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World Leaders Celebrate 80th Anniversary of World War II
Leaders from several countries gather in Poland on Sunday to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. The ceremonies began early in Wielum, the first city to be bombarded by the German Luftwaffe on September 1, 1939, with speeches by Polish President Andrzej Duda and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Presidents, local officials and residents, including survivors of the bombings, observe a moment of silence in memory of the 2,000 victims.
In his speech, Polish President Duda thanked Steinmeier for his presence on a painful anniversary.
“Eighty years ago, at that very moment, all hell fell on Velun, fueled by German racist barbarism and the desire to destroy,” Steinmeier said. The German president also asked for Polish forgiveness. "I bow to the Polish victims of German tyranny and apologize to you."
A few minutes later, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Moravecki and Deputy Head of the European Commission Frans Timmermans held ceremonies on the Westerplatte peninsula, on the Baltic Sea, the site of the first battle of the war, when the Polish troops resisted.

The main event in Warsaw will have a long list of participants, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French Prime Minister Eduard Philippe, Belgian Prime Minister and elected European Council President Charles Michel, as well as leaders from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary.
US President Donald Trump was supposed to be present, but he canceled his planned trip, saying he needed to deal with a hurricane approaching the southeastern United States. Vice President Mike Pence takes part in the event instead of Trump.
Few places suffered the level of mortality and destruction seen in Poland during World War II. She lost about a fifth of her population, including the vast majority of 3 million Jewish citizens. The country remained under German occupation for more than five years.
After the war, Poland was to rise from the ruins, and it remained under Soviet rule until 1989.

The incitement of nationalism?
For the ruling Polish party, Law and Justice (PiS), the memory of World War II is a central element of its “historical policy” aimed at counteracting what, according to her, is a lack of understanding in the West of the extent of the nation’s suffering and courage under German fascist occupation.
Critics say the party’s goal is to fuel nationalism among voters at a time when populists around the world are using historical revisionism. PiS says the country's position on the world stage and national security are at stake.
In order to increase tensions between Poland and Germany caused by the PiS government, the Polish Prime Minister Moravecki has again called for wartime reparations in recent days.
Germany, one of Poland’s largest trading partners and a member of the European Union and NATO, reiterated that all financial claims related to World War II had been settled. Play Pin Up Casino online. Videoslots, pin-up girls in real games..