In 2020, we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the biggest and bloodiest conflict in world history. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the Schumann Declaration, which was a response to this war, which proposed European integration to avoid new disputes and which initiated this integration. Peace, which is obvious to many generations of Europeans, is the result of a great effort by people who, after the tragedy of the Second World War, wanted to protect the future of future generations. 

Today we are observing reality with increasing concern. Progressive polarisation of societies, a turn towards nationalism, radical attitudes - these are increasingly frequent phenomena which may pose a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the nations of Europe. It is therefore worth considering what lesson we can learn from the tragic experience of the 20th century, so as not to repeat the same mistakes.

In this very special year, we invite you to participate in a mutual reflection on the history of conflicts, reconciliation and European integration. The motto for our story will be the words from the Schumann Declaration: "A united Europe was not achieved and we had war". And the pretext for it will be... Krzyżowa. A place which, like no other, is an example that dialogue, respect and understanding are universal values that guarantee building Europe peacefully.

We invite you to watch 8 episodes, which were realized in Krzyżowa with the participation of employees of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe. The following films will be published in a weekly cycle on our website and on the social media profiles of the Foundation: Facebook,, Twitter. In addition, the Foundation's website will offer interviews with experts as well as other materials to deepen the theme.

The project was implemented by the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe with the support of the Regional Representation of the European Commission in Wrocław.


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