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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

President visits Berlin

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On Wednesday, September 21, Presidents of Poland and Germany Bronisław Komorowski and Christian Wulff inaugurated in Berlin an exhibition devoted to the 1000 years’ history of the two countries’ neighbourhood. –Practically, we have always been neighbours, pointed out President Bronisław Komorowski.

Housed in the Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum, the exhibition is entitled: “Side by Side.

Poland – Germany. A 1000 Years of Art and History”. It has been put together jointly by the Royal Castle of Warsaw and the Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum. The exhibition is curated by a Polish art historian Anda Rottenberg.

- Our two nations have been side by side, door to door, for one thousand years. In this exhibition, the history of our neighbourhood reflects as in a mirror, a beautiful mirror of culture and art – noted President Bronisław Komorowski in his address. He emphasised that given the two countries’ complex destinies, Poland and Germany are particularly predisposed to prevent the emergence of any new divisions in Europe.

President Komorowski went on to say that the exhibition reminds us of the fact Germany has always been accompanying the development of the Polish statehood. The President invoked symbolic events and personages appearing in our common history, such as the Gnezno Summit, Queen consort Richeza (wife of Polish King Mieszko II), Veit Stoss or Nicolaus Copernicus.

- The millennium of Polish-German relations is a long way. Today we are illustrating by means of art for the benefit of our nations the 1000 years which abounded in beautiful moments and in painful as well, said President Bronisław Komorowski. – This has been our common journey through history.

- Regardless of so ample examples of cultural affinity, looking at Poland’s and Germany’s common history, one cannot fail to notice the particular stage imbued with violence and hatred. That being said, it is also important to see the network of mutual interconnections, underscored the Polish President.
According to Bronisław Komorowski, in the most recent history, the neighbourhood has been contaminated with distrust, and eventually crime. – Co-existence and cooperation were replaced by hatred and collaboration, added the Polish head of state recalling the drama of the World War II.

President Komorowski emphasised as well the importance for reconciliation of states and nations of the letter from Polish bishops to German bishops in 1965, the letter which contained the famous words:”We forgive and ask forgiveness”. This was one of the most beautiful gestures in the history of our relations, he maintained.

- Poland’s and Germany’s neighbourhood has always been difficult in political and historical terms: it has been marked by conflicts and violence, noted the President of the Federal Republic. - We must not forget about it but these experiences should be turned into a positive energy to allow us to courageously embark on a joint pursuit of good future, he added.

- Let us show our children a new image of our neighbour, appealed Christian Wulff.

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