Michael Jackson’s love for Poland was boundless. He even wanted “to buy a castle in the beautiful country” and build a theme park with the help of the Mayor of Warsaw with whom he signed a letter of intent to prepare for the park’s construction.
“I’d like to say thank you, Mr. Mayor and everyone around the table for – and my great friend, Jacques, who, pretty much, make a dream come true. And I have something to say: I’ve been around the world six times since I was a baby, and no other country has touched me like Poland has.To the people of Poland..hmm.. I wish progress, development, prosperity, to become one of the greatest nations of Europe. Happiness, love and peace for all the children of Poland. My heart is with you. Forever.”
On May 28, 1997, the President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, handed a plaque over to Michael on behalf of the city of Warsaw: “I’m not a person of many words. But I am deeply touched and honored to receive this. And, for me, Poland is such a lovely, lovely, lovely place… To me, you are people of courage, honor, bravery, resilience, and, most of all, class. And I just want to say, I’d actually like to live here. [smiles] I’d like to organize “Children’s Day” here… It’s a holiday time not only for children, but also their parents.”
Michael was always that way; if he would get a call from somebody, and a child was dying, he would get on a plane and go, and he would tell them, “I’m going to be back in two weeks to see you.” And a lot of times he extended little kid’s lives that way.
It gave them something to look forward to down the line. — David Nordahl
Michael Jackson - Human Nature
Photography by Jacob Holdt
Images of the very first meeting of which became This Is It, The 12 hours meeting also included talks about the visual affects and possible dancers in mind.