REPUBLIC OF POLAND
Warsaw, October 12, 1993
Mr. Thomas Blatt
Chairman of the Holocaust Sites Preservation Committee
Honorable Mr. Chairman, Honorable Mr. Wojewodo, Honorable Assembly:
Please accept my sincere words of thanks for the honor of inviting me to the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the revolt in the Sobibor death camp.
Unfortunately, because of urgent matters, I cannot take part in today's events in person. However, I wish to send my homage to the heroes - the victims of Hitler's terror and cruel genocide. The prisoners of Sobibor, the horrible death camp for Jews, took the heroic decision to fight, and in effect, they chose above all a way to die, because they were fully aware that if anyone survived, they would be only a few. In this inhuman world of the totalitarian system of death camps, slavery, and human degradation, in which we saw mainly death, the prisoners of Sobibor have shown how to act and fight heroically, so as to be morally victorious.
The history of Sobibor has also shown us that even in the face of extreme terror and extermination, Hitler's hangmen were not able to kill in the victimized and tormented people the will to fight for freedom, even if the road led to death.
The history of the Holocaust is the most monstrous tragedy of a people's destiny, where the most appaling chapters took place on our soil. It is the duty of all of us - and I do not need to justify deeper - to know more, understand more, and remember those terrible, murderous times and the heroes of those days.
In paying reverence to those who chose the battle call of death in Sobibor death camp, we must remember the prize for the final victory over totalitarianism. We should do everything so as not to allow the emergence of another "inhuman world" and their indescribable crimes.