Condolences from the UBC President and Member Cities

Per Bødker Andersen, President of UBC

The news of Paweł’s death came as shock to me. It is so painful to accept that he is gone! There are no words to express my grief and sorrow.
Please convey my deepest sympathy to his family, friends, co-workers. I am with them in my thoughts in this difficult moments. I stand in solidarity with all Gdańsk inhabitants, in condemnation of this act of violence.
It is a great loss for the city of Gdańsk – his love and passion. He was so devoted to his work for all citizens, always ready to listen to every single man. Warm, open-minded and very brave he turned his duties to be the mission to build a real European city based on such democratic values, as freedom, solidarity, respect and tolerance. I hope his work will be continued.
It is a great loss to me, too. Paweł was my friend in the European Committee of the Regions. He was always committed to such issues as social inclusion and human rights. He strongly supported the cities’ co-operation within the Union of the Baltic Cities. The UBC Secretariat has been generously hosted by the city of Gdańsk.
He will never be forgotten.

Per Schöldberg, City of Växjö

It is with great shock I receive the message that Pawel Adamowicz has died following the terrible knife attack in Gdansk. The City of Växjö is sending a letter of condolence.
We send our city’s condolences to the family of Mr Adamowicz and our deepest sympathies to the citizens of Gdansk that will miss a great leader. We are thankful for the friendship and support that Mr Adamowicz has given us partner cities in the Union of the Baltic Cities.
Please notify us if there is anything more Växjö can do at this stage.

Irene Pendolin, City of Turku

We are shocked and saddened here in Turku, not only the international team but the whole Central Administration. Mayor Adamowicz will be remembered, his work and achievements live on.
Our deepest condolences from our whole international team in Turku. Our thoughts are with Mayor Adamowicz’s family and friends and all the people of Gdansk.
We wish you all strength in this difficult time.

Karin Wohlgemuth, City of Rostock

Yesterday we heard from the incredible attack against Pawel Adamowicz, and right now we learned that he could not survive it.
It is so sad and I cannot beleave it. Our thoughts are with his family and with all the people of Gdansk.

Andreas Schubert, City of Rostock

I´m schocked, already since yesterdays late night TV news. I remember Pawel Adamowicz from UBC General Conference in Gdynia. And we were joint together so happy.

Cathrin Truckenbrodt, Wolfgang Schmidt, City of Kiel

We express our heartfelt compassion to you and the citizens of Gdansk for the death of Mayor Pavel Adamowicz. The UBC has lost a visionary thinker and tireless champion for the Baltic Sea cooperation. The city of Gdansk loses an outstanding fighter for a democratic, peaceful and prosperous Poland. The loss for his family and friends can not be described. In these hard days, our thoughts are with you.

Mikko Lohikoski, City of Turku

I am sharing your pain and grief. Can personally testify how the city and its citizens are in shock. A great and courageous voice has been silenced. But the work for his ideals must continue.

Bo Hjälmefjord, City of Växjö

So sorry to hear that Paweł Adamowicz did not make it. So cruel, so meaningless. Thinking of his family and all of you who missed a great colleague and leader.

Very sad indeed. His passing has been widely recognized in Swedish media and it is something on ‘everyone’s lips’ here. He has been portraited as a very good person with very high standards and ethics.
Thinking his family and all of you who were close to him. Must be very hard!

Øyvind Lyngen Laderud, City of Kristiansand

It was both very sad and shocking to learn about the stabbing of Mayor Adamowicz in Gdańsk yesterday. 
I am sorry for the loss the whole of Gdańsk must feel right now. This disgraceful act was also an attack on democracy no matter what the motives were.

Dovydas Kaminskas, City of Tauragė

This is tragic. There are no words to express our sorrow.
Taurage stand together with the city and inhabitants of Gdańsk in our thoughts.

Eva Nypelius, Mayor of Gotland

I just heard of your mayor’s, Paweł Adamowicz, tragic passing. Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to the citizens of Gdansk in your time of sorrow.

Maria Santana, B/O Mr. Carsten Rasmussen, Mayor of Naestved

On behalf of the Mayor of Naestved, please accept our sincere sympathy on the untimely passing of Mr. Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk. His death was a shock to us – so unexpected.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with the citizens of Gdańsk and Mr. Adamowicz’s family.

Sandra Inkēna, City of Riga

Please accept the deepest condolences from me and my colleagues from the Foreign Affairs Office of the Riga City Council.
We are shocked after hearing the news about the  criminal attack and the death of Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk.

I am also enclosing the letter of condolence of the Chairman of the Riga City Council Mr Nils Ušakovs.
We are together with you in your deep sorrow.

Trine  Marit Aasen, City of Kristiansand

We are so shocked to hear about the tragic death of the Mayor of Gdańsk. Our thoughts go to you and the other citizens of Gdańsk.

Saara Vauramo, City of Lahti

My deepest condolences and our support to family of Mayor Paweł Adamowicz and to whole City of Gdańsk.
We were terrified to hear about the incidence yesterday and even more sorry to hear the sad news of today.
Our thoughts are with You. We wish You all strenght during the hard times.

Katrin Stjernfeldt, Mayor of Malmö‏

So tragic. A much engaged colleague, the Mayor of #Gdansk, was stabbed to death yesterday. Many will remember and Mr Pawel Adamowicz, not the least for his engagement for democracy and a human migration policy.

