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dgawell



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Post Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:16 am      Post subject: Are today's Poles aware of this?
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I came across this wonderful gift from Poland to the USA on the 150th anniversary of our revolution: "A Polish Declaration of Admiration and Friendship for the United States of America" written in 1926. It is a massive collection of bound books with thousands of pages of signatures and art work. I am attempting to get permission to make a book of the "best pages" (my opinion) with the intention of giving it to relatives when I visit. Their little village had two pages of signatures. What a lovely surprise to see some of my deceased relatives' signatures.

My question: are Polish people very aware that this gift from their nation?
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Sophia



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Post Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:21 am      Post subject:
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Elzbieta Porteneuve shared this with us several months ago. Isn't it amazing?
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dgawell



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Post Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:14 pm      Post subject:
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Do you think the average Pole is aware of this document/gift? I'm going to guess no.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:52 am      Post subject: Re: Are today's Poles aware of this?
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dgawell wrote:
What a lovely surprise to see some of my deceased relatives' signatures.
Nice!Smile what a find!

And replying to Your question, hardly somebody knows this fact. Interwar Period was time of free independend Poland and i believe that time was not being shown as it should be during 50 years of communism after the WWII.
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dgawell



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Post Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:27 am      Post subject:
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Thank you. I didn't want the Polish relatives to be like "Oh, yeah, we all have seen/heard about this." The vast majority of Americans have no clue and even Polish Americans are not very aware.
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aleksanderz
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:15 am      Post subject:
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Personally, I was aware of this, but this is more of a curiosity than a well-known fact, probably only history fans have heard about this. I also do not remember learning about this in school.

This also happened few years after Woodrow Wilson's presidency has ended and he was (and still is) of great admiration in Poland because of the 13th point from his famous "Fourteen Points" declaration, which was as following:

"XIII. An independent Polish state should be erected which should include the territories inhabited by indisputably Polish populations, which should be assured a free and secure access to the sea, and whose political and economic independence and territorial integrity should be guaranteed by international covenant."
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:27 am      Post subject:
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You know American history better than I! Thank you for your response. I have the book almost finished and it looks beautiful!
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:40 am      Post subject:
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Apparently, there is also a short Polish documentary (with English subtitles) about this Declaration Smile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu2rjXFK7Do
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