This week we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and the ceremonies will take place in circumstances unimaginable not long ago.
A few months ago, it seemed that this event would be an opportunity for some countries to use Europe’s tragic past for their imperial goals and to malign others.
Today, we are all focused on the more urgent question of what will happen to us during this pandemic crisis.
Yet in these unexpected conditions in which we find ourselves, it would be good to consider the meaning of what happened in 1945.
For Poles, this is always a commemoration of our collective march through the hell prepared for us by two totalitarian states.
The destruction and genocide of German Nazism left a permanent mark on this part of Europe and our group consciousness.
Communism, along with its terror and insanity, set us back decades in development and cut us off from the world in which we had always been a part.