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.
On 14th of June there was an online meeting entitled "Witnesses to the treaty". It was part of a series of "8 x Reconciliation" events on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Treaty of Good Neighbourhood.
Johannes Bauch - former German ambassador to Poland and prof. Jerzy Kranz - former Polish ambassador to Germany, talked about the difficulties in Polish-German relations at the end of the 1980s, which include, above all, the controversy around the border on the Oder and Neisse rivers, as well as the tedious negotiations of the 1990 border treaty and the treaty of good neighbourhood of 1991. Ambassador Bauch emphasized that Polish-German relations - despite the current political tensions - have surprisingly changed for the better over the last 30 years. Both guests agreed that the aforementioned treaties were created and still constitute a stable basis for Polish-German relations only thanks to the fact that people with outstanding diplomatic abilities and great political foresight have worked on their creation.
„Witnesses to the Treaty”
interview with Johannes Bauch and prof. Jerzy Kranz
moderator: Dr. Annemarie Franke
Date: Monday, 14 June 2021 at 6:00 p.m
Place: Online - Zoom webinar https://zoom.us/j/99899983949 (with simultaneous translation into German and Polish)
and live on FB https://www.facebook.com/FundacjaKrzyzowa (without translation)
an event prepared in cooperation with the Freya von Moltke Foundation for the New Kreisau and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Online meeting entitled "Children of Reconciliation", which took place on 9th of June 2021, opened a series of events as part of the "8 x Reconciliation" program on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Polish-German neighborly treaty.
The main part of this event was an interview with Elisabeth Seidler and Wojciech Mazowiecki. Their fathers: Manfred Seidler, spokesman of the Polish Commission of the Bensberg Circle, and Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Poland's first democratic prime minister, belonged to the generation that, having experienced the drama of World War II, initiated the process of Polish-German reconciliation.