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10 April 2017
Earlier today, the chief of Polish diplomacy attended a Mass for the 96 people who died seven years ago in the crash near Smolensk. The Mass was celebrated at the Carmelite Church in Warsaw.
The greatest tragedy in the history of post-WWII Poland occurred in the early hours of 10 April 2010. An air disaster claimed the lives of Poland’s President Lech Kaczyński, First Lady Maria Kaczyńska, the last President-in-exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, top state officials, members of the Polish delegation, and crew members, who were on their way to attend celebrations marking 70 years of the Katyn Crime.
Among the 96 victims were longstanding and eminent members of the foreign service: Andrzej Kremer, MFA Undersecretary of State, Mariusz Handzlik, Undersecretary of State at the Polish President’s Chancellery, Stanisław Jerzy Komorowski, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of National Defence, and Mariusz Kazana, Director of the Diplomatic Protocol.
The events of 10 April came as a shock to millions of Poles at home and abroad, and to the international public. The books of condolences at Poland’s diplomatic missions were signed by politicians, well-known personalities, and ordinary citizens, who thus demonstrated their solidarity with the mourning Polish people.
They are gone forever, but they remain in our memory. We remember those who cared for Poland's good name.
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