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The main ceremonies of the Independence Day took place in Warsaw's central square that bears the name of Marshal Józef Piłsudski:

Dear Compatriots,
Most Distinguished Madam Marshal of the Sejm,
Distinguished Senior Marshal,
Distinguished Marshal of the Senate,
Distinguished Madam Senior Marshal of the Senate,
Most Distinguished Prime Minister,
Distinguished Ministers,
Honourable Members of Parliament,
Distinguished Generals, Officers, Soldiers,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Reverend Bishops, Chaplains of the Polish Army,
Venerable Priests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
All the distinguished Guests, and especially our wonderful Veterans, the Defenders of the Home Country,
Ladies and Gentlemen!

As we stand on November 11 here, in Marshal Józef Piłsudski Square in Warsaw - a square that was a witness to so many extraordinary historical events, to the great, sometimes difficult, but incredible and cheerful history of our country; as we look at the fine figures of the Polish soldiers standing here; as we look at the shining Polish weapons - like golden grain tips in a field in November sun; as we see white and red banners flapping above our heads, brought here by our happy smiling compatriots; as we see Marshal Józef Piłsudski looking at it from his pedestal with his face looking at the square bearing his name today, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at the symbolic grave of his boys, the legionaries and volunteers who gave their lives for an independent, free and sovereign Poland; as we look on the 101 years since independence, and on the earlier 123 years of partitions and the struggle of subsequent generations to regain Poland, an independent Home Country, and to regain freedom; as we look at the Second Republic; as we look at its collapse; as we finally look at our contemporary Poland from that perspective, spanning more than two centuries since 1772, we want to say the following words, because the lyrics of the song readily comes to our mind : "I am lucky to live in the country on the Vistula River right now.”

Historians say that today's Poland is the most free, prosperous and safest Poland ever since the 17th century. It is hard to believe. I do not know if they are right or wrong, but looking at our history, at least roughly, it seems highly probable. Whole generations have not been as fortunate as we are, and especially as those young people who were born after 1989 - who do not remember the times when Poland was not fully independent, free and sovereign, when it was not possible in Poland to speak your mind freely, to meet whom you wanted and where you wanted to meet, when the rights which are today fundamental, completely natural and basic were denied.

Thirty years and 101 years in that broader perspective of regaining independence. Last year, and I would once again like to thank everyone wholeheartedly for that, we celebrated so beautifully the centenary of regaining independence. That great day of November 11, when all of Europe celebrated the end of the First World War, and we celebrated the fact that our country had reappeared on the map of Europe.

But it was not the end of our great celebration, it was only the beginning. After all, we know that Poland took a long time to take its shape, not everything was so easy to attain: it was not so easy to obtain stable borders, a lot of blood still had to be shed after that day of November 11, so that Poland could consolidate and firmly rest within its borders.

The first thing was the Wielkopolska Uprising: a fine, wonderful, victorious, well planned uprising, which won back the region of Wielkopolska for us and shaped this part of the western border. Thereafter followed the first Silesian Uprising that we commemorated this year - the first of the succession of three uprisings that allowed to shape the border in the west, but more down to the south. The uprising which regained for us that important part of the later Second Polish Republic - the industrial hub with a great tradition of work, but also the part which contained such extraordinary and important natural resources, thanks to which the Second Polish Republic could be reconstructed faster, thanks to which it was possible to think about the construction of the Central Industrial District.

But we must also remember about the subsequent fight in defence of the Republic of Poland against the Soviet attack. It was a great victory near Warsaw, the one we call the Miracle on the Vistula River - above all, it was a miracle of the genius of Polish commanders, but we firmly believe that the protection of the Blessed Mother of God over our Home Country was also important. And the heroism of the Polish soldiers from all strata of the Polish society at that time. They all stood together to defend Poland - to make it present on the map, a sovereign, independent country, and not a communist country. They were ready to give their lives for it, and so they did. We will celebrate this great anniversary next year: 2020.

And then, we will continue commemorating our heroes in the years 2021 and 2022, until we gained the whole of Poland for us - when Polish troops could finally enter Upper Silesia, so that it could become part of the Republic of Poland thanks to the heroism of the Poles living in that Silesian land, who did not imagine that they could not live in Poland after so many years resisting Germanization. This is a great time for our country and our nation. We also look at it from the perspective of the last thirty years.

I am delighted to see that we mature as a state and as a society. That we understand our history, together with all its meanders, including the very difficult ones, better and better. An expression of the vicissitudes of the past, including the very difficult ones - of the Second Republic of Poland, which we are not very willing to talk about today, sometimes bending our heads with shame, were those huge political conflicts in the wake of which the heroes of independent Poland went to prison, were locked up, interned, and compelled to leave the country for forced emigration. That is what happened.

They whom we today call the Fathers of Independence did not know how to come to agreement among themselves, they had different visions of the future of the Polish state and, having regained independence, it was difficult for them to reach any consensus, even on these most important issues. Somehow they could not restore the memory of that time when they knew to how shield Poland with their own breast against communist invasion, oblivious of conflicts and different visions.

Today, mindful of those developments, we lined them up along one avenue, which we can boldly call the avenue of the Fathers of Independence - although it spans various locations in Warsaw: the Square of Three Crosses - Plac Trzech Krzyży, the Ujazdowskie Avenue, the Square at the Crossroads - Plac na Rozdrożu, and finally the Belweder Palace. This is precisely the avenue of the Fathers of Independence. For President of the Republic of Poland travelling from the Presidential Palace , it now begins at the Square of the Three Crosses - Plac Trzech Krzyży, at the Monument to Wincenty Witos - the Prime Minister who abandoned his plough to stand up for Poland, calling on Polish boys from countryside cottages to defend the Republic of Poland in 1920. They were the ones who stopped the Soviet invasion.

Further on, there is Ignacy Jan Paderewski, peacefully seated in the Ujazdowski Park, looking on the Republic of Poland, that he was championing with such determination. He spoke about it with the then President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, who, thanks to the diplomatic efforts of the former, included such independent Poland in Europe among his proposed points.

Further down the road there is the Square at the Crossroads: Plac Na Rozdrożu, with Ignacy Daszyński, Roman Dmowski, and finally Wojciech Korfanty, whose monument has recently arrived to mark his presence at this important place of the capital and to do it so symbolically - next to the pedestal, in a pose suggesting discussion on important Polish issues, a calm discussion among politicians, an important, serious discussion.

And finally, the Belweder Palace, and in front of it Marshal Józef Piłsudski. Today they are all together along one avenue. It is so important for us. It so crucial that we and all future generations to come take this page from their book: that Poland develops at its best and Poland is the strongest only when we realize that these most important matters for Poland must be dealt with in unity, together and without looking at the divisions and different detailed visions.

May they, all of them taken together, and each of them individually, convey the following message for Poland. Since for all of them and in all of them, there was also such a strong and clear desire, best expressed, very succinctly, in these words uttered by Roman Dmowski: "I am a Pole and I have my Polish responsibilities”. Yes, we are Poles and we have Polish responsibilities. From right to left.

May this be the most important message for decades and centuries to come in our history: that we are Poles, because we have grown from these over a thousand and fifty-year-old roots, from this great tradition. We are Poles, because we have grown out of this land, regardless of our detailed nationality. We are Poles when Poland lives in us. And when the Polishness of this tradition lives in us. Sometimes of different religions, but all grown on this one joint trunk, growing out of this one historical root: tradition, culture shaped by various trends, but so precious and so fiercely defended by successive generations never allowing anyone to take it away from them.

Without going into the details, suffice it to say how strongly it was defended, and what they were prepared to sacrifice for it, for decades and centuries. Even at the price of their lives. All those people commemorated today at the roll call of the Fallen: the heroes of the independent, free, sovereign Republic of Poland.