Lars Fredrik Lund Godbolt, Hilde Beate Aarø, Ann Irene Saeternes
on behalf of Eastern Norway County Network and the BSSSC Chairmanship

We were shocked to hear about the assignation of the Mayor of Gdansk. We want to express our deepest condolences for your loss of a popular Mayor that was doing a great job for the city of Gdansk for over two decades. We are thinking of you in these difficult times.

Mia Marklund, City of Karlstad

We want to express our deepest condolences on the loss of your mayor Mr Adamowicz. I understand it must be such a chock for the organization and for the whole community. So very sad…

Väino Moor, Deputy Mayor of Maardu

I and my wife were saddened by the unexpected death of highly  respected mayor of Gdańsk Mr. Pawel Adamowicz.
We express our heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and to the citizens of Gdańsk.

Viktor Koshelev, Kaliningrad Region

With deep feelings of regret I learned about the death of Paweł Adamowicz, the unchanged mayor of the city of Gdansk over the past 20 years. This villainous murder shocked the citizens of Poland and the whole world community. Residents of the neighboring Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation are deeply saddened by his death. The population of the oldest Polish city of Gdansk six times rendered him confidence during the elections for the post of mayor of the administrative center of the Pomeranian province. Such political longevity with the support of the people shows
his high professional level, sensitive attitude to the needs of people, faithfully pursued policies in the life of the city for the benefit of its people and its many guests.
I express my sympathy to his family, relatives and all friends and comrades, colleagues in joint work.

Wojciech Szczurek, the Mayor of Gdynia, Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, Michał Guć, Bartosz Bartoszewicz, Marek Łucyk, Deputy Mayors of Gdynia, Joanna Zielińska, Chairwoman of the City Council of Gdynia

With unutterable pain and with the feeling of irretrievable loss, we say good bye to Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdańsk, a prominent Community Worker and Self-government Leader, a Man in love with his 1000-year-old city, a Husband and a Father, who orphaned the family.
Paweł Adamowicz, a lawyer, politician, social activist, one of the pioneers of self-government in free Poland, a co-founder of the history of his hometown. As a longtime host of Gdańsk, he completely devoted himself to the city of solidarity and freedom. Shocked with this tragic death, we convey the words of heartfelt compassion to his family, friends, co-workers, and residents.

Jacek Karnowski, Mayor of Sopot

We are shocked with the information about the death of the Mayor, Paweł Adamowicz. We join in pain with his close ones and all residents of Gdańsk. It is hard to believe the death of a friend. He spent his whole life fighting and working for freedom and democracy. For several years, to the very end, in a special way he called for mutual respect of people, fought for openness and tolerance... The great father, husband, son, Mayor of Gdańsk, passed away. The Mayor of the city, who completely changed its face thanks to the work of Paweł Adamowicz. Paweł, you will always be with us.

Sandra Bizzozero, Chairman of the Board of the city of Karlskrona

I want to express my condolences to Mayor's Adamowicz wife and children and to the inhabitants of Gdańsk who have lost a very esteemed Mayor.

Jan Kuriata, Chairman of the City Council, Piotr Jedliński, Mayor of Koszalin

With great pain and disbelief we accepted the news of the tragic death of Paweł Adamowicz, the long-time Mayor of Gdańsk. A man fighting for Polish freedom in the communism times, building later foundations of the self-government and devoting all his life to this idea. The man who we all respected and who did so much for Poland passed away. He was a role model for many local politicians. Today, in such tragic circumstances, we join in pain with the closest family, to whom we convey our heartfelt condolences. Please also accept the words of support for Gdańsk local community, for which the death of the Mayor is a traumatic experience. We assure you that we, the residents of Koszalin, are with you in these difficult days.

Witold Wróblewski, Mayor of Elbląg

With great sorrow and inexpressible regret I accepted the message of the tragic death of Mr Paweł Adamowicz, a local politician, the longtime Mayor of his beloved Gdańsk. When whole Poland celebrated with the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, Mayor Paweł Adamowicz, devoted to the idea of the Great Orchestra, was killed representing the city, the inhabitants, and supporting the needy. Dear residents of Gdańsk, in these difficult moments Elbląg is with you. We convey the words of symphaty and support to the family, close friends, all co-workers and the inhabitants of Gdańsk.

Marek Charzewski, Mayor of Malbork

With great regret and sadness I accepted a message about the death of Paweł Adamowicz. The man connected with the Gdańsk local government for 20 years passed away. His death is a huge loss for Gdańsk and the whole Pomeranian Region. Sincerest condolences and the words of deep compassion to the family and close ones.

Krzysztof Krzemiński, Mayor of Reda, Kazimierz Okrój, Chairman of the City Council

With great sadness we received the message of the death of Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk. We are desolate with his family, friends and co-workers.

Jacek Graczyk, Mayor of Ustka, Jacek Maniszewski, Chairman of the City Council

With great sorrow we received the news of the death of Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk.
Paweł Adamowicz – a lawyer, a politician, a social activist. One of the front-runners of self-government in free Poland. He was a host of the capital of our voivodeship since 1998. He loved Gdańsk and will be remembered as a co-founder of the history of this city.
We convey the words of compassion to the family and close ones.

Arseniusz Finster, Mayor of Chojnice

I convey my sincere condolences to the Mayor’s family and  Gdańsk residents. We all in Chojnice are deeply moved and grieved by the fact that brutal violence broke the flow of good and honesty that were gifted to anyone by the Mayor Adamowicz.