Today (24.02.2022) Russia attacked Ukraine, our Neighbours, Friends, Co-workers and Associates, Families of people who are dear to us. We are shocked and moved by this situation.

We are also thinking of our Friends, Partners in Russia, who are working for peace, but live in a country that is conducting a war. We remember our Friends in Belarus, who look on with dismay as their country collaborates in this aggression. We think of the citizens of those societies who want peaceful coexistence, freedom and independence, but find themselves faced with war.

We feel powerless when confronted with such unjustified aggression. And we want to help. How?

Hosting numerous groups is everyday life in Krzyżowa, but also a challenge that manifests itself, among other things, on culinary grounds. Nutritional issues play an important role both during school exchanges and other stationary projects.

More and more people who eat our meals are on vegetarian, vegan or exclusion diets, and in order to meet their expectations, we are constantly developing the offer of our canteen. For this purpose, on 8-9 February 2022, a training in vegan cuisine was organized by Katarzyna Gubała for our kitchen employees. On her blog you can read the report from this event and see how Krzyżowa looks from the inside.

Urszula Pękala, Deputy Head of the Memorial Site, habilitated in Church History at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. The subject of her habilitation thesis is: "Between theology and national and political interests. Catholic bishops as actors of Franco-German and Polish-German reconciliation after World War II (1945-1990)".The scientific title of "habilitated doctor" was solemnly conferred on Urszula Pękala on January 31, 2022 after her public lecture on: "Church - nation - state. Faces of a complex relationship in a European context".

We observe with concern the current situation on the Ukrainian-Russian border. That is why we publish on the website of the Krzyżowa Foundation an appeal of historians from our Polish partner organizations, as well as our colleagues from Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, to which we are also joining. The appeal is aimed at citizens of 5 countries who may be directly affected by the consequences of the new war and the expansion of the Russian Federation's "sphere of influence". At the same time, we believe that the imposition of any state on other sovereign states to demand the establishment of new "spheres of influence" should be rejected by all Europeans.Supporting such divisions undermines and destabilizes order and peace in Europe.

The appeal is published in Polish, English, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Lithuanian and German. 

dr hab. Robert Żurek, "Krzyżowa" Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe


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