Yes, today Poland is developing. Yes, I believe that today the country grows wiser and more enlightened, and that it is precisely us, its fellow countrymen and its citizens, who are getting wiser and more enlightened.

Why am I saying this? Because you all bear witness to this: that you respect her, as she is today. More and more white and red, more and more aware of her place, her strength and her role. The role about which our Holy Father John Paul II was speaking to us for so many years, also when we were on our way to the European Union. It is an important role for us, a European nation that has been rooted here for over a thousand years. A role that cannot be underestimated, and which must be understood, and which is understood better and better. The role of a state in which democracy developed at a time when others had not even thought, had not even dreamt of it, not realizing, even vaguely, what it was. Here, on this earth, it developed - in its prime, in its early meaning. Of course, not like democracy today. But still modern for that time. Democracy stemming also from the Constitution of 3 May 1791, the day that we celebrate every year.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Today we understand this democracy better and better, contemporary democracy, and we make it tangible with more efficacy. I would like to thank all those who took part in elections this year: first those to the European Parliament, and then to our Polish Parliament. The turnouts of almost 62%, and almost 46% earlier in the European elections, are a clear testimony to the fact that we understand better and better the significance of our decision and our responsibility for Polish matters. And I will go as far as to say: this is what the Fathers of Independence certainly expect of us. So that we understand our responsibility for Poland in such a way that we go to the polls and elect. That we go to the polls and we speak our mind. That we go to the polls because we are ready to take this responsibility into our own hands.

May it please continue this way. I thank you for this, but I also demand that things should stay this way, that there should be more and more of us at the polls, and that the number of our compatriots who elect authorities in Poland, who elect authorities in the European Union, should increase from one elections to others. So that we can speak with our heads up: yes, we have made a conscious choice; yes, our authorities, be they delegated to the European Union or working here in the Republic of Poland, they do have a strong legitimacy. They are elected by the nation; they are elected by a vast majority.

Poland needs it. And Poland evolves this way. I am overjoyed to see so many of our successes over the last thirty years. The economic situation we are in today is a success, despite all the problems that have arisen, despite all the failures, despite the many tears that have been shed over the last thirty years, especially at the beginning, when incomprehensible and often inconceivable processes have been unfolding, and when, unfortunately, many mistakes have also been made. We know that today we are capable of recovering from this and of building Poland that is stronger and stronger, that we are today a member of the North Atlantic Alliance, which safeguards our security, and that we have been members of the European Union for fifteen years. That we are celebrating all these anniversaries this year, including the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, which was attended by so many Heads of State or Government, with dozens of delegations from all over the world. That we are a country and a nation that matters, not only here in Poland, but also abroad, the point that is emphasised in many places.

That when we our candidacy is subject to international vote, as it was the case when we were elected to the United Nations Security Council, 190 countries vote in favour of Poland. This speaks volumes about who we are and what kind of state we are today.

For all this, I would like to thank my dear compatriots in the country and abroad. It is a great credit to you. Today's Poland would not be like this if it were not for your hard work and your effort. However, I would also like to express thanks to all those who have been working for Poland for the last thirty years, and I would like to thank all of them who have been running Polish affairs for the last thirty years.

I want to make this point clear: I have no doubts and I firmly believe that they all were running affairs in order to make Poland develop as well as possible, urged by profound patriotic reasons. And I believe that this will continue to be the case.

There is one Poland, there will be one, and we all serve her. And I firmly believe that we and future generations will serve her.

Hail and glory to the heroes! Eternal glory to the fallen! Long live an independent, sovereign, free Republic of Poland! Long live the Polish nation!

On: https://www.president.pl/en/news/art,1127,we-are-poles-and-we-have-polish-responsibilities-from-right-to-left.html

https://www.prezydent.pl/aktualnosci/wydarzenia/art,1447,czwarty-rok-prezydentury-andrzeja-dudy.html

https://www.prezydent.pl/pierwsza-dama/aktywnosc/art,577,czwarty-rok-aktywnosci-pierwszej-damy-agaty-kornhauser-dudy.html

https://www.prezydent.pl/kancelaria/aktywnosc-ministrow/art,1787,cztery-lata-polityki-zagranicznej-prezdenta-andrzeja-dudy.html

English Version:
https://www.president.pl/en/news/art,1093,aide-us-relations-regional-cooperation-priorities-of-presidency.html

https://www.prezydent.pl/kancelaria/aktywnosc-ministrow/art,1790,min-mucha-prezydentura-adudy---aktywna-skupiona-na-potrzebach-zwyklych-ludzi.html

English Version:
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Polish-Israeli relations are undergoing another severe test. As in the past, it is about the past. This is most unfortunate.

Poland and Israel share a deep friendship and strategic partnership. Ties have grown across the board. Most recently, despite pressure from certain other countries, Poland agreed to host an intergovernmental conference on the Middle East, especially Iran, to which Israel attached the greatest importance.

And this week, leaders of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) of which Poland is the largest country, were slated to hold a key round of meetings in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Netanyahu, but which, sadly, has now been canceled because of the latest dispute over history.

There is no nongovernmental organization anywhere that has devoted more time and attention to relations between Poland and the Jewish people than American Jewish Committee (AJC).

For more than four decades, we have worked to write a new chapter in the very complex links among us. There have been notable successes. Obviously, more work remains.

The main, though not the only, sticking point has always been varying assessments of the magnitude of anti-Semitism in Poland, especially before and during World War II, and often competing historical narratives. Indeed, not surprisingly, this is the trigger for the current tension, as it was last year with the regrettable Polish IPN law, since amended.

Our approach has always been to recognize that we may never fully agree on the past, which, by the way, is not unique to our links with Poland, even as we must all listen to each other as friends and examine the past with clear-eyed courage.

But there are certain things we should be able to jointly acknowledge:

Poland is central to our understanding of Jewish history. For centuries, it was the epicenter of Jewish life.

1000 years of Jewish presence on Polish soil cannot be reduced to a single headline or sound bite.

Like Jews, Poles have been targeted by their larger neighbors more than once and there remains a deep-seated sense of vulnerability. Indeed, just as Israel disappeared from the world map for centuries, so did Poland for 123 years.

Poland was the first target of the German army, leading to the start of the Second World War. It experienced a brutal Nazi (and, for a time, Soviet) occupation for nearly six years.

While Auschwitz is understandably associated with the Holocaust, it also held non-Jewish Poles, including many Catholic clergy.

Its soldiers continued to fight in the Allied forces, including its brave pilots in the British air force.

Its resistance in Poland was the most developed in Europe. Unlike France or Norway, for example, there was not a Polish collaborationist regime with the Nazis.

And, notably, there are thousands of Poles recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations for risking their lives to save Jewish lives. Names such as Irena Sendler and Jan Karski ought to be hallowed for Jews.

To fast forward, past the laudably essential Polish role in bringing down Soviet-dominated communism, yes, there are certainly pockets of anti-Semitism in Poland. No doubt about it. They can’t be denied or willed away.

But, and it’s a big but, there is also a small but growing Jewish community, a remarkable Jewish museum in Warsaw, an electrifying annual Jewish cultural festival in Krakow, and, again, deep links between Warsaw and Jerusalem.

As friends, we need to be able to manage our inevitable differences. That begins with choosing our words carefully — knowing when to speak, how to speak, and where to speak. It means not allowing individual incidents to escalate out of control. And it means not ceding all the progress achieved to date to those who might wish to destroy it.

For our part, in other words, AJC seeks to help chart a brighter path forward for Poles and Jews alike.

On: https://www.ajc.org/news/ajc-ceo-statement-on-new-crisis-in-polish-jewish-relations

Dear Compatriots!
Ladies and Gentlemen!

Throughout the length and breadth of Poland, we gather at the Christmas table in the circle of the family and next of kin.

All of us together, full of joy and hope, we are waiting for the Good Tidings to come true soon.

