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Polish Exhibition in Berlin
June 3, 2009   
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Bronisław Komorowski, the speaker of the lower house of the parliament, and Bundestag President Norbert Lammert opened an exhibition at the German parliament on May 26 entitled A Peaceful Revolution-The Road to Freedom. The 20th Anniversary of the System Transformations in Poland. The exhibition is part of the 20th anniversary commemorations of the fall of communism.

"The history of the past 20 years needs a summary that does not only focus on the drama, blood, misery and struggle, but also shows the effects of the two decades," Komorowski said at the ceremony. The opening featured the song "Mury" (The Walls) by the late Polish bard Jacek Kaczmarski. Komorowski said it was symbolic because 20 years ago, walls had come tumbling down in both Poland and Germany.

The multimedia exhibition at the Bundestag, prepared by the European Solidarity Center, recounts how Poland and Central and Eastern Europe worked their way out of the communist dictatorship and examines the consequences of the fall of the regime. It closes with the history of Poland's accession to the EU. The exhibition will be on display through June 17, when a monument will be unveiled before the Bundestag to commemorate Solidarity in Poland. The monument will be made of fragments from a wall at the Gdańsk Shipyard. In November, a German exhibition documenting the fall of the Berlin Wall will open at the Polish parliament.
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