From 24 August to 8 October, as a part of the project "8 x reconciliation", an exhibition "Neighbours in Europe" is presented in the courtyard of the palace in Krzyżowa. The exhibition was created on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Polish-German Treaty on Good Neighbourhood and Friendly Cooperation and presents the history of Polish-German relations from the Second World War until today. Its creators are: Centrum Historii Zajezdnia in cooperation with the city of Wrocław and the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe.
The Treaty of Good Neighbourship and Friendly Cooperation was signed on 17 June 1991. It was the third element in a triad that built the foundations for a new quality of Polish-German relations, together with the Reconciliation Mass in Krzyżowa on 12 November 1989 and the Border Treaty of 1990.
The Good Neighbour Treaty created a solid foundation for political, economic, social, scientific and cultural rapprochement. Of key importance here was the fact that bilateral relations were framed in a European context - both Polish aspirations for integration into the European Union and the significance of the Polish-German partnership for the development of a unified Europe were taken into account.
The authors of the exhibition 'Neighbours in Europe' are Robert Żurek, PhD, a historian and director of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, and Aleksandra Pierścińska-Lichwa from the Foreign Cooperation Office of the City Hall, who described the partnership relations between Polish and German towns and the projects carried out as part of the towns' partnership.