WARSAW, Sep. 1 (DPA / EP) –
The president of Germany, Frank Walter Steinmeier, has apologized to Poland for the atrocities committed during World War II during a speech in Wielun, the first city bombed by the Luftwaffe during this war.
“I pay tribute to the victims of the attack on Wielun. I pay tribute to the Polish victims of German tyranny and I apologize,” Steinmeier said, both in German and in Polish. Steinmeier, along with several heads of Government, has visited Poland to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II.
For his part, Polish President Andrzej Duda has pointed out that “who was going to imagine that World War II would begin with such an atrocious and barbaric act, that in fact it was not an act of war, but an act of terrorism.”
“We cannot forget World War II, even when its witnesses are no longer with us, to make sure that what happened in Wielun and later in many other places in Poland and abroad, is never repeated,” he said. Doubt.
He also thanked his German counterpart for attending the commemorations of the Second World War anniversary. “Thanks to their presence here, the Germans will find out about the tragedy of Wielun,” he said.
“It is easier to go where the soldiers fought than to the place where the Army criminally bombarded civilians who were asleep,” Duda criticized. The presence of the German president in Wielun is a form of “moral compensation,” he concluded.
The German attack on Poland on September 1, 1939 marked the beginning of World War II, which caused some 80 million deaths. In Poland alone, it is estimated that up to six million people lost their lives. The capital, Warsaw, and many other Polish cities were reduced to rubble and ash.