On the occasion of Christmas we would like to extend to you all - all members of our Polish community at home and abroad – our very best wishes. May our hearts be filled with peace, trust and the sense of proximity among the people that are the core message which Christmas brings. Let them reign in Polish homes and everywhere where we take actions together for the common good.

We would like to symbolically break with each of you the opłatek wafer. We would like to address in particularly warm terms the ones who cannot now be with their beloved ones. Let us remember about those who are in need. Leaving one free place setting during Christmas Eve supper stands a great symbol of our hospitality and empathy. A symbol not only of solidarity as a general attitude, but also of deeds coming from the heart.

There is no Polish Christmas without common carol singing. This year, as we celebrate the Centenary of Independence, we shall sing them with particular emotion. May our present day and the coming future be prosperous for our Home Country. May it be marked with positive developments, progress and prosperity in the life of each of us. All the best, Dear Compatriots!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

President of the Republic of Poland & First Lady
Andrzej Duda & Agata Kornhauser-Duda

On: http://www.president.pl/en/news/art,934,christmas-and-new-years-wishes-from-the-presidential-couple.html

Mirosław Boruta

Spencer Wells, a disciple of Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, carries on his mentor's works on the reconstruction of the pre-historical global human migration. He argues that all currently living people are descendants of a small African tribe of hunters-gatherers, who lived in Africa about sixty thousand years ago.

Homo sapiens left the African plains only 50-80 thousand years ago and began their slow expansion to all continents, to diversity, generation after generation, into Eskimos, Aborigines, Europeans, Indians and Africans. The aim of his research is creating a map of human migration throughout millenniums. Can all aspects of this line of research be unequivocally determined? lt seems that it is too early to claim so. But it may be argued that the crucial cultural dimension, which reaches the core message carried by modern anthropology and sociology, is ridding entirely of the centric attitude and the - promoted to the rank of an eval uative judgment - estimation of the importance of the ethnic-cultural element. Whatever may be of interest here is included in the value created by the community, regardless of its origin, language, or colour of skin.

(Editor's note): this English summary of the article in: Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis. Studia Sociologica - 2010, item 3, pp. 4-13 we fill with 15 photos from the exhibition (December 2018) at the headquarters of the Association of Slovaks in Poland (Cracow): https://photos.app.goo.gl/dbYeJV3SS8g7q9Bm8

This crash is being investigated by the Committee for the Re-Investigation of Air Crashes (hereby referred to as the “Committee”) and is a part of the Committee for the Investigation of National Aviation Accidents. The Committee has been tasked with the responsibility of determining the circumstances and causes of this air crash, and with the issuance of appropriate preventive recommendations.

smolenskzwiastunThis Technical Report includes findings concerning the most important technical aspects of this crash. According to Art. 134, Sec. 1, Item 2 of the Act of July 3, 2002, Aviation Law (Unified Journal of Laws of 2017, Item 89): "The Committee does not adjudicate blame and liability", therefore any form of use of this Technical Report for purposes other than prevention of accidents and serious aviation incidents, should be considered as unauthorized, as it may lead to wrong conclusions and interpretations. Find out the full text: http://niezalezna.pl/data/TECHNICAL_REPORT.pdf

Artykuł / Smolensk crash: Explosions on board before plane hit ground, investigator says:
https://news.sky.com/story/smolensk-crash-explosions-on-board-before-plane-hit-ground-investigator-says-11233792

Film / Nearly eight years after a plane crash in Russia that killed the Polish President, his wife and senior government and military figures, official explanations for the tragedy are still disputed. A Russian investigation blamed pilot error, but a British investigator has told Sky News that he has no doubt there were explosions on board the plane before it crashed:
https://news.sky.com/video/blasts-before-smolensk-plane-crash-11234417

prezydentplDear Members of the Congressional Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism,

On behalf of the President of the Republic of Poland, I would like to thank you for your letter of January 31, 2018, regarding the amendment to the law on the Institute of National Remembrance which is currently making its way through the Polish legislative system.

I am especially grateful for your acknowledgment of the terrible losses Poland suffered during World War II at the hands of its German and Soviet invaders. Apart from brutally taking the lives of almost 6 million Polish citizens (3 million of them Polish Jews), the unprecedented terror of their occupation affected every aspect of material and spiritual existence of my fellow countrymen, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds. The barbaric Nazi German ideology aimed at a complete annihilation of the Jewish nation. However, many tend to ignore that it also led to enslavement, expulsion and eventually to extermination of the Polish and other Slavic peoples.

As you know, Poland was the only German occupied territory where the Nazis introduced death penalty for any attempt of sheltering or assisting the persecuted Jewish population. Hundreds of Poles were executed for helping their Jewish compatriots. That was the fate of, among many, the Ulma family in the small village of Markowa. On March 24, 1944, German gendarmes executed Józef, his pregnant wife Wiktoria, their six small children, along with eight Jews the family was hiding.

Nevertheless, thousands of Poles continued to help their Jewish neighbors despite the draconian law and terrible conditions of the German occupation. The Polish Underground State established the Council to Aid Jews “Żegota” to save as many Jewish lives as possible. They were aided by countless anonymous individuals. As you pointed out in your letter, almost 7000 of them have been honored with the Righteous Among the Nations Medals by the Yad Vashem. This list is still far from being complete.

Nobody in Poland who has elementary knowledge of history denies that there were instances of Polish people behaving disgracefully towards Jews during World War II. We condemn such acts and we do not intend to erase them from our past. However, unlike in several other European countries where governments cooperated with the Nazi Germany, such actions were never part of the official policy of the Polish government-in-exile. Poland did not collaborate with the Germans in any form. On the contrary, the Polish Underground State made effort to punish all instances of persecution of the Jewish population. That is why we cannot accept accusing the Polish State or the Polish Nation as a whole of being responsible for or complicit in the genocide of the Jewish population during World War II. Such suggestions deny the truth about the Holocaust.

Poland is aware of its obligations as the depository of the memory of the Holocaust. It was on the occupied Polish territory that the Germans built and operated the death camps. The Polish Nation was first to witness this unspeakable tragedy. Apart from helping our Jewish neighbors we alarmed the world about the atrocities of the German Final Solution when there was still time to stop it. We remain faithful to fulfilling this duty. Every year, we host thousands of Jewish visitors tracing their heritage or paying respects to those who perished in the Holocaust. We open museums, publish books and hold seminars on Jewish history, not hushing up the difficult issues.

President Andrzej Duda has consistently condemned all manifestations of anti-Semitism and ethnic or racial hatred, including during his visit to the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem and in recent days, during the debate on the amendment of the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance: “From the very beginning of my presidency, I have spoken very loudly and strongly – there is no consent for any hatred between nations in Poland. I am absolutely against anti-Semitism or any other manifestation of xenophobia, because hatred is the worst evil that is spreading among nations” (Żory, January 29, 2018).

However, each year we continue to register hundreds of cases where defamatory language, including the phrase “Polish death camps”, reappears. These false assertions must not be accepted. Defending the truth is impossible when the lies remain unchallenged.

On behalf of the President of the Republic of Poland I assure you of our commitment to cooperate on this matter.

Chief of the Cabinet of the President
Secretary of State Krzysztof Szczerski

tvniezaleznapoloniaState Subcommittee Presentation on the re-investigation of the Smolensk Crash 2010 / Prezentacja Podkomisji d/s Ponownych Badań Katastrofy Smoleńskiej.

Summary of the major conclusions of the last 12 months of re-investigation of the 2010 Smolensk Crash by the State Subcommittee / Podsumowanie głównych konkluzji z 12 ostatnich miesięcy prac Podkomisji Rządowej RP d/s Ponownego Zbadania Przyczyn Katastrofy Smoleńskiej w roku 2010 w Smoleńsku.

http://www.tvniezaleznapolonia.org/state-subcommittee-presentation-on-the-re-investigation-of-the-smolensk-crash-2010-rezentacja-podkomisji-ds-ponownych-badan-katastrofy-smolenskiej

presidentpl"Independence Day observances are a symbol of the historical continuity of our nation; we are returning to the past to build a better future", President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday evening, the eve of Poland's Independence Day.

