PM's text on Battle of Warsaw published in world press
A part of the New Media Institute's 'Telling Poland to the World' initiative of publicising Poland abroad, a piece by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the importance of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw was published by a number of foreign titles on Friday.
Among the media that published the article ahead of Saturday's centenary of the battle, were France's L'Opinion, Austria's Die Presse, Turkish news agency Anatolia, Greece's largest newspaper, Kathimerini, Bulgaria's 24 czasa, Montenegro's Vijesti and Lithuanian portal LRT.
In his article, PM Morawiecki referred to August 15, 1920, as a "Node point, which defines the further course of events," of Poland and Europe. "The reborn in 1918 Poland then fought a decisive victorious battle with the Bolshevik armed forces, which were supposed to bring the fire of communist revolution to the whole of Western Europe," the PM wrote.
According to the Polish head of government, the battle should be seen as a "decisive moment in the fight against totalitarianism in Europe," but due the the Iron Curtain, its importance "for the course of Europe has not been written in the memory of the world in the way it deserves."
The prime minister went on to describe the event as the "crowning of one of the most exceptional episodes of European and global history of building a modern nation," highlighting the scale of Polish society's transformation "from feudalism into one of the most modern civil societies in Europe" practically without any state institutions.
The 'Telling Poland to the World' initiative on the centenary of the Battle of Warsaw is organised by the New Media Institute and the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN). Articles on the subject will also be published in Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Malta as well as in Algeria, Thailand and Indonesia.