Message from Minister Jacek Czaputowicz to participants of the fifth edition of the Krzyżowa-Music Chamber Music Festival
Ladies and Gentlemen!
This is the third time when I am pleased to give honorary patronage to the annual International Chamber Music Festival ‘Krzyżowa-Music’. It is hosted and organised by the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, which consistently reflects the philosophy of good neighbourly relations between Poland and Germany. I would like to thank the management and members of the Foundation for their contribution to building trust between Polish and German people.
Working with the youth and teaching them openness, as well as encouraging them to understand the surrounding world – these are the most important objectives of the Foundation. Young people arriving at Krzyżowa gain an opportunity to become acquainted with the multi-dimensional historical heritage of the site, including the activity of so-called Kreisau Circle, which was a group of people who opposed the criminal regime of the Third Reich and who were brave enough to outline the principles for the post-war order in Germany in the spirit of deeply Christian values.
The concept of reconciliation, Versöhnung, was very strong in mutual relations between our nations after World War 2. Against this backdrop, an aspect of paramount importance was the activity of ecumenical Action Reconciliation and the cooperation of opposition organisations: the East German Initiative for Peace and Human Rights and the Polish Freedom and Peace, which I personally was a member of.
Apart from the letter of Polish bishops to German bishops of 1965, one of the most significant gestures of reconciliation and forgiveness that shaped the contemporary narrative in Polish-German relations was the Reconciliation Mass in Krzyżowa, celebrated in November 1989.
Today, Germany is one of Poland's most important partners. We cooperate closely as neighbours, partners in the European Union and allies within NATO. These relations are of fundamental significance for ensuring security and economic development of our countries. The importance of our contacts in recent years is reflected by the frequency of high-level meetings attended by the heads of governments and ministers for foreign affairs.
I would like to thank you for inviting me to the Festival and I wish you fruitful intergenerational and international cooperation, and the best of artistic sensations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland