On 18-19 January, the First Congress of employees and volunteers of the Krzyżowa Foundation and the International Conference Centre 1990-2020 was held in Krzyżowa. This event closed the celebration of the Jubilee Year of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe.
The meeting was attended by more than 60 people - employees and volunteers who are currently, but also for the past 30 years, associated with Krzyżowa. The programme of the meeting included a tour of the Foundation's premises, common integration games, memorial presentations and plenty of time for talks.
On 6th December in Krzyżowa a jubilee meeting of the team and members of the boards of the Krzyżowa Foundation took place. It was a unique opportunity to summarize the jubilee year and thank all those who are involved in the implementation of the Foundation's mission in their daily work.
The meeting, which in the first part was more official, in the second part took the form of joint workshops and games.
The result of the joint work of all participants was, among others, the preparation of an ecological chain that decorated our Krzyżowa Christmas tree. And under the Christmas tree small gifte were waiting for everyone.
Prof. Waldemar Czachur and Dr. Gregor Feindt are the authors of a new Polish-German publication about Krzyżowa, which has just been published by the publishing Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb).
The village of Krzyżowa in Lower Silesia has German history, Polish present, and European horizon. With the move of the border after the end of World War II, the German village Kreisau became the Polish one. Later the place was rediscovered as a place of German resistance to National Socialism. Germans and Poles have together started the research on the ideas of the Kreisau Circle. Therefore Krzyżowa was the right place to organize the Reconciliation Mass in 1989. Waldemar Czachur and Gregor Feindt follow the growing importance of Krzyżowa for Polish-German relations and show the history of the establishment of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe.
On September 27th, in front of the gate of the Krzyżowa Foundation, Helmuth Caspar von Moltke - son of Helmuth James and Freya von Moltke, owners of the Krzyżowa estate and members of the Kreisau Circle, in the presence of the co-founders of the Foundation, Father Adam Żak SJ and Annemarie Cordes, planted the Oak of Remembrance. It was a symbolic event showing two dimensions of the history of Krzyżowa - the one connected with the Kreisau Circle and the one connected with the creation of the Foundation.
The tree planted by Hemuth Caspar von Moltke replaced the old oak, which had to be removed due to its bad condition. It was on this oak that in August 1946, on the order of the Governor of Świdnica, a list of Germans still living in Krzyżowa was established. They were to leave the village within three days and go, like their compatriots living in this area, to Gracowice, from where they were transported to various occupation zones in Germany.
- This tree had a special meaning. It grew long, it was seen by all the inhabitants who came to the nearby church. We plant a new oak in this symbolic way, because we want to show what the Foundation is - a place that unites people, unites Poles and Germans, unites us in a common reflection on history, but also unites our common work for the future - said Dr. Robert Żurek, Managing Director of the Krzyżowa Foundation during the ceremony.