Italian daily publishes PM's article on Battle of Warsaw
On Saturday, the centenary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, Italian daily La Stampa published a text on its website by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the historic importance of the battle.
In the article, which was also published in many other countries, Morawiecki described the battle's centenary as one of the most important anniversaries of contemporary free Europe.
The text was published under the 'Telling Poland to the world' initiative organised by Poland's New Media Institute with support from the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) to publicise Polish issues globally.
On La Stampa's internet page, Morawiecki wrote that there exist in history "node points, that define the future course of events." He noted that for Poland and Europe one of these moments in the 20th century was August 15, 1920, when Poland won an unexpected victory over superior Bolshevik forces outside the polish capital, forces which Morawiecki wrote, "were supposed to bring the fire of communist revolution to the whole of Western Europe."
He pointed out that according to the late British diplomat Edgar D'Abernon, the Battle of Warsaw was the 18th most important battle of world history. The PM compared it to the allied landings at Normandy in 1944 as a "decisive moment in the fight against totalitarianism in Europe."
Morawiecki wrote the Iron Curtain had denied the battle its rightful place in world history, both in popular culture and in history textbooks.