaw. 46 heads of state and government took part in the 5th World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp. Israeli president Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized that the horrors of the Holocaust must never be repeated.
Author: Michał Wyrzyk
Source: Poland Daily