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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
  • OPCW NEWS

  • 5 June 2015

    Due to the centennial of the first gas attack that took place during the First World War near the Belgian town of Ypres, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, has made a film about Bolimów - Polish Ypres. The project is supported by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    In the area of Bolimów, toxic gas was used as a weapon on 31st May 1915. It was the first such attack on the Eastern Front of the First World War. Bolimów is situated 50 km west of Warsaw, by the Rawka River. Though the history of the battle that took place there is not widely known, the trails of the triple gas attack are still buried in nearby woods.  In order to remind people of that event, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, has made a film about Bolimów. The documentary gives a closer look at what took place a century ago.

    In spite of the international bans, chemical weapons were used numerous times after the First World War. Not only in the 20th century. but also during the contemporary conflict in Syria. Reinforcing the memory of Ypres and Bolimów is one of the elements of struggle for the world free from chemical weapons, whose ban is the aim of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which in 2013 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

     

     In Poland, the organisation that takes care for commemoration of the Bolimów events is the Inicjatywa Ziemi Bolimowskiej Association, which arranges the re-enactment of the battle of the Rawka River, which is an opportunity for the spectators to see among other things a recreation of the gas attack. 

     

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