Volume 11/2019/1

Andrzej Ładyżyński
Family as a Place of Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s Upbringing. One of the Creators of Polish Independence

I. J. Paderewski was one of many people, to whom we owe the Polish independence of 1918. He belongs to the group of the most illustrious representatives of his generation. Experiences of home and family of each of those eminent figures were different including their descent, character of their homes, individual experiences in distinct social strata as well as various family constellations. It is an exceptional class of people coming from the generation raised in homes of national independence traditions and insurrection representing the whole spectrum of opinions and political views. Despite significant differences they were connected by insatiable desire to regain full independence and national sovereignty. Owing to their dedication to their homeland, their fortitude, talents and enormous determination, they had achieved what was just an unfulfilled dream to their predecessors.

Keywords: family; Paderewski; biography; early experiences; restoration of Poland’s independence

doi: https://doi.org/10.5817/cphpj-2019-008

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