"During the partition years, for over a hundred years of enslavement, several generations of Poles carried the yearning for a free homeland in their hearts," President Duda said in a televised address to Poles.

"When these dreams of free statehood transformed into acts of insurgency, hostile armies bloodily quenched such independence outbursts. Thousands of Poles condemned to death, deportation and persecution never lived to see the day of their desired freedom. And this day came in 1918, when an independent Polish state was reborn from the ashes of a war-ravaged Europe".

20161111ad"The day of November 11 was instituted as a National Day of Independence, as it was then that the Regency Council conferred the command over the Polish armed forces to Jozef Pilsudski".

"The anniversary of the regaining of independence by Poland was celebrated very solemnly in the period between the two world wars. There were state observances as well as celebrations in the streets and in homes. World War Two, the German occupation and communist enslavement broke this tradition. The aim was to erase the significance of the events of 1918 from social awareness. The aim was to make Poles forget about independence," President Duda said (photo Krzysztof Sitkowski / KPRP).

"Today, in a free country, we are returning with pride to the pre-war tradition, thus to express our belief that our Poland is the continuation of the country whose construction was begun by the generation of the Second Republic of Poland", the president said.

"Tomorrow's Independence Day observances are an important symbol. A symbol of the historical continuity of our nation. We are returning to the past to build a better future," President Duda said (PAP).

On: http://www.president.pl/en/news/art,297,president-addresses-poles-on-eve-of-independence-day.html

presidentplMr. Speaker of the Sejm,
Mr. Speaker of the Senate,
Madam Prime Minister,
Your Eminence Cardinal Legate,
Your Eminence Primate of Poland,
Your Excellency Archbishop, Metropolitan of Poznań,
Former Presidents of Poland,

Ministers,
Members of Parliament,
Senators,
Representatives of European Parliaments,
Your Excellency Archbishop, Apostolic Nuncio,
Your Excellencies Archbishops and Bishops,
The Reverend Priests,
Representatives of Churches and Ecclesiastical Communities,

Your Excellencies Ambassadors,
Representatives of Local Authorities,
Dear Hosts and Guests present here today,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Baptism of Duke Mieszko I is the most important event in the entire history of the Polish state and nation. I do not say it was, I say it is for the decision taken by our first historical ruler had predetermined the whole future to come for our country. Our Christian legacy continues to shape the destinies of Poland and of each and every one of us, Polish people, until this very day. This is what Holy Father John Paul II had in mind when he observed: ‘Without Christ, one cannot comprehend the history of Poland’.

Tradition has it that the baptism of the ruler of the Polan people most likely took place on the Holy Saturday of 14 April 966. And it was already at that point that Poland was born. From the baptismal waters it emerged for a new Christian life. It was born for the world, emerging from the prehistoric era and entering the arena of European history. It was also born for its own sake: as a national and political community, since the adoption of the Latin rite at baptism defined our Polish identity. From that time on, we started thinking and speaking of ourselves as ‘we, the Poles’.

Back then, we said ‘yes’ to freedom and self-determination. We demonstrated that we were capable of building our nation and our own state solicitous about its welfare. To build it, defend it and die for it. It was not predetermined that the work would succeed, that a community would be formed. And yet, the work was crowned with success. A community was successfully built on a foundation of faith which has ever since inextricably grown into our identity, often featuring in our history as the principal and final shield of freedom and solidarity. By being baptized our forefathers defined the core around which the magnificent Polish nation would then be formed. And in the darkest moments, when our enemies tried to destroy the Church in order to bring down the groundwork of our Polish identity, the Polish people would defy the object and would crowd in temples in pursuit of their sense of community, and thus testifying to the timeless wisdom of the decision once taken by our forefathers.

Therefore, 966 is the most important landmark in our history. In our solemn ceremony today we celebrate the 1050th anniversary of ‘the birth’ of our nation and our Homeland. It is a signal honour and a great joy to have us all gathered here in Poznań, the seat of the first bishopric on Polish soil; to have the Republic's highest authorities, the Episcopate and clergy of the Catholic Church and other Christian Communities reunited with representatives of many friendly countries from Europe and the world to inaugurate the celebration of this venerable jubilee. I cordially thank all our distinguished and most welcome guests for coming.

This is a great celebration time of the ‘Polish spirit’, which is the source of our pride and joy. It will carry on into coming months to spread all over the country. It will culminate in the first ever visit to Poland by Pope Francis and the World Youth Days. I trust that thanks to the vast efforts made by the organizers, thanks to active engagement of thousands of volunteers, this will be an occasion for unsurpassed spiritual experience.

Commencing these jubilee celebrations, we turn our minds to the previous occasion of the millennial celebration of the Baptism of Poland in 1966. This was an extraordinary experience for our whole community and a unique event of the kind in Central and Eastern Europe.

We, the Polish people, had been then struggling for 27 years under a regime imposed on us first by German occupying forces, then by communists after the war. Equally the former and the latter worked to weaken and break the bond between our nation and the Church. They realized that this way they would shake the very foundations of our community, that a nation deprived of its spiritual anchorage would be easily remodelled into enslaved masses. To this end, the Nazis applied bloody terror. The communists in power after the war sought to make the Polish people turn away from Christianity. They promoted an atheist ideology, persecuted priests and the faithful alike. They even went as far as to imprison the Primate of Poland.

And in those days, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński was inspired with the idea to protect the Polish and Christian identity of the nation against indoctrination and repression by organizing a great National Retreat. It was ushered in by the 1956 Jasna Góra Oaths of the Polish Nation, a direct reference to the oaths made by King John II Casimir in Lvov 300 years earlier. Then, a nine-year novena followed to prepare the Polish people for the millennial celebrations.

Fifty years ago, in April 1966, the millennial celebrations of the Baptism of Poland began. On 3 May, on the green at the Jasna Góra Sanctuary 250 000 of the faithful took part in a commemoration. The celebrations lasted a full year, bringing together countless numbers of Polish people. Moreover, the jubilee was celebrated among more than 50 000 of expatriate Poles in London and Chicago, Rome and Paris, even in remote Australia and New Zealand.

One can safely claim that thanks to the initiative of the Primate of the Millennium, the entire Polish nation reinforced its bond to its Christian heritage. This happened in spite of the obstacles mounted by the communist regime who for instance ‘arrested’ a copy of the icon of Our Lady of Jasna Góra, provoked the faithful to clash with the police, tried to bloc access to the millennium celebrations and to disturb their course, and finally organized rival 1st millennium of the Polish state celebrations, forcing whole crews of factories and institutions to participate.

The 1966 millennial celebrations and the particular role played by the Primate of the Millennium, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, revealed the timeless significance of the Baptism of Mieszko I and the uniting power of Christianity for our community. The nation rejected the false slogan: ‘The Polish People’s Republic is the crowning glory of the millennium of our state’. Nor were the Polish people misled by the propaganda initiative to build one thousand schools to commemorate our millennium, this in spite of the fact that it produced valid and good results for the development of education and improvement of teaching conditions. The Poles opted for the faithfulness to the Church, authentic love of their Homeland and hope for regaining of freedom. The authority of the bishops and priests was reinforced. The life’s work of Primate Wyszyński paved the way for the pontificate of the Holy Father John Paul II and for the peaceful ‘Solidarity’ revolution.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Millennium had lent us, Poles, a sense of sovereignty in its most fundamental dimension: as free people and free citizens. Many initiatives taken by parish communities in defence of their priests and churches throughout the duration of the People's Republic of Poland, full commitment of the faithful who kept illegally building new churches in defiance of the authorities, spontaneous efforts to get organized and mass participation in the celebrations from 1956 to 1966, all of this proved that there is a massive power to be unleashed in our community, our power whose origins lie in our shared national and Christian identity. The power which manifested itself on a number of occasions in our history in recent centuries, which helped us to weather the most trying experiences: the loss of civil liberties and of an independent state, the attempts to denationalise and de-Christianise our people. The power which carried us through confrontation with our enemies, partitioning powers, occupying forces and led us to win and get the upper hand as even stronger and more united a nation.

