I have recently read a very interesting article about Ignacy Jan Paderewski – a great statesman and leader who devoted his life to public service. Poland, but only Poland, has a lot to be thankful to him – if it were not for him Poland would probably not exist. It is a very interesting read not only for Poles, but for anyone who wants to read about a person putting causes greater than himself before his life. The article was written by General Edward Rowny, to whom I am very grateful for a lot of things – among them interesting me about the life of Paderewski. Thank you! And here’s the article:
All Poles and persons of Polish origin owe a great debt to Ignacy Jan Paderewski as the father of modern Poland. Paderewski is well known as a great pianist and composer. He was also an eminent statesman. If Paderewski had not drafted the Thirteenth of President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points for the Versailles Treaty there would be no free Poland today. His high intellect, impeccable character and unflagging persistence are responsible for Poland’s rebirth after Poland had been erased from the map of Europe more than 120 years earlier. The story of how this all came about should be cherished not only by every Pole but every lover of freedom and democracy.