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  • 1 August 2019

    On August 1, in the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, the Polish Embassy in New Zealand organised a seminar commemorating the Polish heroes.

    One of the rooms of the National Library of New Zealand was filled up with numerous heads of missions and members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of New Zealand cultural and educational institutions, Polish Community and students of the Victoria University of Wellington.


    The Polish Ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski presented a historical outline of the outbreak of World War 2, the persecution of Poles by the German and Soviet occupying forces, the unwavering struggle of Poles for freedom, as well as the course and consequences of the Warsaw Uprising and the realities of post-war Poland that was under the Soviet occupation. He paid a lot of attention to the Polish heroes, presenting the silhouette of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, a Polish poet who died on the fourth day of the Uprising at the age of 23.


    "His poems depict the brutality of war, but very often they suggest that love is the only force that can effectively defend a human being against it." - reminded Ambassador Z. Gniatkowski. (FULL SPEECH)


    Professor Roberto Rabel talked about the Warsaw Uprising from a personal perspective - as the son of the hero of the Uprising - Jerzy Rabel, pseudonym Jur, who during the Uprising fought in the Warsaw sewers, and after the war  settled in New Zealand. Read FULL SPEECH

    During the event two short films were shown - "There is a City" and a short documentary about the Warsaw Uprising.


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