President Andrzej Duda welcomed members of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) at a gala opening the organisation's Warsaw office on Monday ('Polish President welcomes American Jewish Committee to Warsaw' 28.03.2017):
In a letter which was read out during Monday’s opening of the organisation’s regional office in Warsaw, Duda referred to the event as a way of strengthening transatlantic ties, of which Poland has always been a staunch advocate. In his letter, Duda also wrote about the common history of Poles and Jews. “This unique political community … was annihilated by the aggression of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, but despite the inhumane terror, crime and mass extermination, the solidarity between our nations has survived,” Duda wrote. He added that he hoped Poles and Jews will successfully cooperate in defending the good name of Poland and historical truth. The American Jewish Committee was founded in 1906 to protect the Jewish community outside the United States. In addition to Poland, its Warsaw bureau is also in charge of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.