NEWS

Poland celebrates National Victory Day

Polish ExpressPolish Express logo

Poland celebrates National Victory Day

From this year, the 8 May is now celebrated as National Victory Day and is a national holiday marking the end of World War II.

A bill signed by President Bronisław Komorowski on Thursday exchanges the previous 9 May date to a day earlier, scrapping an earlier decree dating from after the war set by the communist regime.

The new law was rubberstamped by the Sejm lower parliamentary house back in April, with the Senate following suit this Wednesday. The wording of the bill “commemorates the victory over Nazi Germany”.
The move to change the date which Poland commemorates as the end of World War II was proposed by the ruling Civic Platform and was generally agreed upon by all MPs.

However, during a parliamentary debate on the issue, the opposition Law and Justice had reservations regarding the wording of the document, saying that in May 1945 Poland went from being in “Nazi captivity” to being under the influence of “Soviet despotism” in the decade after the war.
Celebrations

As part of the ‘new’ date commemorating National Victory Day, Poland’s Defence Minsitry is putting on an army ‘picnic’ in Warsaw’s Saski park near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A number of military vehicles are to be put on display, including a Rosomak multi-purpose transporter, Leopard tank and a Dana self-propelled artillery gun.

President Komorowski is also to take part in the events on Friday evening to mark the occasion.

Change of date

The end of World War II took place on 8 May 1945 when Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel signed off Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender in Berlin, at 10.30pm local time, with the war ending at precisely 11.01pm.

However, due to a difference in time zones it was already 9 May in Moscow, hence Russia’s choice to commemorate that date. The date was used by the communist government in Poland, and up until the early 1950s was also a day off work.

thenews

Chcesz na bieżąco czytać o wydarzeniach w UK? Pobierz aplikację Polish Express News na Androida i iOS.
Materiał chroniony prawem autorskim. Kopiowanie i publikowanie wyłącznie za zgodą wydawcy.


Podobne artykuły

Putin defends Nazi-Soviet pact

Putin defends Nazi-Soviet pact

President of Russia Vladimir Putin defended the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that paved the way for the division of Poland during a press conference on Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “When the...

US Ambassador: FBI Director comments not govt stance

US Ambassador: FBI Director comments not govt stance

The United States Ambassador to Poland, Stephen Mull, has said that the comments by FBI director James Comey that Poles contributed to the Holocaust do not reflect the stance of the US government. Mull...

FinMin: no excise hike on cigarettes and alcohol

FinMin: no excise hike on cigarettes and alcohol

Poland’s Finance Minister Mateusz Szczurek has said that the government is not planning to raise excise on cigarettes and alcohol in the foreseeable future. “We have raised the minima in terms of tax on...

Doctors and Ministry arrive at agreement

Doctors and Ministry arrive at agreement

The Health Ministry and a union of doctors have agreed on mutual terms and clinics will open on Wednesday. Following an intense 15-hour meeting which started on Tuesday, doctors from the so-called “Zielona...

Prime Minister Kopacz signs Paris shootings condolence book

Prime Minister Kopacz signs Paris shootings condolence book

Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz has joined other dignitaries in signing a condolence book at the French Embassy in Warsaw in tribute to the victims of the 7 January Paris shootings. ''I am united in grief with...

Prime Minister Szydło hails NATO summit success for Poland

Prime Minister Szydło hails NATO summit success for Poland

During a Monday press conference, Prime Minister Beata Szydło commended last week’s NATO summit in Warsaw, calling it a “great success for Poland”. Szydło said that the decisions taken at the two-day gathering...

Senate greenlights referendum package

Senate greenlights referendum package

Following a motion put forward by President Bronisław Komorowski last week, Poland’s Senate has approved a national referendum package on three issues, including single-mandate constituencies. Apart from...

PKP IntercityDostawca: PAP/EPA.

Polish PKP Intercity to modernise fleet of carriages and locomotives

PKP Intercity announced plans to modernise 400 carriages, 60 locomotives, as well as renovate and build a new service depot to upkeep its fleet for PLN 1.8 billion.

UKGC Begins Reformation of Gaming Market and Licensing Practice

UKGC Begins Reformation of Gaming Market and Licensing Practice

Late 2017 and beginning of 2018 was a turbulent period for the iGaming industry in Great Britain. Their main gaming regulator, the United Kingdom Gambling Commission, has decided the time is ripe to start...

Hollande and Sarkozy argue over Poland

Hollande and Sarkozy argue over Poland

French President Francois Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy have led a war of words in the media, commenting on the current situation in Poland. Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy first...


Ta strona używa plików cookie. Kontynuując przeglądanie witryny, wyrażasz zgodę na ich używanie przez nasz serwis. Dodatkowo kiedy odwiedzasz naszą stronę, wstępnie wybrane firmy mogą odczytywać i korzystać z określonych informacji zapisanych na Twoim urządzeniu, aby wyświetlać odpowiednie reklamy bądź spersonalizowane treści. Dowiedz się więcej.OK