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Lwów Eaglets book review (PL)

Lwów is always faithful…

Lwów, the mainstay of Polishness in the east, remains to this day in the hearts of Poles. The city, with which hundreds of Polish artists, scientists and prominent politicians were associated, has always remained faithful to Poland. Even in the most difficult moments, such as the Battle of Lwów in 1918-1919. Lwów Eaglets, written by Professor Wojciech Roszkowski, is an extraordinary album release, with a beautifully conducted historical narrative and a delicate note of nostalgia, which, however, does not obscure the great respect for the Lwów Eaglets. This beautiful name is used to describe the generations of Polish youth and children who, brought up in respect and love for their city and free homeland, joined the bloody fight for Polish Lwów in the autumn of 1918. Reading the book, one should return to Professor Roszkowski, the objectivity he maintained and the enormous empathy for the young heroes from more than 100 years ago. Reading the book, the reader will often be amazed at the attitude of boys and girls for whom free Poland and their lovely city of Lviv meant more than their young lives. From today’s perspective, where the words sacrifice, perseverance or bravery are not given enough space for such words, the attitude of these young people makes them reflect on a lot. While reading the book, maybe I did not focus so much on the historical message itself. I was more interested in the direct experiences of the main characters in the fight for Lviv, whose memories are broadly presented in this work. In addition to describing the history of the Polish-Ukrainian war, Professor Roszkowski also presents the history of the Lviv eagles over the last 100 years. The memory destroyed, humiliated, brutally killed, but never taken from the hearts of Poles and Polish women scattered all over the world. An album such as Lwów Eaglets reminds us, quoting Professor Roszkowski, that the fate of a nation is not only what is here and now, what each of us sees before us. The fate of the Nation is a memory that needs to be nurtured and fought for …

I received the book courtesy of Biały Kruk publishing house, for which I would like to thank you very much. 10 zlotys from each sold copy of the book will be used for the construction of the Monument to the Eaglets of Lviv in Krakow.

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