We have always taken and we will always take pride in this invincible national spirit. We can and are willing to draw on this great treasure of ours. It is also a lesson for the future for us: that we, the Polish people, can accomplish great, momentous things, if only we work together in accordance with the values that unite us. The values that have their source in the unbreakable bond between the Polish spirit and its Christian roots.

A thousand and fifty years ago, Poland joined the Christian community of that era. She did so of her own accord. Aware of the benefits that this act would bring, including political benefits. Thanks to Duke Mieszko’s far-sighted decision Christianisation provided a powerful stimulus for Poland’s development. The state gained a stronger basis on which to build its security and sovereignty. Over time it became increasingly modern, more efficiently governed, more internally integrated.

The preachers of the Good News opened before the Polish people an enormous treasury of spiritual riches, promoting the Christian vision of man in our culture. Since the end of the 10th century, the Decalogue and the Gospel have become ever more deeply rooted in millions of hearts on the banks of the Warta and the Vistula, the Oder and the Bug, the Neman and the Dneper rivers. They have provided a motivation to build a better, more humane world. That is why our joining the domain of Christian civilization, in its Latin rite, represented a real breakthrough for us.

The three pillars of this civilization have also become the pillars of Polish identity and culture.

The first of the three pillars has been and remains Greek philosophy, or the love of wisdom. And that is the primacy of objective truth. Precise instruments for investigating and analysing reality. An immovable foundation for the development of all sciences to this very day.

The second pillar has been and remains Roman legal thought and government concept. The idea of the rule of law. The idea of a republic, i.e. a state that is a common good of the citizens that rule it. It is also the civic ethos, an ethos of privileges connected with responsibilities. These are principles improved and tested over the centuries, principles that provide the groundwork also for modern-day civil, criminal, procedural and national law.

The third pillar has been and remains the core of Christian thought: the Old and the New Testament, the Decalogue and the Gospel. This novel, revolutionary vision of humanity as a family, as a community of brothers and sisters equal before the Father and His moral law. It is also a call for peace, for repentance for any evil done and for forgiveness for any wrongdoing one has suffered. An imperative to give priority to the human person over objects, over mundane advantages and the desire for possession. The protection of the weaker ones, an appeal for solidarity in helping the needy and the brilliant subsidiarity principle. It is the recognition of the dignity of women and the contribution made by them to the lives of societies in various fields. The idea of government and superiority as service and the belief that rulers, too, are subject to moral judgment. Christianity is also a unique concept of the separation between the sacred and the profane, that which is divine and that which belongs to Caesar. The idea of autonomy, but at the same time of cooperation between the secular and spiritual authorities. These are also institutions such as the university and the local school, the hospital and the orphanage. It is a new vision of military, medical and economic ethics. And, last but not least, the heights of art and genius, achieved by artists inspired by Christianity: visual artists, architects, musicians and poets.

Therefore, it should not come as a surprise to anyone that it is only in the circle of this particular civilization that ideas and phenomena such as the concept of inalienable human rights as every human’s birthright, constitutionalism, a democratic state of the rule of law, universal international law, workers’ and emancipation movements and the modern public debate ethos have appeared. All of them are deeply rooted in the Christian heritage.

Today, it is not only Athens, Rome and Jerusalem that define the scope of this civilization. Thanks to the efforts of the 30 generations of Poles, new important centres have been added to the map of Christianitas.

For example Gniezno, where the relics of St. Adalbert, who spread the faith with his word and not with the sword, repose.

Toruń and Frombork, cities connected with Nicolaus Copernicus, the chancellor of the Warmia chapter, and the author of one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of human thought.

Cracow, the city of St. Bishop Stanislaus of Szczepanow, a brave proponent of the idea of moral duties of public authorities, the city of the Cracow Academy and of the Reverend Paweł Włodkowic (Paulus Vladimiri), one of the most outstanding theoreticians of religious tolerance. It is the Cracow of Karol Wojtyła, Saint Pope John Paul II, who ushered the Church into the third millennium in the full sense of the term.

Poznań, the bishopric capital of Bishop Wawrzyniec Goślicki, a 16th-century author of original conceptions of government, which became a source of inspiration for the authors of the American Constitution and numerous other opponents of monarchic lawlessness.

Brześć Litewski (Brest-Litovsk), the place where an ecclesiastical union was contracted, one of the most important efforts at reconciling the Christian West and the Christian East.

Częstochowa, the city one needs to visit in order to appreciate the special status and respect that women enjoy in Poland. The city where Bogurodzica, The Mother of God, a hymn regarded as the first national anthem of Poland, continues to be sung before the icon of Our Lady of Jasna Góra, Poland’s most venerated cult object.

Warsaw, the capital of a state without stakes and religious wars. The city where the Sejm of the Polish Commonwealth enacted the Confederation of Warsaw, the first legislative act in the world to guarantee universal religious tolerance. This is Warsaw, the seat of King John III Sobieski, the victor of the battle of Vienna, and the city on the outskirts of which an invasion of communist barbarism against Europe was stopped in 1920.

These are hundreds of localities, especially in Poland’s old eastern Borderland region, where ethnic and religious minorities used to live peacefully side by side.

Last but not least, these are localities connected to the lives and achievements of our numerous compatriots, world-famous artists, men and women of letters, scholars and inventors, individuals who have impressively paid back a debt of gratitude to the culture which had shaped them.

Christian civilization, for the past 1050 years co-created and defended with great dedication by the Polish people, is the result of titanic work and struggle of millions of people, an effect of numerous inquiries and experiments, historical trials and errors. It is a mature, universal creation, with a powerful impact on humanity as a whole.

It is not a fossil. It keeps organically evolving. It needs its young leaves and sprouts just as much as it needs its hidden roots. It also needs a trunk to mediate between them, that is a natural synthesis of the old and the new.

A tree may be felled. One may poison its roots and watch it wither. This does not take a lot of effort or too much time. However, to plant a new tree and wait for it to grow and bring fruit is a long process.

That is why the price for destroying the foundations of our civilization and attempts to replace them with other concepts, incoherent and loosely sketched, has always been and will always be enormous suffering and devastation. This was most clearly demonstrated by the 20th century and its two ideological projects: communism and Nazism, with their horrible consequences.

The 21st century has quickly faced us with new, difficult challenges. In a global village, the natural rivalry between different civilization models has attained an unprecedented intensity.

In Poland and in Europe, debates are ongoing on how to address these new challenges. I personally believe that the thing to do in this situation is to trust the strength of our identity, to draw on the rich treasury of ideas, experiences and solutions developed in a combined mainstream of the two great traditions: the Greco-Roman and the Judeo-Christian ones.

They are what we should base our actions on.

Indeed, the primary responsibility of the President, the Senate, the Sejm and the Government of the Republic of Poland is solicitude for our present day. Solicitude to ensure a Poland and a Europe where the dignity, rights and aspirations of all citizens are respected and protected. Solicitude to ensure a Poland and a Europe where solidarity and a sense of community should take precedence over rivalry and a play of interests. However, solicitude to ensure a good tomorrow is an equally important task for us. Solicitude to ensure that our heritage of tolerance and openness, our freedom and our material as well as spiritual strength are preserved and allowed to grow further.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are gathered here together today. In the Poznań of the Piast dynasty, the cradle of our state and of our nation, the cradle of our community, on the 1050th anniversary of Mieszko’s baptism. We are here because we understand the responsibility that we shoulder. Our responsibility both towards history and towards the future generations of Poles.

