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President warns not to forget the past

Warsaw Business Journal

18th September 2007

President warns not to forget the past at the Katyń graves

"We have to think about the future for the welfare of our children and grandchildren, but one has to look into the past calmly, with consideration and respect for the truth," said the Polish President Lech Kaczyński at the graves of the murdered Poles in Katyń.

He reminded that the tragedy of Poles would not have taken place without the Soviet invasion on Poland on 17 September 1939. "If we speak only of sour cards of the past in the 21st century, this will take us nowhere," said Wiktor Masłow, the governor of Smolenhsk circuit welcoming the Polish president.

Kaczyński partially agreed with the governor by saying that it lies in the best interest of Poland to maintain good relations with Russia, but at the same time he encouraged Russians to not fear the truth about their crimes. The celebrations in the Katyń forests also gathered families of the murdered soldiers who were openly speaking of the necessity of de-classifying files concerning this tragedy. Apart from the members of the chancellery and the Defense Minister Aleksander Szczygło, the presidential couple were also accompanied by the authors of the Katyń movie by Andrzej Wajda, which had its premiere yesterday.

Re: President warns not to forget the past

I think I'll give this film a miss - too depressing. The bad guys won.

Re: President warns not to forget the past

In Kanal and Popiół i Diament the bad guys win too; yet the themes are more universal and transcend victory or defeat. Wajda is uniquely qualified to present this topic.