Poland commemorates World War II

The country is to mark the 81st anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, which started with Nazi Germany’s invasion of its eastern neighbour.

The main commemorations will start before dawn on Tuesday in Gdansk, where a Polish military post on the Westerplatte peninsula was attacked by German forces on September 1, 1939, and in Wielun, the first city to be bombed during the war on that same day.

The commemorations were overshadowed by a spat between Warsaw and Berlin over the admission of the new German ambassador to Poland, Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven. The Polish side had been blocking the new ambassador’s arrival over his father’s wartime past, but on Monday accepted the candidacy.

Historical issues remain “the most sensitive context of Polish-German relations and a great challenge for every representative of the Federal Republic of Germany, in particular for the ambassador,”, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk said.

(Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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