In the eve of Poland’s accession to the European Union, Pope John Paul II pointed out that this was a great opportunity for our nation to enrich the West spiritually, the same West that once brought the Christian faith to us. Europe needs Poland, and Poland needs Europe, said the Holy Father. That is why, in paying tribute to our far-sighted predecessors of 1050 years ago, I would like to state most emphatically today that, following the guidance of our great compatriot, Poland is and will remain true to her Christian heritage. For it is in this heritage that we have a well-tested, strong foundation for the future.

Andrzej Duda
President of the Republic of Poland

On: http://www.president.pl/en/news/art,143,-national-assemblys-session--on-the-occasion-of-the-celebration-of-the-1050th-anniversary-of-the-baptism-of-poland.html

spjnlogoWe strongly demand that the European Parliament should stop interfering into internal matters of Poland, a sovereign state, in which the roots of democracy have grown stronger and reached much deeper in the past than in a majority of European countries.

Poland is a democratic country ruled since 2015 by the formation that consistently implements all changes promised to electors in all the spheres of social economic life. While a majority of its citizens accept the policy pursued by the President and Government, a part of the opposition, never reconciled with the loss of power, uses in domestic struggle foreign centres of propaganda and institutions of the European Union. Looking for foreign support against the own rightful government has never been accepted by the society and has always been regarded as treason against the own country. Such values as freedom and democracy have been for several centuries the heritage of our ancestors.

citizengoIn accordance with our several-centuries-old tradition, the sovereign in Poland is the nation, and its representative is the Parliament of the Republic of Poland. All changes, including changes of laws, made in Poland during the last several months, have been introduced by the unquestionable will of the sovereign.

We are of the opinion that internal affairs of independent countries should remain their own national matters. The European Parliament – a representative of free nations – could not change itself into a tool used for internal political struggle fought in those countries.

Poland Comes First Association

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sdmkrakowNie mogliśmy pozwolić sobie na brak nowego odcinka, a więc... zrobiliśmy jeden - specjalny - we wszystkich językach! Dotarliśmy już tak daleko, a jeszcze jest tyle do opowiedzenia o ŚDM w najbliższych tygodniach / We couldn't let you be with no new episode for WYD Minute this week so here is a very special episode for all languages! We have come so far and there is still so more to tell about WYD during the following weeks in:

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Szanowni Państwo! Dear Sirs!

aktomySwoim wpisem oddajesz hołd bohaterom i budujesz największy pomnik wirtualny Armii Krajowej na świecie! 17 stycznia o godz. 02:00 rozpoczęliśmy AKcję na cześć pierwszego udanego desantu Cichociemnych 16 lutego 1942 roku. Kulminacja akcji nastąpi 16 lutego 2016 roku, w rocznicę desantu o godz. 02:00 / http://popieramak.pl / Bądź z nami!

We are creating the largest virtual World War Two Memorial in the world dedicated to the Allied Polish Home Army resistance, the largest Underground Army in occupied Europe counting over 350 000 soldiers. 17.01.2016 until 16.02.2016, commemorating the first successful parachute of agents into occupied Poland in 1942 / http://popieramak.pl / Be part of it!

Z serdecznymi pozdrowieniami Kind regards!

Alexander Smaga, architekt inicjator, author
dr Janusz Kamocki, wiceprezes ŚZŻAK mp

Waclaw Kujbidawaclawkujbidafoto

February 5th 2016

Heather Reisman — Chief Executive Officer of Indigo
Laura Carr – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Chapters-Indigo / Executive Office / 468 King Street West, Suite 500 / Toronto, ON M5V 1L8 / 416-364-4499 / InvestorRelations@indigo.ca / cisales@indigo.ca

Amanda Crocker – Chief Editor
Between the Lines – Publishing House / 401 Richmond Street West, #277 / Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8 / Phone: (416) 535-9914 / Email: info@btlbooks.com

Defamatory statements and exposure to hatred, contempt or ridicule in the book “Flight And Freedom: Stories Of Escape To Canada”.

Dear Ms Reisman,
Dear Ms Crocker,

I am writing to request that the book “Flight And Freedom: Stories Of Escape To Canada”, by Ratna Omidvar and Dana Wagner, published by Between the Liners publishing house be withdrawn immediately from sale in bookstores and online. This book contains false and defamatory statements, which are anti-Polish. The writing contains words that insult and injure the reputation of a person and the entire Polish nation as well as its diaspora (including Canadians of Polish origin) around the world as a result of exposing them to hatred, contempt or ridicule. With this withdrawal we would like to see a public statement of correction and apology.

Of note, on page 178 in this book there is mention of “Polish SS”, which is grossly inaccurate and offensive. The SS was a German paramilitary organization most responsible for the implementation of the so-called “Final Solution” for racial cleansing. Its members committed crimes against humanity during World War II (1939–45). They were responsible for the killing of millions of people, including Poles and Jews. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, the entire SS corps, along with the Nazi Party, was judged by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg to have been a criminal organization. There was never any “Polish SS” unit!

Poland was the first victim in the aggression of WWII. Invaded from the West on September 1st 1939 by Germany and from the East, on September 17th 1939 by the Soviet Union, Poland suffered great losses. The German - Soviet occupation of Poland lasted 5 tragic years. Poles formed an Underground State (WIN and NSZ) and a Home Army, known as Armia Krajowa (AK), which resisted and fought its occupiers throughout the 5 years. As a result of German mass execution, torture, imprisonment and ethnic cleansing, 6 million Poles lost their lives, including 3 million Polish Jews (referred to as the Holocaust).

Both the Polish Underground State during WWII and the Polish Home Army established official administrative, financial and organizational structures to help and protect Jews in German-occupied Poland. This was nobly carried out, using all available means in a time of terror and oppression, at the cost of incarceration, bestial torture and death. Thousands of Poles participated and in recognition of these efforts, 6,339 Poles of a total of 24,356 people have to date been granted the highest civilian award of the State of Israel, i.e. the title of "Righteous Among the Nations” This means that the State of Israel has acknowledged that from among all the nations engulfed by the war waged by the German Third Reich, as much as 26 percent of all documented cases of aiding Jews at the peril of death to the helper and his or her family, are credited to non-Jewish Poles.

This brief reminder of the history of Poland and its people during WWII underscores the defamatory nature of the above-mentioned book, which is unfit for publication, sale and distribution.

We request your prompt and immediate action.

Respectfully yours, Waclaw Kujbida, for the Council of North America Polish Gazette Clubs

Presentation of Mrs Lidia Sokołowska-Cybart, lawyer-linguist from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

In waves of unwarranted domestic and international political and media criticism towards the newly elected Polish authorities public opinion is repeatedly exposed to inaccuracies and misrepresentations. So, it is worth repeating FACTS to prevent imprinting false messages and subconscious acceptance for unlawful and undemocratic faits accomplis, to the real detriment of Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe.

FACT 1: There is no real EU legal procedure under the so-called Rule of Law Framework, as claimed to have been initiated against Poland by the European Commission on January 13, 2016. The Rule of Law Framework does not bind either Poland or other EU Member States or any other entity, except perhaps the Commission itself. Therefore, the Commission acted unlawfully, attempting to introduce unilaterally some procedures based on faits accomplis. BACKGROUND:The “procedure” has appeared recently in a document based apparently on an internal resolution of the Commission called quite satirically the Rule of Law Framework. Under the Article 7 of TEU, it is the European Council and not the Commission who has the authority to determine the status of the Rule of Law and other values in a Member State. The Commission merely has the right to make a proposal to the European Council, the same role as any one third of the Member States, and no other role.

