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The Memorial Site at Krzyżowa maintains the memory not only of the resistance of the Kreisau Circle against National Socialism, but also of the activities of the anti-communist opposition in Central and Eastern Europe. It was clear from the beginning that conveying this connection would not be easy, after all, Krzyżowa as a place is historically authentic only in the first case. In contrast, the anti-communist opposition is connected to Krzyżowa through many of the founding fathers and founding mothers of the Foundation who came from opposition circles. By conveying the history of both oppositions in a comparative way, the Memorial Site at Krzyżowa goes beyond understanding the resistance movement from the historical perspective of one nation's experience. 

Based on our long-term work at Krzyżowa we know very well that a comprehensive understanding of opposition attitudes and activities on the basis of historical events and personalities is not an easy task. Such a systematic reflection seems to me to be necessary especially in the current situation where people recklessly use terms like dictatorship or resistance - especially opponents of restrictions to stop the corona-pandemic. 

Under the title "Reconciliation in Crisis?" The Saxon Protestant Academy and the Silesian Museum in Görlitz are organizing a discussion event that will look at the signs of crisis in contemporary European relations and with Russia. Ways of overcoming divisions, images of the enemy and war will be discussed. The discussion will be inspired by the legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the analysis of this legacy by the Polish sociologist Anna Morawska. Her work "The Christian in Resistance" has been an important contribution to reconciliation between Poles and Germans since the 1970s.

Two representatives of the Krzyżowa Foundation will take part in the panel debate with the Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer: Dr. Robert Żurek, Managing Director of the Krzyżowa Foundation and Dr. Annemarie Franke, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Krzyżowa Foundation and a representative of the Federal Institute for German Culture and History in Eastern Europe.

Dr. Marek Prawda, diplomat and former ambassador of Poland to Germany, will give an introductory lecture.

The event will take place on 25 June 2022 from 14:00 to 16:00 as part of the Lausitz Church Day under the title "Von Wegen" in the Silesian Museum in Görlitz.

On June 1 in Berlin, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the first meeting of the "Kreisau Circle", a conference was held, whose main theme was the ability to conduct dialogue in times of threat to democracy - also in relation to the war in Ukraine.

The keynote speeches were given by Helmuth Caspar von Moltke and Minister of State Claudia Roth, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (Digital). The introductory lecture was presented by Dr. Peter Frey, editor-in-chief of the ZDF.

This was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Fr Klaus Mertes SJ, which included:
▪️ Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, Member of the European Parliament,
▪️ Esther Dischereit, poet, essayist, author of plays and radio,
▪️ Dr. Peter Frey, editor-in-chief of ZDF,
▪️ Dr. Robert Żurek, Managing Director of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe.

In connection with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Władysław Bartoszewski, the magazine "NOWE ŻYCIE" published an article by Robert Żurek, PhD, entitled " About wise patriotism".

"On the basis of Władysław Bartoszewski's life a feature film could be made which would illustrate the dramatic history of Poland in the 20th century and at the same time keep you in suspense from the first to the last minute. However, we should keep the memory of Bartoszewski alive not only because he deserves it, but also so that we do not forget what wise patriotism is. (...) Let us therefore learn from Władysław Bartoszewski and remember his words: Whoever despises people, no matter for religious reasons, for racial reasons, because of xenophobia towards anyone (...) - above all despises himself. And also about those perhaps best known: It’s worth it to be honest, though it doesn’t always pay off. It pays to be dishonest, but it’s never worth it".

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