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Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) was one of the greatest people in the history of Poland. His multifarious activities as a composer, a pianist, a politician, a prominent statesman and, last but not least, a generous philantropist, distinguished him from the group of the greatest individuals of the world of culture and politics of the first half of the twentieth century, both in Poland and world-wide.

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Władysław Bartoszewski, Warsaw, 2011, photo by Ryszard Waniek /Fotorzepa/Forum

Journalist, historian, writer, politician. Born on 19th February, 1922 in Warsaw. Died on 24th April, 2015.

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Jerzy Giedroyc, Maison-Laffitte, 1987, photo by Bohdan Paczowski

Politician and journalist, founder and editor of the Paris-based journal "Kultura" which became an island of non-conformism in a world divided by the Cold War.

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Michał Kleofas Ogiński, engraving by François Granje, image source: Wikimedia Commons

Politician, violinist, composer and writer; Ogiński did not intend to become a professional musician. He was just twenty-one when he got involved in politics as a deputy to the Polish parliament.

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Ignacy Jan Paderewski, photo: Danuta B. Łomaczewska / East News

Pianist, composer, activist, polyglot, orator, politician, statesman, humanitarian, businessman, patron of art and architecture, wine-grower, film actor, icon: Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) led a remarkable life.

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