About National Day of Polish Children of War
On September 10th 2023 Poland will celebrate the first annual National Day of Polish Children of War after a bill establishing the new public holiday was passed by parliament last week and signed into law by President Andrzej Duda.
According to the new law, the holiday will be observed “in tribute to the Polish children of war, who, despite the trauma they experienced as a result of the hecatomb of World War II, the criminal actions of the German and Soviet occupiers, were able to lift our common homeland from the ashes and as a proof of respect and gratitude for their effort.”
Despite 10 September becoming a public holiday, it will not signify a day off from work or school in Poland.
“Children became the most defenseless victims of the dehumanised goals of war criminals,” reads a statement from the president’s office, justifying the establishment of a holiday honouring child victims of the war.
“The intention of the occupiers was the biological destruction of the Polish nation, its enslavement and deprivation of autonomy and freedom. For this purpose, various methods of cruelty were used, in particular against children.”
The holiday is an initiative of MPs from the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party. After being adopted by the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, the bill was passed by the Senate.