Their love for their neighbors has not been put through their paces for some friends of Poland for a long time, as it was in those years. But Poland has survived much in its history, so it is necessary to not turn away now.
My interest and deep relationship with Poland has been highlighted in many of my recent blog entries and articles. Without roots, without Polish kinship, my feelings grew from semester abroad to lecture, from language lessons to holidays. But it is a kind of hate-love. Yes, Poland has gone through a lot these last decades and centuries, no question. One of the reasons for my fascination was the 123 years in which most of Poland disappeared from the map and in which the idea of Poland was maintained through language, literature, theater, underground. A country characterized by division, expulsion, flight.
Why, of all things, this very country rejects all who are themselves affected, why in that very country that had the highest percentage of Jewish citizens in Europe before Second World War, increasingly people tend to anti-Semitism, yes, why in that country, that was characterized by different cultures, people increasingly tend to xenophobia, is a mystery that stands for itself.
Of course, there is also the part of the Poles who are appalled by what is happening in their country. The contact and exchange between scientists, school classes, students is therefore more important than ever. As long as politics does not do so, civilian forces must hold together. Remembering the interesting, beautiful sides of Poland is therefore an important form of solidarity: Poland is not lost yet – Polska, we believe in you!