President of Germany at POLIN Museum
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender visited the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. At the permanent exhibition, they were guided by prof. Dariusz Stola, museum director, Marian Turski, chairman of the museum's board and Piotr Wiślicki, Chairman of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland's board.
The presidential couple visited the exhibition with great interest, asking many questions and extending the visit beyond the originally planned time. Afterwards, they wrote about their impressions in the memorial book of the POLIN Museum: “Many thanks for the deep insight you gave us during the tour of the museum. Here you can clearly see how closely Polish history is related to the history of European Jews. And again, it reminds us, Germans, of our historical responsibility. This exhibition should be visited by many young people. And those who bear political responsibility, now and in the future, should understand that we must maintain the achieved state of reconciliation, partnership and friendship, and that we must not undermine it.”.
Apart from visiting the POLIN Museum, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Elke Büdenbender also laid a wreath at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes.