We are in the town of Oświęcim to remind about Auschwitz. To convince, that we must learn from the past. We show that Oświęcim can be a place of meetings, reconciliation, and understanding. We are in the town of Oświęcim so that Auschwitz will not be repeated.

30th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good Neighbourship and Friendly Cooperation

The signing of the Treaty of June 17, 1991 between the Republic of Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany on good neighbourliness and friendly cooperation can be seen as the realization of the "miracle of reconciliation" referred by Władysław Bartoszewski.

The political changes associated with the "Autumn of Nations" brought the two societies closer together. Slowly, cautiously, with distance, on the ruins of relations related to the war and the "Iron Curtain", mutual understanding and openness were awakened. Based on human bridges, built for years on both sides, normality was developed.

The "miracle" became commonplace, tamed in everyday life, it lost its extraordinary character, but nevertheless remained so. Sometimes we appreciate the positive dimension of normality when we suddenly feel its absence. The pandemic changed our perspective. The projects and seminars with young people from Germany and Poland that have been taking place at the MDSM for many years are perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the treaty from 30 years ago.

It is these young people who "will shape their relations in a spirit of good neighbourliness and friendship and strive to create a Europe in which human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected and borders lose their divisive character".  


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