On April 11th, one day after the tragic plane crash that killed 96 dignitaries, including Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and the likes of Ryszard Kaczorowski (former president-in-exile) and Anna Walentynowicz (a key player during the 1980 strike at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk), Poland was to observe two minutes of silence.
Instead what happened was something straight out of a Hollywood movie.
Simply surreal. Masses of people all frozen in shock and the wails and screams of the sirens acting to express their sorrow. Big Thanks to Polonia Blog for finding this.
The New York Times ran a terrific article written by Roger Cohen about Poland’s reaction to the accident and the Katyn massacre. If you haven’t already read it please do, you’ll be proud. One of the best lines is the following:
“Poland should shame every nation that believes peace and reconciliation are impossible, every state that believes the sacrifice of new generations is needed to avenge the grievances of history. The thing about competitive victimhood, a favorite Middle Eastern pastime, is that it condemns the children of today to join the long list of the dead.”