18/05/2018

Love, loyalty, courage and civic responsibility – the von Moltke family

A story that could serve as a melodrama scenario is much more than that. Love that turned out to be stronger than war and death. Courage that required sacrificing more than one life. The participants of the Thursday meeting at the Lutheran Church of Divine Providence got to know the moving history of the von Moltke couple.

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The meeting was prepared by the “Krzyżowa” Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe and it was devoted to the life story of the exceptional people, whose lives were marked by the stigma of the dramatic history of the 20th century. Their example served as a starting point for the discussion on civic responsibility and civil courage. Thanks to the film, these issues could be seen from a rather unusual perspective – from the perspective of a young couple owning the property in Krzyżowa (at that time called Kreisau), the hosts of the meetings of the German opposition Circle from Krzyżowa.

The screening of the film was part of the educational project „Against Nazism. The Story of Freya and Helmuth von Moltke”. The project was  accomplished by the “Krzyżowa” Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe and the Freya von Moltke Foundation with the financial support of Willy Pitzer Stiftung and Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. This project carries out screenings of the film „Freya – Love at the Time of Resistance” and discussions on resistance and civic responsibility.

During the discussion, which took place after the screening, the participants shared that the stories of the Kreisau Circle and the von Moltke family have not been known to them so far. They also pointed out that the fate of this young couple who decided to resist Nazism sacrificing their personal happiness was very moving. Everyone agreed that civil responsibility, courage, respect and openness to dialogue are universal values ​​that are the subject of reflection today as well.

People involved in the creation of the Krzyżowa Foundation and its subsequent activities, told about the importance of Krzyżowa after 1945 and its numerous tasks in building international dialogue.

The meeting was hosted by Dr. Tomasz Skonieczny from the European Academy of the „Krzyżowa” Foundation and Dr. Robert Żurek – a member of the Foundation’s Board – participated in the discussion.