The text of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki about the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw on Saturday appeared on Friday in foreign media – incl. in the French daily “L’Opinion”, the Austrian “Die Presse” or the Turkish agency Anatolia – as part of the action “We tell Poland to the world“.
The largest Greek newspaper “Kathimerini”, the Bulgarian “24 times”, the Montenegrin “Vijesti” and the Lithuanian LRT portal also published an article by the Polish head of government.
Morawiecki tells about the Battle of Warsaw
The Prime Minister called August 15, 1920 “the junction point that defines the further course of history” of Poland and Europe.
Poland, reborn in 1918, then fought a decisive, victorious battle with the Bolshevik troops, which were to transfer the fire of the communist revolution to the entire Western Europe
According to the Prime Minister, this battle should be mentioned “as a decisive moment in the fight against totalitarianism in Europe”, and because of the Iron Curtain, its significance “for the history of Europe has not been imprinted in the world‘s memory in the way it deserves”.
The victorious Battle of Warsaw is “the crowning achievement of one of the most extraordinary episodes of the European and global history of building a modern nation” – Morawiecki here emphasizes “the scale of transformation of Polish society from a feudal one into one of the most modern civil societies in Europe” – virtually without having its own state institutions.
He gives it as proof that Poles were able to “consolidate around the most modern concepts – positivism, democratic reforms, empowerment of women and the social masses.”
Without victory on the Enlightenment fronts of education, science and social thought, there would be no victory on the fronts of military struggles
—He claims and regrets that the extraordinary history of the Polish democratic revolution is more widely unknown in Europe, “and it is, after all, a story of such pearls of literature as” On Democracy in America + Tocqueville “.
The history of Polish democratization “is crowned with an extremely demanding exam of maturity”, but – as the politician points out – the war with the Bolsheviks turned out to be a show of the extraordinary unity of the Polish nation.
The political differences of the fathers of Polish independence from all camps were absolutely relegated to the background in the face of the defense of state existence “, and Polish society massively and with great commitment of the Catholic Church supported the war effort
—He says, giving as an example the creation of the Volunteer Army under the command of General Haller, which quickly exceeded 100,000. soldiers.
The Polish-Bolshevik war is not only about clashes of great armies, a spectacular effort of the entire society or the strategic genius of commanders
—Writes the Polish prime minister and invokes the figure of the “silent hero” Jan Kowalewski – a Polish military intelligence officer who broke the Soviet codes, which allowed to obtain key information for the development of the Polish operational strategy.
As Morawiecki notes in his article, “Poles saved the West from the experience of totalitarian genocide, described by eminent French historians in the famous” Black Book of Communism “. The Polish experience of communism with its tragic and long-lasting consequences is often misunderstood, admits the head of government and points to the legacy of post-communism “as a real problem, deforming the social and institutional reality of countries that underwent democratic transformation.”
The project “We tell Poland to the world” on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw was prepared by the Institute of New Media with the support of the Institute of National Remembrance. All texts from this project are available at www.Victoria1920.pl.
Articles showing the scale and influence of the Battle of Warsaw 1920 on the history of Europe will also be published in the media, among others in Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Malta, as well as in Algeria, Thailand and Indonesia.
Interestingly, the international media decided to publish our texts without buying advertising space
—Says Eryk Mistewicz from the Institute of New Media. Mistewicz also draws attention to the help of Polish embassies in establishing contacts with editorial offices and the world Polonia in popularizing information about publications in social media.