Poll: WW2 still part of Poland’s ‘living’ history
PR dla Zagranicy
Almost three quarters of Poles – 71 percent – think that World War 2 continues to be a living part of Poland’s history which should be constantly recalled and remembered.
In a poll undertaken by the CBOS Institute, such a view was expressed primarily by those in the 35-54 age bracket and the 65-plus group, holding university degrees.
For 26 percent of the respondents, mostly in the 18-24 bracket and with secondary education, the events of 75 years ago are too distant and therefore not worth remembering.
Asked what makes them particularly proud, 45 percent of respondents point to the organisation of the Polish Secret State and the activities of the Home Army, 37 percent – to the Warsaw Rising of 1944, and 36 percent - to the defence of Poland against the German invasion in September1939.
However, World War 2 is not listed among the most memorable events of the 20th century. The election of the Polish Pope in 1978 is given top priority by 62 percent of the respondents, whereas 46 percent of Poles, of both conservative and leftist views, single out the pontificate of John Paul II and the regaining of independence in 1918. (mk/jb)