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New Polish President Revives Vision Cut Short by Plane Crash

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Friends of Polish President-Elect Andrzej Duda thought he was on the plane that killed his mentor Lech Kaczynski five years ago. He wasn’t, but days before the crash, the late president told Duda something that changed his life.

“The president stared out the window and said that he wasn’t getting any younger, and his generation would soon pass,” Duda, 43, said during a speech in February. “He looked up and said ‘but you are the future of Polish politics, and the responsibility rests with you to carry on.’”