Poland overly politicizes issue of confrontation with Ukraine during Second World War
The comment of Volodymyr Viatrovych, director of the Institute of National Remembrance, regarding the resumption of the dialogue between Ukraine and Poland on historical reconciliation
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First of all, I want to say that we should not talk about restoring the historical discussion around difficult issues, but about continuation of this discussion. The fact is that such discussions are under way, moreover, a special format was created in 2015 by the Ukrainian and Polish Institutes of National Memory, a historians' forum where 12 scientists dealing with World War II issues meet twice a year in Poland and professionally discuss issues of Polish-Ukrainian confrontation during the Second World War.
Accordingly, there are no problems in the dialogue on this issue regarding historical background; this process, thank God, is developing. The only problem is the excessive politicization of this topic by Poland. Unfortunately, Mr. Waszczykowski himself is one of the speakers of the politicization of it with his well-known statements that allegedly Ukraine with its Bandera will not enter Europe, and other such things that prove his desire and the desire of other politicians from the camp of "Law and Justice" to somehow influence the evaluation of certain historical phenomena in Ukraine.
I think it is not very correct when politicians try to impose their political assessments on the past. This is an obvious task primarily for historians.
I think that Ukraine is doing everything right in this issue: Ukraine continues to study this problem, Ukrainian researchers work in archives, publish their works. I am convinced that politicians have done everything they need to do around this topic earlier. We have common statements of the two presidents, the two parliaments, and it is obvious that the other participation of politicians in covering this topic is more likely to harm both the understanding of the past and may be the reason for the further deterioration of relations. Mr. Waszczykowski said that in our history there are heroes who unite us. Of course, we must remember them. At the same time, we must understand that in our history there will be individuals who will be heroes for Ukrainians and criminals for the Poles, and vice versa. One of the foundations of mutual respect is respect for this difference, so we must respect that each of us has the right to show this difference.