Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Poland grieves


You may have heard that the Polish President, his wife, a large number of ministers and key members of the military have died in a plane crash last Saturday. We have a lot of Polish citizens in France and a lot of people of Polish origins whose grand parents (500 000) came in the 30's to work  in France. No wonder then that the Polish embassy, where I took this photo last evening, was all covered in flowers and little notes. I don't know if I have many Polish visitors, but that'll be my tribute to their country today!

31 comments:

  1. Congratulations Eric on a poignant and dignified photograph, which needs no comment

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  2. Thank you Eric for posting this. You are so thoughtful to think of Poland at this time. My Great Grandparents came from Poland.
    I can't imagine losing that many leaders in a country at one time.
    the people of Poland must be devastated.
    My heart goes out to them.

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  3. Yes, all my sympathies to Poland the families of those who were lost. A great tragedy.

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  4. Very meaningful and from the heart.

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  5. Looks like only the bottom half of the the ET is lit tonight - could it be at "half mast?"

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  6. OH! I bet it is making a P for Poland!

    Look before it closes down:
    http://www.paris-live.com/paris_webcam/eiffel_tower_cam3.htm

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  7. such a tradegy - not only for the Polish people but also for other nations. A Priest from the London Polish community is among the dead. An ex-boyfriend had a Polish mum and a British father and I adored his Grandmother

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  8. You're very kind and thoughtful, Eric, to have posted this image. It's a respectful homage that captures the connection.

    Those Poles who came in the 30's, and all their descendants, are surely Frenchmen now, as well, so Poland and France grieve as one. We've also been talking about it here where I am since it happened.

    I once worked in a company where 200 of the company's upper ranks were all killed in a plane crash in Japan. It caused incredible upheaval, but even when that faded away, the pain it caused lasted for a long, long time.

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  9. Very thoughtful of you to post this today, Eric. One of my great-great grandfathers came here from Poland, and my heart goes out to all the Polish people.

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  10. My grand-parents came from Poland too. What a horrible loss!

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  11. Very thoughtful Eric...
    How hard life goes sometimes...
    I'm thinking to the President twin brother, Jaroslaw, who is certainly extremely affected by his brother's death. Between twins, things are said to be such subtilely lived.
    Terrible.

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  12. Thank you Eric.
    It is very thoughtful of you to make today post on this tragedy. I do appreciate it...
    (I am a faithful reader of your blog for almost a year now, learnt about so many things that guide books do not mention and I have missed during my previous visits to Paris. I intend to make up for it this year).
    Once again, thank you for everything!

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  13. I would like to thank you all readers of PDP for your kind posts. I have just read them.
    The whole Poland is still in shock but these words of compassion mean a lot to us. Thank you!

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  14. What a poignant and thoughtful tribute Eric. My condolences also to the people of Poland, everywhere.
    Dave
    parisinmypocket.blogspot.com

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  15. Thank you. I'm one of the Polish visitors and I really appreciate it.
    It's a very hard time for Poland and Polish people, thank you for your support.

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  16. Dziękujemy,że jesteście z nami.

    Thank you for being with us.

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  17. It was really thoughtful to post this image. This big tragedy is definately very hard not only for Polish people, but for all other nations, too. I'm with Polish people in my thoughts.

    You're so warmhearted person, Eric. Thank you for posting this image...

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  18. Thank you for your compassion.
    I'm from Poland (i visit your page everyday) and each nice word makes us happy in this sad time.

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  19. Very beautiful tribute and I love the angle of the photo. To all of Poland my heartfelt condolences. xoxo Valorie

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  20. Thank you for this photo. It is nice to know that people care.
    Agnes

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  21. My bank has an actual policy about how many associates, and at what level, can travel together. At the end of the day, tragedy strikes you as a person, not as a position...


    Sean

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  22. Thank you, It is terrible tragedy for my country. We still are in shock.
    Ewelina from Poland

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  23. Thank you, It is terrible tragedy for my country. We still are in shock.
    Ewelina from Poland

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  24. Thank You for this posting. I'm from Poland. We have a hard days now. A lot of sorrow & pain...

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