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The speech by Zbigniew Gluza, chairman of the Committee for the Garden of the Righteous in Warsaw, about the opening of the first Garden of the Righteous in Poland, on 5 June 2014.
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A new Garden of the Righteous
5 June 2014, inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous of Warsaw, set up following the example of the Garden at Monte Stella Hill in Milan. The choice of the date is not by chance: in fact it was decided to inaugurate the Garden the day after the 25th anniversary of the first semi-free elections in Poland, on 4 June 1989, who would lead to the fall of communism. In his speech, Barack Obama remembered the Righteous Among the Nation - quoting Jan Karski - and the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, creating an ideal bridge between these dates.
Remembering Moshe Bejski
I am deeply moved today as I always am when I participate in ceremonies at the Garden of the Righteous in Milan, but participating at this inauguration here in Warsaw, on the square of the Ghetto, is even more moving for me. Warsaw carries a significant resonance for all of us. It was the capital of the heroic Resistance during WW2 for the Jews and the Poles in their hopeless battles against Nazism. I am speaking as a relative of Dr Moshe Bejski, the Israeli Supreme Court Judge and President of the Righteous Commission from 1970 to 1995, who was also one of the initiators of the Garden of the Righteous in Jerusalem.
Seizing the occasion of the inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous in Warsaw on 5 June 2014, we discussed the creation and importance of this project with Piotr Jakubowski, director of the House of History Meetings in Warsaw.
5 June 2014, inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous in Warsaw. Several messages have been sent to Zbigniew Gluza, President of the Committee for the Garden of the Righteous of Warsaw.