Wednesday, January 24th was a special day for our association.
We received an invitation from Ryszard Kr贸l, Consul-General of the Polish Republic, inviting us to Leipzig. The reason for this invitation to the historical town hall of Leipzig was the official departure ceremony of Ryszard Kr贸l.
He has actively supported our work since 2004. One of the highlights of this excellent cooperation was the inauguration of the Polish memorial plaque in May 2005. Now going into retirement, Consul-General Ryszard Kr贸l and his wife will return to Warsaw by the end of January. As we were personally welcomed by the Consul-General and his wife, the official part was filled with grateful, sometimes amusing speeches, in which the esteem and respect for the person of Ryszard Kr贸l and the work he has undertaken was clearly shown.
The numerous guests present - from the world of politics, religion, cultural organisations, the Armed Forces, associations, and also private persons - all took the time to personally say goodbye to Mr. and Mrs. Kr贸l. During the informal part, which was very well supported by a Polish Catering firm, members of our association had the opportunity to meet with Prof. Dr. Volkhard Knigge, Director of the Buchenwald Memorial Foundation and Dr. Wagner, Director of the Mittelbau-Dora Memorial Site.
We also met Dr. Zbigniew Zareba, the new Polish Consul-General in a very friendly exchange and agreed very quickly to continue and extend the close cooperation into the future.
The highlight of the evening for us was the presentation of a 3-D model, showing the former Bunker 1, decorated with the memorial plaques, wreaths and original items. We also invited departing Consul-General Kr贸l to become the first Honorary Member of our association, which he greatly appreciated.
Saying goodbye to Ryszard was quite emotional and we thanked him for his genuine cooperation and friendship.
We wish Ryszard and his wife all the best for the future and sincerely hope that they will be present in the future commemorations at the Walpersberg Mountain.