- Title: "We all should remember what happenedâ€- Poles commemorate start of WW2
- Date: 1st September 2019
- Summary: WOMAN HOLDING POLISH FLAGS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) 32-YEAR-OLD TEACHER FROM WARSAW, MARIA TOBERA, SAYING: "It (the outbreak of World War Two) was a very important event in my family's life as well. I was brought up in a multigenerational family, with my grandparents who often told me how it used to be then and how they survived the war." PEOPLE LISTENING TO SPEECH (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) 67-YEAR-OLD FORMER SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT ACTIVIST, ADAM SZYMANSKI, SAYING: "A lot of Poles think that they (the Americans) are our friends. Although, in the event of war, I don't know what would happen. Anglo-Saxons betrayed us once, so would they follow NATO's paragraph 5 (NATO's Article 5 collective defence clause) if something bad happened to Poland? Would the Americans support us? I don't know, it's hard to say. I believe they would." POLICE CORDONING OFF AREA, PEOPLE WATCHING CEREMONY VARIOUS OF SCOUTS DISTRIBUTING NEWSPAPER RESEMBLING ONE FROM 1939 WITH FRONT PAGE ARTICLE ABOUT GERMAN AGGRESSION ON POLAND PEOPLE PASSING BY STAND WITH POLISH FLAGS AND MEMORABILIA PEOPLE WATCHING CEREMONY
- Embargoed: 15th September 2019 17:26
- Keywords: Poland WW2 World War Two Mike Pence U.S. Germany
- Location: WARSAW, POLAND
- City: WARSAW, POLAND
- Country: Poland
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA007AUTSVNR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: SOUNDBITE USED IN SHOT 6 IS ALSO INCLUDED IN EDIT 7104
Poles gathered in Warsaw's central square on Sunday (September 1) to remind themselves of a terrible part of the nation's history, as they watched a ceremony marking 80 years since the start of World War Two.
"Since our childhood, it has been instilled into our minds that we all should remember what happened on September 1, 1939," 47-year-old Ewelina Kies told Reuters, adding that the memory of this event was very important and should be passed on to younger generations.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were among delegates from over 40 countries who came to Warsaw to pay tribute to the courage of the Polish people.
Few places suffered the level of death and destruction seen in Poland. It lost about a fifth of its population, including the vast majority of its three million Jewish citizens. After the war, shattered Warsaw had to rise again from ruins and Poland remained under Soviet domination until 1989.
(Production: Dato Chkhikvishvili, Jaroslaw Gawlowski, Malgorzata Wojtunik)
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