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past. monday night on the "the communicators"." marsha blackburn chair of the judiciary committee technology task force on china's huawei company in the u.s. anti-trust issues and regulating big tech. >> some of the social media platforms that are going to distribute news and have a news feed individuals want to see them actually have a news director. >> monday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span 2. >> next on american history tv, vice president pence delivers remarks at an event in warsaw, poland. commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of
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world war ii. [speaking foreign language] >> ladies and gentlemen, vice president of the united states of america michael richard pence will now deliver an address. ♪ wrap >> president duda, president steinmart. other presidents, prime minsters and heads of state. distinguished guests and most of all, noble citizens of poland. it is an honor to be here on behalf of the president of the united states and all of the american people to mark the
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80th anniversary of the outbreak of world war ii. two years ago, president donald trump came to this city and spoke of the remarkable bonds of american people and people of poland. saying in his words, america loves poland and america loves the polish people. [applause] today, as vice president of the united states, it's my great honor to stand here today on behalf of the american people including nearly 10 million polish-americans in a poland that is safe, strong and free.
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as the president said that day, the story of poland is the story of a people who never lost hope. never been broken, who have never, ever forgotten who they are. today, in the heart of warsaw, standing humbly before the tomb of unknown soldier we've gathered to bear witness to the courage of a great people. to the spirit of a great nation and to the profound and lasting strength of a great civilization. while the hearts of every american are with our fellow citizens in the path of a massive storm, today we remember how the gathering storm of the
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20th century broke into warfare and invasion followed by unspeakable hardship and heroism of the bold polish people. during the five decades of untold struggle and suffering that followed the outbreak of world war ii, the polish people never lost hope. you never gave into despair. and you never let go of your thousand--year history. in the years that followed this day, 80 years ago your life shown in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. the character, faith and determination of the polish people made all the difference.
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it would in time turn shattering defeat into glorious victory. it is difficult for any of us who fathom the horrors here 80 years ago. within the weeks the army of nazi germany from the west from the communist soviet union from the east, divided up this country into occupation zones. the nazi leader issued a command for the physical destruction of the enemy and ordered the merciless and without compassion death of polish men, women and
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children. those invasions marked the beginning of a conflict unlike anything the world have ever known before. one we resolve here today. the world will never know again. [applause] in just over four years, one in five polish citizens will be murdered at the hands of an evil ideology bent on racial conquest and authoritarian rule. the nazi systematically murdered 90% of polands, more than 3 million jews. tens of thousands of great patriots will be killed in the
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fight against the occupation of their homeland. over 21,000 polish sons and daughters were massacred at the hands of the communist in april april 1940. in the cabin forest and buried in mass graves. right here in this city, more than 150,000 polish men women and children gave their lives in just nine weeks of the warsaw uprising. uprising followed by the deliberate and total destruction of this city by german forces while soviet forces stood by and allowed the slaughter. those who rose up guide fighting
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to liberate these blood-stained streets from fascism and dictatorship in communism. as president trump said two years ago, there is a courage and a strength deep in the polish character that no one could destroy. today, we remember. the long roll call of polish hero who fought for freedom in those dark days. their names and memory of their heroism will be enshrined in the hearts of their people and
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freedom-loving people forever. the long and terrible war started here in poland. before long, that death struggle with the totalitarianism involved the faith and compelled the extraordinary sacrifice of freedom-loving nations across the world. who today, we also remember. the 16 million americans who left the peace and comfort of their home to fight to liberate europe. they stood against evil and over 400,000 young american men including thousands of polish-americans gave their last full measure of devotion for
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their country and the peoples of nations they did not know. today, i remember my countrymen and their sacrifices with honor and gratitude. today we remember the millions of brave and sturdy british citizens who served and sacrificed to save europe. so too we recall the incredible patriots of the french resistance, the dutch, the danish, the belgians, the czechs, the greeks, the romanians and so many other underground movement and freedom fighters who entered history as legends of courage and they demonstrated a selflessness that will be remembered for the ages. but none fought with more valor
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or determination or righteous fury than the polish. in their decades-long struggle against tyranny poland proved itself a homeland of heroes. [applause] as we remember the war that began here on polish soil eight decades ago. duo well to pause and reflect on the causes of so great -- the five against the twisted ideologies of naziism and communism reflected the eternal struggle between right and wrong. good and evil.