FACT 2: The Commission’s internal resolutions, called the Rule of Law Framework and the resolution to apply it against Poland on 13 January 2016 have been adopted in a non-transparent, substandard way, e.g. there is no citation on the specific legal authority for the resolutions, no description of specific factual and normative objections, no description of each party’s position, no data on votes or dissents, not even on whether there was any voting at all, not to mention the names of the authors of the resolutions or any expert opinions considered or rejected, including an opinion of the so-called Venice Commission requested and awaited by Poland. Regrettably, there are also mixed, confusing messages from President Jean-Claude Juncker and First Vice President Frans Timmermans on the Commission’s position, as Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski informs. Therefore, the Commission proceeds not only without any legal basis but also in a non-transparent, hasty and substandard manner.

FACT 3: It is the common knowledge that the Commissioners are not elected democratically. The method of selecting a candidate for a Commissioner, despite some cosmetic guises, is arbitrary, non-transparent and lacks public scrutiny, as is the case for example of President Jean-Claude Juncker and First Vice President Frans Timmermans. Therefore, the Commission has no democratic mandate.

FACT 4: The European Parliament certainly may discuss any topic within the scope of the EU law. Yet, before the European Council decides to initiate any procedure under Article 7 of TEU, there is no legal “procedure” against Poland available unilaterally to the Parliament either. Therefore, any resolution of the Parliament against Poland at this time would be solely political and would have no legal meaning.

FACT 5: The Council of Europe is a legal entity separate from the European Union and the decision not to include any discussion on Poland in its agenda, taken on 25 January 2016 by its Parliamentary Assembly has no formal, legal bearing on the workings of EU. The Venice Commission, a constitutional expert organization consisting of member-states and individual expert members, is an organization working within the Council of Europe, not the European Union. The Venice Commission will provide in March, on request of Poland, the first internationally recognized expert opinion on the recent statutory changes on the Constitutional Tribunal in Poland. Therefore, the decision of the CE Parliamentary Assembly taken on 25 January 2016 is politically important and may be indicative of some European political trends but not necessarily mean any positive change in the EU Commission’s position.

FACT 6: There are significant issues requiring urgent attention and-most importantly-solutions by the institutions and all EU Member States, for example migration crisis, terrorism, EURO problems, Brexit, Nord Stream 2 and more. There are also serious, confirmed and urgent concerns in Germany and other EU Member States in the aftermath of the arbitrary migration decision of Chancellor Angela Merkel both on the media freedom as well as the Rule of Law; the former German Constitutional Tribunal judges spoke out about breaking the law by Merkel. Thus, at long last, why is the unelected EU Commission allowed to take up illegally some alleged case of the newly-elected Polish authorities while ignoring grave and long-lasting concerns in many other EU Member States, all certainly at the expense of valuable resources diverted from resolving very serious all-European issues?

• http://www.tvniezaleznapolonia.org/european-commission-and-poland-facts-and-propaganda

elzbietamorawiecElzbieta Morawiec

Mister Verhofstadt,

As a citizen of Poland I know much more about the history of Europe that you can imagine. I know, for example, where the first giant genocide in the world took place. It was in Kongo, during the reign of your king, Leopold II. There were about 10 millions of victims of your king’s greed. Joseph Conrad, an English writer of Polish origin, described this crime in his novel entitled “Heart of Darkness” (“Jądro ciemności”).

Your small country has existed for ca. 180 years. Poland has existed since 966! It was Poland that established the real principles of democracy and tolerance at the Council of Constance in 15th century, through Polish envoy, Paweł Włodkowic! And now, you dare teach us democracy, Mister Verhofstad?! You aim to influence the results of Polish democratic elections by force? And who are you to do such a thing? Perhaps a new First Secretary of Brussels-based Kremlin 2.0?

You dare support the smallest oppositional Polish party? The leader of this party doesn’t even know the most important religious holidays in his own country and believes that there were six kings visiting Jesus after His birth.

There is no doubt whatsoever as to your – and your acolytes’ – real intentions, Mister Verhofstadt, and that is to destroy the new Polish government and the parliament, chosen by the nation in free, democratic elections. You should be ashamed for such a Europe, Mister Verhofstadt.

Polish citizen, Elzbieta Morawiec PhD

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Ladies and Gentlemen!

niezaleznalogoContrary to alarmists media reports we want to reassure you – in Poland, there are no threats to democracy. The mainstream media keep criticising the current government at will, all day long. People enjoy the right to public protest. This seems obvious in a democracy, however, during the last eight years it was not standard in Poland. It was during the rule of the Civic Platform and Polish People’s Party (PO-PSL) coalition that the standards of a democratic state were frequently violated. Here are some examples.

– During the rule of PO-PSL coalition, independent journalists were repeatedly harassed by the security agencies. The staff of, among others, “Gazeta Polska” had their homes searched. In May 2011, at six in the morning, agents of the Internal Security Agency entered the flat of an Internet user who ran a satirical website on Bronisław Komorowski.

– Independent journalists were dismissed from their posts as they demanded honest investigation into the Smolensk crash. Tomasz Sakiewicz and Anita Gargas, among others, lost their jobs in the public media. Cezary Gmyz was dismissed from the editorial staff of “Rzeczpospolita” for publishing information indicating that there were traces of TNT found on the wreck of the plane that crashed at Smolensk. Later, the information was confirmed by the prosecutors leading the investigation.

– In June 2014, agents of the Internal Security Agency raided the office of a weekly “Wprost” which revealed stenographic records of conversations held by most important politicians. The agents wanted to confiscate computers and data storage discs belonging to the journalists. The so called tape scandal that erupted a few days earlier, provided evidence, among other things, that state-owned companies subsidized only the media writing in favour of the government. They ignored such indicators as reading of the press.

Media houses were pressed not to place their advertisements in the independent press. For that reason a huge part of the media, Gazeta Polska included, were deprived of paid-for commercial advertisements.

– In December 2014, two journalists (Tomasz Gzell of the Polish Press Agency and Jan Pawlicki of Telewizja Republika) were arrested. They covered the protest held at the headquarters of the National Electoral Commission. For a week or so the Commission was not able to provide the results of the local elections which agitated Poles and some decided to occupy the premises of the Commission. The journalists were arrested even though they had their identity cards. They also faced a lawsuit against them. To this very day the results of the last local elections remain highly questionable, the proof being 2 thousand protest notes lodged in local courts.

– During the last 8 years, the previous government kept journalists and citizens under surveillance as a usual practice. Only in 2014, the secret service applied to have 2,177,000 telephone billings. In Europe we were definitely in the lead. The District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw is having an investigation into the wiretapping of independent journalists. In all likelihood, the service had no court warrant to do so.

– In May 2015, after lost election by President Bronisław Komorowski, the PO-PSL coalition violated the constitution and decided to elect new members of the Constitutional Tribunal. The politicians of the retiring coalition wanted to limit the right of the new ruling party to elect judges of their choice and appropriate the Tribunal completely. Today, after the reforms implemented by the Law and Justice (PiS), the judges elected by the Civic Platform still constitute the majority. They occupy 9 of 15 seats in the Constitutional Tribunal.

These are just a few glaring examples. Similar violations of civil liberties were truly abundant. The government formed by the PO-PSL coalition were also involved in many corruption scandals. Under their nose a pyramid scheme Amber Gold flourished, thousands of Poles were cheated and deprived of their savings. The public said enough is enough and two months ago in democratic election removed the PO-PSL coalition from power.

Democracy in Poland is doing fine, as compared to the eight years under the previous government.

