With Poland already struggling to keep the full weight of Hitler’s Wehrmacht at bay, the pre-dawn hours of September 17th saw Stalin’s Red Army forces invade from the East, thereby fulfilling a secret annex in August’s Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. For two-and-a-half weeks Poland held out against both foes, but the writing was on the wall.
Events held in Warsaw, Westerplatte and Wieluń as Poland pauses to remember the start of a war that brought unimaginable levels of destruction and suffering.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met on Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who attended observances in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two.
Speaking at observances marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in Warsaw, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that, "we remember and will remember, being grateful to all those who were fighting and those who sacrificed their lives for a free world."
TFN explores a city that was once a smoking ruin but now mixes historical charm with a cutting-edge cultural scene and thriving nightlife.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend observances marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, in Warsaw on September 1, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced on Friday.