The fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising fought against all odds and although only a few survived it was a victory for the human spirit, the Israeli president said on Wednesday in the Polish capital at commemorations marking the 80th anniversary of the 1943 insurgency.
Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, daffodils have become synonymous with the beginning of spring. But in Poland, they have yet another meaning - the commemoration of the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Around 10,000 Jews and Poles, including Holocaust survivors, took part in the annual March of the Living in southern Poland on Tuesday to pay tribute to Holocaust victims.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has paid tribute to the thousands upon thousands of Warsaw Ghetto Jews killed by Nazi Germans during World War Two.
"We remember the past and draw on historical experience to build a better future," the Polish deputy prime minister and culture minister has stated, referring to the forthcoming 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The head of the Polish Press Agency, Wojciech Surmacz, has said the discussion about reparations for German World War Two crimes and the destruction of Poland should not be about whether the country is entitled to them but why they have not yet been paid out.
The yellowing papers known as the Majchrzycka archive were secretly copied by Home Army soldier Jadwiga Majchrzycka and provide key evidence of the Soviet Union’s massacre of Polish officers at Katyń in 1940.
Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has compared some of the crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine to the mass murder of thousands of Polish officers by the Soviet NKVD during World War Two.
Twenty-four graves in the Gardelegen cemetery, northern Germany, where Poles burned alive by the Germans in 1945 are buried, have been desecrated, the Gardelegen Memorial has reported.
The presidents of Israel and Germany will visit Warsaw to take part along with the Polish head of state in commemorations marking the 80th anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Polish President's Office announced on Thursday.