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they were driven by an ancient and wicked urge to claim power by any means and impose their will to control the lives of ordinary men and women. all morality became socialist morality. whatever serve the power of the state, it came justified. even murder on an unprecedented scale. when we think of the deprivety of totalitarianism of the death squads the concentration camps the secret police, state propaganda the destruction of churches and the endless hostility to people of faith.
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one cannot help but think of the words of another who lived under soviet totalitarianism. the russian dissent. pondering the times which he lived and i quote "if i recalled upon to identify briefly the principle traits of the entire 20th century i i would be unable to find anything more precise than this. ". men have forgotten god. those who sought to remake the world by force did not have the last word. because there was something greater at work.
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through the brutality of war and through four decades of communist rule, as president trump said two years ago in this city, poland and the other captive nations of europe endured a campaign to demolish your freedom, your laws, your history, your identity and your faith. yet you never lost that spirit. your oppressors try to break you but poland could not be broken. in june 1979, one of poland's greatest sons returned home.
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as pope john paul ii. history reported that in this very square, he preached as polish people could not understand their history or their future a part from the greatest source of their strength and goodness. the holy father's visit caused a revolution of conscious throughout the land. within 16 months, solidarity became the first to recognize free trade union in the communist block and the momentum of those nine days would eventually lead to the fall of the berlin wall in 1989 and the end of the soviet union in 1991.
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[applause] on that day, in this place pope john paul ii said, if man cannot understand who he is, what his true dignity is, what his vocation is, what his final end is without christ. when the holy father spoke those words, the millions of poles gathered here, fearlessly spoke for their nation and their
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history, lifting their voices they sang, "we want god"." their voices echoed across this nation and around the world. a memorial cross to honor that historic moment stands before us today. just opposite of tomb of the unknown soldier. it is a symbol of bullish faith but also of polish hope and resolve. it is a permanent testimony to the belief of the polish people that true solidarity among
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people and among nations is only possible when that solidarity is seen in the light of a providential creator. today, we are gathered as friends. as allies from more than 40 countries, representatives of freedom-loving nations. today the faith of our people are linked by a shared love of freedom and self-determination. let us on this day resolve that the words heard in this square that unraveled that long night of oppression, not just for the people of poland but all across
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eastern europe. let us resolve that those words and truths that have sustained human freedom from the beginning will never be forgotten. america and poland will continue to stand with all of our allies for our common defense. america and poland will also continue to call on our allies to live up to the promises that we've made to one another. for the american people and the polish people know that a strong alliance of free, sovereign and independent nations is the best defense of our freedoms. now and always.
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thank you for the honor of representing our president and the american people on this historic occasion. as we mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of world war ii. today we remember those who were lost. in poland and in their long twilight struggle and all of those who sacrifice from my nation and nations represented here to win a victory for freedom. we remember those that were lost on this day but we also do well to celebrate.
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celebrate enduring for freedom and the role that people of poland play by their strength and their example. as president trump said here in warsaw two years ago, america never gave up on the freedom and independence of the polish people and we never will. [applause] on this occasion, if any should doubt that the destiny of mankind is freedom, let them look to poland. to the courageous polish people and see for themselves the
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spirit, strength of the people. through their decade-long struggle their courage and faith shown forth you proved again here in poem and for -- poland and for all the world though it may take decades, that where the spirit of the lord is there is freedom. we now look to the future. with the inspiration, courage and resolve of the polish people from this day forward, i can assure you.
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poland america and all freedom-loving nations in the world will meet that future together. thank you. god bless you. god bless poland and may god bless the united states of america. [applause] >> thank you very much mr. vice president. ♪
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