May 25 should be a very important day on the calendars of all the countries of the European Union, but sadly it is not.
He infiltrated Auschwitz to investigate and denounce the Holocaust
The reason for the importance of the date lies in a painful fact: on this day in 1948, Major Witold Pilecki was assassinated in the boiler room of Mokotów prison, in the middle of the night, after being sentenced to death for a court of the communist dictatorship imposed by Stalin in Poland. It was an unfair way to die for one of the greatest European heroes of the 20th century. His main merit was an unusual fact that still causes astonishment to many: as I have already told you here, Pilecki was the only person who voluntarily entered the Auschwitz death camp in 1940 to investigate and inform the Polish resistance about what what was going on there. The comprehensive report he produced was the first major Holocaust denunciation to be known outside of Poland.
He fought against Nazism and against communism
Pilecki fought the Germans in the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, and after the occupation of his homeland, he was one of the founders of the Tajna Armia Polska (Polish Secret Army), one of the first resistance organizations against the Germans in World War II, which in 1942 would become part of the Armia Krajowa, the largest resistance organization of that contest. After escaping from Auschwitz, Pilecki participated in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Germans, the largest insurrection in a country occupied by the Third Reich. At the end of the war he continued the fight, this time against the new occupants -the Soviets- in the Polish anti-communist resistance, forming part of the organization Wolność i Niezawisłość (WiN, Freedom and Independence), until he was arrested on May 8 from 1947.
The European Parliament asked in 2019 to celebrate this day in his honor
On September 19, 2019, the European Parliament approved a resolution condemning the crimes of nazism and communism, in which it asked "for 25 May (the anniversary of the execution of the Auschwitz hero Rotamaster Witold Pilecki) to be established as International Day of Heroes of the Fight against Totalitarianism, which will be an expression of respect and a tribute to all those who, by fighting tyranny, demonstrated their heroism and true love for humankind." Two months ago the Socialists, Communists and their separatist allies voted in the Spanish Parliament against assuming that sentence, also rejecting, therefore, to celebrate this important anniversary.
Vox is the only party that has vindicated him in the Spanish Parliament
Sadly, today no Spanish media has remembered this anniversary. In the political sphere, the Vox deputy Francisco José Contreras has reminded him, stating: "A Europe committed to freedom would honor Witold Pilecki. For he heroically fought against nazi totalitarianism (allowing himself to be locked up in Auschwitz to spy) and that of the communists (who tortured and killed him). Today is the anniversary of his death." No other Spanish party has remembered this hero today. And then the left talks to us about "historical memory"?
Only two mentions of Witold Pilecki appear on the website of the Congress of Deputies, and both correspond to a parliamentary initiative presented by Vox in October 2020 to promote the recognition of the victims of communism. This initiative recalled the mention of the Polish hero in the European condemnation of the crimes of both totalitarianisms, and made this semblance of him: "militant of the Polish resistance against the nazi and communist invasion -Germany and the USSR divided the country according to the agreed in the Hitler-Stalin pact of August 1939- he allowed to be trapped by the Gestapo to form a cell of the ZOW [Zwiqzek Organizacji Wojskowych, Union of Military Organizations] in the Auschwitz concentration camp, from where he leaked reports to the Allies about the Holocaust; escaped from the Lager and joined the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis." Vox added that the Polish hero "would end, once the war is over, militate in the Polish resistance against the new Soviet occupation; he was shot by the communist regime on May 25, 1948)."
The three things that moved Pilecki and that the Spanish left detests
Ironically, the same people who call Vox "fascist", which is actually a democratic and conservative party, are the ones who opposed this condemnation of the crimes of nazism and communism, the same ones who continue to believe that there are dictatorships and crimes of genocide that do not deserve to be condemned (those perpetrated by communists), and that insist on burying that Polish hero in oblivion, perhaps because he was moved by his deep Catholic convictions, his patriotism and his sincere love for Freedom, three things that he cannot bear the anti-Catholic, apátrida and liberticide Spanish left.
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