Official visit of EP President Martin SCHULZ to Poland:
- Meeting with Władysław BARTOSZEWSKI, plenipotentiary for International Affairs of the Council of Ministers
- Visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau former concentration camps
Lieu: Warsaw, Poland
End production: 21/04/2013 First transmission: 21/04/2013
European Parliament President Martin Schulz made his first official visit to the Republic of Poland on Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 to participate in the commemorations of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and to meet senior government and parliamentary officials. His last official meeting was with Władysław BARTOSZEWSKI, plenipotentiary for International Affairs of the Council of Ministers, and survivor of a extermination camp. On Saturday 20 of April, he visited the former Nazi German extermination camp at Oświęcim-Brzezinka (Auschwitz-Birkenau).
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||EU and Polish flags at the Chancellery of Polish government.
||EP President Martin SCHULZ meeting with Władysław BARTOSZEWSKI, plenipotentiary for International Affairs of the Council of Ministers, shake hands (2 shots) Recorded on Friday 19 of April.
||Former concentration and extermination camp at Oświęcim-Brzezinka (Auschwitz-Birkenau), now Auschitz Birkenau Memorial State Museum: entrance and exterior shots (4 shots)
||EP President Martin SCHULZ visit to Former Auschwitz II-Birkenau site. President's visit guided by Andrzej Kacorzyk, Deputy director of the Memorial State Museum.
||Laying wreath ceremony, together with German students. (4 shots)
||Visit to the so-called Central Sauna, this building contained a shower room, but it was also used for disinfecting the prisoners' clothing with hot steam or hot air.
||Hall with photos of Victims at the camp.
||EP President signs the Honorable Guest's Book of the Memorial Museum (6 shots) He receives a book of the Museum.
||SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ, EP President:
"Who makes his steps into this place and crosses the camp, does leave afterwards as a changed person. What we as Human imagine what 'hell' is became reality here. I'm shaken as any other visitor, because you cannot measure what happend here in normal dimensions. The Human tragedy that happend here is without doubt the deepest point in the history of civilisation. To keep the memory is an obligation, because we should not follow a false impression, the destructive caracter that this was possible does always exist. We managed in Europe, especially due to the cooperation between the States and the people to create institutions that are capable to protect us from a repitition, but the Human character from megaloman to the most destructive is reflected here, but both are elements of our Human existence and can be therefore be repeated. Auschwitz is an appeal for us, we have to fight on a daily basis that this is not repeated, therefore it is a important that the EU invests money here to this memorial."
||Ruins of crematory and gas chamber III
||Exterior shots: watchtower and fence, group of visitors, wreath at the Monument to the Victims.