Prime Minister: Had it not been for World War II, our standard of living would have been the same as in the West

If not for World War II, our standard of living would be the same as in the west. Today, several decades after the war, we have already rebuilt Poland, but we want to continue building a peaceful and proud homeland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday during a Facebook broadcast.

On Friday morning, the Prime Minister took part in the celebrations of the 84th anniversary of the outbreak of war and the bombing of Wieluń.

“Today is September 1, a very symbolic date when World War II began,” the head of the government pointed out. He emphasized that it was in Wieluń that the war began. “From bombing the city and murdering civilians, small children, women, men,” he added. “A terrible and symbolic act was the bombing of the All Saints’ Hospital in Wieluń, where sick, defenseless people were dying under German bombs,” Morawiecki reminded.

He pointed out that the representative of the German emby did not speak German on Friday in Wieluń, but only English. “Today they are beating their breasts and rightly so. World War II changed everything for us. If it wasn’t for her, Poland would develop normally and we would have a standard of living like in the West a long time ago. Now, however, we have to make up for this stolen past,” the head of the government noted. He pointed out that this is why Poland is seeking reparations from Germany.

The prime minister added that he was here with the witnesses of those events. “Mrs. Irena and Mrs. Stanisława were 6 years old, and Mr. Józef was 7. They were little, sleeping children when the war broke out,” the head of the government pointed out and gave them the floor to tell about their memories of that day.

Mrs. Irena emphasized that “Wieluń was destroyed by the occupier, the bombs destroyed the city, only the rubble remained.” “We were running towards Łódź, hoping that there would be no war there, but it was already everywhere,” she added.

“I remember the most the moment when we were escaping and we were in a building off the beaten track and that’s where dad found out that the Germans were catching and taking men. My siblings and I watched after this daddy and he walked away until he completely disappeared on the horizon and then we all started to cry. But he came back two weeks after the war and we were all happy,” Stanisława said.

“I lived in Wieluń at the Evangelical church. In the morning we were woken up by planes dropping bombs. The explosions woke up everyone in the city – the sound of falling bombs was terrifying,” added Mr. Józef. (PAP)

By Delfina Al Shehabi


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