The whole of Poland come to a stop on Saturday (1 September) as people throughout the country observed a minute of silence to mark the fortieth anniversary of the out break of World War Two.
The whole of Poland come to a stop on Saturday (1 September) as people throughout the country observed a minute of silence to mark the fortieth anniversary of the out break of World War Two. The war began with Hitler's attack on Poland. In West Germany the anniversary was marked by anti-war demonstrations and pledges of continuing peace.
SYNOPSIS: In Poland the main commemoration service involved the unveiling of a monument to the defenders of the former free city of Danzig, now the port of Gdansk. It was the German attack on this town that signalled the start of the ??? The commemoration was l by communist leader Edward Gierek ??? laid wreaths and reviewed a ??? guard of honour as part of the service.
Referring to West Germany, Mr. ??? tempered a speech on co-operation with a warning about the dangers of old expansionist policies. He said Poland was ready to co-operate with all forces in West Germany which supported the status-quo in Europe. However, he said Poland would warn ??? world about those who ha???ured cold war dreams of armed force and expansion. Later, in Warsaw thousands of dissidents staged an anniversary march through the city and then announced they'd formed a political party known as the Confederation of Independent Poland. Party leaders claimed it would be the first independent political movement to operate openly in Poland in more than thirty years.
In West Berlin the anniversary was also marked by street marches in support of peace, and the peace theme was carried on by Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. In a message to the nation he expressed shame and horror at ??? crimes and said West Germany was now pledged to peace and detente. He said the reconciliation with France and treaties with communist Eastern Europe were proof that West Germany was taking its post war responsibilities seriously.