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  • 14 September 2015

    During their meeting in Munich today, MFA Undersecretary of State Artur Nowak-Far and Albert Füracker, Secretary of State at the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance, Regional Development and Regional Identity, have signed an agreement transferring copyright on the melody ”Czerwone maki na Monte Cassino” (The Red Poppies on Monte Cassino).

    This song is a special cultural good which carries historic and emotional importance to the Poles. It is a tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers who fought on Monte Cassino for the freedom of Poland,” emphasised Deputy Minister Nowak-Far.

     

    Bavaria willingly meets the Polish request. This song recalls the battle of Monte Cassino, one of the longest and bloodiest fights of World War II that claimed the lives of nearly one thousand Polish soldiers,” said Albert Füracker.

     

    Andrzej Osiak, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Munich, attended the signing ceremony.

     

    The song was created during the battle of Monte Cassino, on the night of 17-18 May 1944, with lyrics written by Feliks Konarski (1907-1991), and music composed by Alfred Schütz (1910-1999). After the war, Alfred Schütz settled in Brazil, and in 1961 moved to Munich, where he lived until his death in 1999. Since he left no heirs, after his wife’s death in 2004, copyright on the melody he had created went over to the Free State of Bavaria, in accordance with German inheritance regulations.

     

    During another ceremony at the Polish Consulate General on Monday, Deputy Minister Artur Nowak-Far awarded the Bene Merito honorary distinction to Thomas Muggenthaler, a journalist of the Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcasting station. Mr Muggenthaler was recognized for his books, radio and television programmes in which he has been documenting and chronicling the history of Polish forced labourers in Bavaria during World War II. For his film ”Verbrechen Liebe” (The Crime of Love), which tells the story of relationships, punishable by death, between Polish forced labourers and German women, he received the Blue Panther, a Bavarian television award.

     

    MFA Press Office

     

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