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Thursday, 15 July 2010

The 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald

The 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald on the historic battlefield   |   The 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald on the historic battlefield

On Thursday, during the 600th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Grunwald, Bronisław Komorowski, the president-elect of Poland, remarked that the past is important because "to know where we are going, we have to know where we have come from."

 

On Thursday the 15th of July, exactly 600 years after the Poles and Lithuanians won the battle in the fields of Grunwald, a Presidential Appeal was made involving the leaders of Lithuania, Romania, and Moldova, as well as the Grand Master of the Order of Teutonic Knights, Bruno Platter.

 

"The taste of victory is something extraordinary – it is remembered in later centuries and by future generations. This is precisely the way it should be," Bronisław Komorowski said. He emphasized that "history can and should be re-lived and re-interpreted," and added that the past is important because it leads us to reflect upon "the present and the future."

 

"The memory of the Grunwald victory has sometimes been employed for certain ends, made to fit particular needs and political projects. Today, we need to say that every one of us, every man and every nation, every generation of Poles, Lithuanians, Romanians, and Germans, has the right to its own understanding of history and a duty to look at history from its own perspective. While doing this, we need to think about what is important in the present and to take tomorrow into account," he said.

 

The participants of the ceremony watched knights fight for several minutes – a performance prepared by the historical theatre of the commandry of Gniew. The show represented the horseback skirmish between Ulrich von Jungingen and the Polish knights. The participants then moved on to the Grunwald Monument to place a wreath there and also to visit the Battle of Grunwald museum.

 

(PAP, own information)
 

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