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Why Is Poland Reluctant Over Loringhoven Appointment As Ambassador To Germany?

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The appointment of a German ambassador to Poland has been surrounded with a lot of controversy and sad feelings. A rather delayed appointment of Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven was finally announced by Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek, Poland’s deputy foreign minister with much reluctance and less enthusiasm.

Loringhoven succeeded his predecessor Rolf Nikel and should have taken office in June 2019 itself but his appointment was not announced immediately.  Media is amok with news of Loringhoven’s ties with the German Nazi times. His father apparently served as a military officer for Nazi Germany during the war. It is therefore no wonder that the ruling party leader Jarosław Kaczyński picked on this personal history and opposed his appointment.

The memories of the Second World War haunt the Polish people. To add insult to the injury has been the fact that the annual event of World Holocaust Forum had no mention of the war atrocities that faced Polish people along with millions of Jews who were systematically wiped out on the orders of Adolf Hitler.

Another media source has further substantiated Loringhoven’s father’s role in Hilter’s rule. Mr. Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven prepared the daily military briefing in Adolf Hitler’s bunker from 1944 to the end of April 1945 as an adjutant to the Army Chief of Staff.

Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven has previously served as the deputy head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service, and as Germany’s ambassador to the Czech Republic. He was the first chief of intelligence for the NATO appointed in 2016.  Speaking about the appointment and its delay that has raised quite a lot of eyebrows, the diplomat Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek said that, “ Poland’s non representation in the World Holocaust Forum only falsifies history, a suffering much greater than what Polish people suffered at the hands of Germany in the Second World War.”

But the University of Oxford turnout, Loringhoven understands that the historical significance of a relationship that Germany shares with Poland.  Having served in crucial government positions, Loringhoven has been upfront is saying that indeed Germany continues to take responsibility of other’s actions of the past.

On its part, Germany has been constantly trying to reach out to the needing and set an example of a nation of rightful compassionate action; as in the case of its stance towards migration movement since 2015. With Poland reeling under the pressures of the Covid-19 collapse, Loringhoven’s German origins might just help him bridge the gaps and sense of mistrust that flows in the fabric of the Polish lives.

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