WARSAW (Sputnik) — In November 1941, around 20,000 of Soviet prisoners of war died in the Karolowka concentration camp within the city of Zamosc. In 1969, a monument with the hammer and sickle, the Communist symbol, was built there in memory of the deceased war prisoners.
"The council of the city of Zamosc is against the demolition of the monument which in the first place commemorates the brutal treatment and extermination of the prisoners of war by German Wehrmacht," the explanatory note of the city council reads, adding that the history should not be forgotten.
The paper also highlights that local people trying to help prisoners were also killed by the Nazis, and the nationality of the dead prisoners is now difficult to discover.
The issue of destroying the monument has been widely debated in the city and its council lately due to difficulties in Polish-Soviet relations. At the end of January, the city Council voted against demolishing the monument.
According to the 1992 Russian-Polish Agreement on Friendly and Neighborly Cooperation, Warsaw must protect and preserve Soviet and Russian cemeteries, graves, monuments and other memorial sites located in the country.