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sdmkrakow• Obejrzyj specjalne, świąteczne wydanie Minuty z ŚDM, gdzie możesz zobaczyć ujęcia zza kulis naszego programu. Nie zapomnij: wracamy w styczniu z nowymi odcinkami. Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
• Check our special Christmas episode, made specially to show a little of the backstage of WYD Minute! Don't forget: we will be back in January will fresh and new episodes. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
• Notre édition spéciale pour Noël de la Minute JMJ. On revient très vite en 2016 pour plus d'infos en direct de Cracovie ! Bon et Saint Noël à tous! Et bonne année!
• Les entregamos nuestra emisión especial de Minuto JMJ. Nos volveremos a ver en 2016 para seguirlos informando sobre la JMJ Cracovia 2016. ¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!
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• Music "Jingle Bell Rock" by Glee Cast:

• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEO7yDNV-Gc

Film „Czy naprawdę wierzysz?” to opowieść o potężnym darze, który drzemie w człowieku i tylko czeka, by go użyć... to film w którym twórcy pytają „Czy naprawdę wierzysz?”, bo prawdziwa wiara wymaga działania. Kolejne dzieło twórców porywającej ekranizacji „Bóg nie umarł”.

Tytuł filmu: Czy naprawdę wierzysz? / Reżyser: Jonathan M. Gunn / Scenariusz: Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon („Bóg nie umarł”) / Produkcja: USA 2015 / Dystrybutor: Kino Świat, Rafael Film / Gatunek: Dramat/Obyczajowy / Czas trwania: 119 minut / Film w kinach od 18 września.

czynaprawdewierzyszMatthew nie może się otrząsnąć z wrażenia, jakie wywarło na nim spotkanie z odważnym ulicznym kaznodzieją. Kiedy wreszcie zrozumiał, jak ma wyglądać jego życie, zaczynają się dziać prawdziwe cuda, o których wcześniej nie marzył. W trudnych sytuacjach wzywa mocy Bożej, a ta dotyka nie tylko jego, lecz także ludzi, którzy pojawiają się na jego drodze: bezdomnej dziewczyny w ciąży, zawsze racjonalnego doktora czy mężczyznę umierającego na szpitalnej izbie przyjęć. Wszystkie te historie są częścią planu, którego scenariusz mógł napisać tylko Bóg. Potęga wiary, siła nadziei, odwaga świadectwa. „Czy naprawdę wierzysz?” to więcej niż film. To pytanie, na które każdy musi sobie sam odpowiedzieć.

Twórcy o filmie: "W naszym filmie przeplata się wiele historii. Każdy z bohaterów znajduje się na innym etapie życia, ale wszyscy potrzebują tego samego. Chodzi tu o siłę i znaczenie krzyża w dzisiejszym społeczeństwie. To potężny film" - mówi David A.R. White jeden z producentów filmu.

Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon, autorzy scenariusza: "Pracę zawsze rozpoczynamy od modlitwy. Wpuszczamy Boga do naszych serc i on mówi nam, czego chce. Chcemy opowiedzieć ludziom o tym, kim jest nasz Bóg. W tym filmie żaden z bohaterów nie dominuje, nikt nie zna wszystkich elementów układanki. Tak, jak w życiu, prawda?"

rafaelfilmObsada: Mira Sorvino („Droga do przebaczenia”, „Lulu na moście”, „Dotyk miłości”, „Mordercze lato”), Sean Astin (trylogia „Władca pierścieni”, „Niezłomny”, „Klik: I robisz, co chcesz”), Alexa PenaVega („Sin City 2”, „Maczeta zabija”), Delroy Lindo („Malcolm X”, „Crooklyn”, „Feeling Minnesota”), Cybill Shepherd („Dziewczyna warta grzechu”, seriale: „Na wariackich papierach”, „Rozpalić Cleveland”), Lee Majors („Afera poniżej zera”, „Drugie wcielenie”), Ted McGinley („Pearl Harbor”, „Świat według Bundych”), Madison Pettis („Siedem dusz”):

• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waj2CoM3tT4

(Od Redakcji): Za zamieszczone tu materiały dziękujemy p. Kindze Polak-Gieroń z APG STUDIO w Krakowie, a poniżej jeszcze bardzo interesujący wywiad - poprzedzony tekstowym skrótem - z autorami scenariusza (in English):

In this Aleteia interview, Zoe Romanowsky speaks with Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the Hollywood writers and producers behind God’s Not Dead and the recently released film, Do You Believe?

Solomon and Konzelman are Catholics who believe the Lord is at work in Hollywood and modern technology is supporting a growing parallel industry of Christian film-making:

"To put it in neo-Marxist terms, faith-based films have stolen the means of production. They are making films without traditional studios or distribution… And the breaking of that mold is revolutionary." says Konzelman.

Solomon agrees and says that we need to remember there’s a culture war going on:

"People have to realize, we’re at war, and this war is not with guns and bullets, but with scripts and cameras. We are vying for the heart of people who are indecisive and could be lost":

• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1kgL2GBOdI

Za: http://www.aleteia.org/en/arts-entertainment/article/video-cary-solomon-and-chuck-konzelman-the-powerhouse-duo-behind-gods-not-dead-5856031716409344

Protest against incompetent expression FBI Director Mr James Brien Comey Jr., on the role of Poles in the Holocaust, published on April 16 in The Washington Post

President Lech Kaczyński Civic Academic Clubs*
in Kraków, Łódź, Poznań, Warszawa
Poland

Kraków, April 20, 2015

The Editor, Washington Post

This is to express our deep concern about the incompetence of the FBI director, Mr James Brien Comey Jr.

The Washington Post published on 16 April parts of Mr Comey’s speech in which he demonstrated an unusual degree of ignorance when pointing out to the Poles as co-perpetrators of Nazi crimes. It must be made clear that:

1. Nazism was a political ideology originated and practised in Germany by the Germans.

2. In the name of this ideology the Germans started the war which resulted in the German occupation of Poland.

3. During the years of this occupation and in the name of the Nazi ideology, the Germans murdered around 5 million Polish citizens including 2 million ethnic Poles and 3 million ethnic Jews, and also, millions of Jews from other countries, as well as people of different nationalities.

4. A considerable part of those crimes was perpetrated in concentration camps on the occupied Polish territories – the camps which were organized and run by Germans.

5. Poland was the only country in occupied Europe where protection of Jews was punished by death, a penalty dealt to, under a collective responsibility system, not only to the person hiding a Jew, but also to a whole family, neighbours, and in extreme cases – to all inhabitants of the area. Despite this, it was Poles who were awarded the greatest number of “The Rightous Among the Nations” medals (6532) in recognition of their role in saving the Jews.

6. Poland was the only country in the German occupied Europe where there never existed a collaboration network which would cooperate in any way with the Nazi germany. There never was any Polish organization or institution which participated in the Holocaust. The Polish emigre government as well as the Underground State structures, including the Underground Army prosecuted and punished by death those who denounced the Jews in hiding. Polish Underground Army provided the arms to the members of the Jewish getto uprising in Warsaw. It was the Polish emigre government agencies that were the first to prepare reports on the German genocide of the Jews and tried to alert the public opinion of the civilized world.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Karski#Reporting_Nazi_atrocities_to_the_Western_Allies

All these facts are unknown to the FBI Director. Through his ignorance he insults and falsifies the history of America’s loyal ally, Poland, who supported the US in the two wars in the Gulf and in the war on terror. And, above all, he provokes a question:
Is the US safe given that one of its most important security agencies is headed by a man who accuses of crimes the victims of those crimes? What other facts could he fail to distinguish or identify? How much else is there that the FBI Director does not know or does not understand?

Prof. Ryszard Kantor – President of CAC in Kraków
Prof. Michał Seweryński – President of CAC in Łódź
Prof. Stanisław Mikołajczak – President of CAC in Poznań
Prof. Artur Hugo Świergiel – President of CAC in Warszawa

* Civic Academic Clubs in universities centers of Kraków, Poznań, Warszawa and Łódź focused almost 400 professors from universities in Poland and abroad.