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  • 11 April 2017

    On Saturday, in Vilnius Deputy Speaker of the Senate of Poland Maria Koc opened the exhibition ‘Following in Sinkiewicz’s footsteps’ which is devoted to the biography and works of the Nobel Prize laureate.

    Ms Koc, said she was delighted to see the exhibition attended by many young people from Vilnius. ‘These events are organized especially to help you learn the Polish language, Polish culture and great Polish patriots,’ she pointed out.

    The Polish Ambassador to Lithuania Jarosław Czubiński noted that Henryk Sienkiewicz was a ‘very Polish author, his works centered around Polish affairs, and even when he was outside Poland, he still returned to Poland – in his thoughts, in his works’.

    The opening of the exhibition was also attended by the mayor of Vilnius Region, Maria Rekść, who reminded guests that active self–government  of the Region of Vilnius took part in last year's Sienkiewicz’s anniversary celebrations during conferences, literary evenings, Lauda tours and film screenings.

    Vilnius Region also took part in the National Reading of Henryk Sienkiewicz's Quo Vadis, the National Reading day project announced by President of Poland Andrzej Duda.

    Waldemar Tomaszewski, chairman of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance, said he was delighted that the exhibition took place in borderlands (POL Kresy). Sienkiewicz devoted a lot of attention to the borderlands in his works.  The politician reflected that he belonged to a generation that learned patriotism from Henryk Sienkiewicz's works.

    The opening of the exhibition was also attended by Senator Czeslaw Ryszka, Prof. Mikolaj Sokolowski, director of the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, curator  of the exhibition Bogusław Niemirka and Prof. Maria Bokszczanin, author of a five-volume study dedicated to Henryk Sienkiewicz, who explored the relationship between the Nobel Prize winner and Vilnius and Vilnius Region.

    ‘Following in Sienkiewicz’s footsteps’ presents photographs of archival documents related to the writer and his family as well as the first editions of Sienkiewicz's literary works published in newspapers and in book editions from 1869 to 1916.

    The exhibition runs at the Polish Culture Center in Vilnius until 22 April, after which it will be transferred to the school in Trakai district named after Henryk Sienkiewicz.

    We are pleased to invite you to attend it!

    The exhibition was organized by the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the State Archives in Siedlce. Co-organizers of the exhibition in Vilnius are Deputy Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Maria Koc, the Self-Government of the Vilnius Region and the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius.

     

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