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Tuesday, 12 September 2006

Third day of the visit of the President of the Republic of Poland in Israel

On 12 September 2006 the third day of his official visit in Israel the President of the Republic of Poland and Ms Kaczyńska went to Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem.

The President of the Republic of Poland was present at the signing of a cooperation agreement between Yad Vashem and the Polish Institute of National Remembrance, which provides i.a. for mutual exchange of archives, research results and visits of scholars.

President Kaczyński signed the Memorial Book of Yad Vashem. He also laid a wreath at the Eternal Light in Yad Vashem, commemorating 6 million Jews murdered during World War II. Next the President of the Republic of Poland met with Jewish youth.

Lech Kaczyński also laid flowers on the grave of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and at the monument of Jewish Soldiers Fighting in Polish Armed Forces Units in World War II.

In the afternoon President Lech Kaczyński met with representatives of Polish Jews. He assured them of the need to maintain and extend good relations between our countries.

President Lech Kaczyński also met with former Prime Minister, leader of the opposition Likud party Mr Benjamin Netanyahu. The main topic of the discussion were internal affairs in Israel and in Poland as well as the situation in the Middle East.

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Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka Undersecretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland accompanying the President of the Republic of Poland, informed journalists that President Lech Kaczyński during the Monday talk with Deputy Prime Minister of Israel Mr Shimon Peres proposed to consider the possibility of both sides proposing that Irena Sendlerowa be awarded the Nobel Prize. Irena Sendlerowa during World War II saved 2,500 children. Before the war she was a social worker. When the Warsaw Ghetto was established, the German authorities did not agree to social workers reaching the Jews living there. However it was allowed to provide them with medical aid – fearing a typhoid epidemic. Irena Sendlerowa dressed-up as a nurse and together with collaborators brought food, medicines and money to the Ghetto.

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