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Seventy years ago, on September 1, 1939, German soldiers broke border barriers at Westerplatte, near Gdansk, and elsewhere along the Germany-Poland borderline. It was the official start of World War II, that would set all the world on fire till Summer of 1945.
Millions of people in Europe died as a direct consequence of the violence that followed that day. Millions were persecuted, tortured, killed, only because of their race, religion, nationality. The mad dream of Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels and the other leaders of Nazism turned the Old Continent and the Mediterranean into ruins.
To further the memory of the event, and celebrate the victims of all sides of those six years’ foolishness, a the European Union, the governments of Poland and Germany will hold a ceremony to mark the anniversary. EU will be represented by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will represent the Swedish Presidency of the European Union. During the day, Fredrik Reinfeldt will also address the heads of state and government present.
Participants at the memorial ceremony will include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Poland’s President Lech Kaczyński and Prime Minister Donald Tusk.