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Sun, 18 Feb



Out of the Limelight - UK Film Premiere

Directed by Rafael Lewandowski. The extraordinary story of Zygmunt Lubicz-Zaleski – a poet, writer and a member of the Polish resistance.

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Out of the Limelight - UK Film Premiere
Out of the Limelight - UK Film Premiere

Time & Location

18 Feb 2024, 18:30 – 21:00

London, 238-246 King St, London W6 0RF, UK

About the Event

Directed by Rafael Lewandowski.

A must for everyone interested in European history, telling the story of one man's passionate involvement in bringing Polish culture back to life in the 20th Century after over 100 years of supression by the Russian, Prussian and Austro-Hungarian empires.

Full details of the film at this website

The film tells the story of Zygmunt Lubicz-Zaleski (1882–1967) – a poet, writer, translator, music, art and literary critic, doctor of philosophy, and author. Forced to emigrate due to political reasons, in 1914 he committed himself fully to teaching Polish in France. His lectures turned out to be the cornerstone of Polish language studies in France.

After the outbreak of the war, he became a member of the Polish resistance movement in France, a chairman of the Polish Red Cross, which helped refugees, and the president of the Welfare Society for the Poles in France. He set up the Polish lycee in Villard-de-Lans, near Grenoble in France, the only free Polish school in occupied Europe. Arrested on 19 March 1943 by the Italian fascists and handed over to the Nazis, after a period of brutal interrogation he was sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp.

When the war was over, he decided to stay in France with his family and organise assistance for Polish university students abroad. He was a very active publisher, lecturer, a general secretary of the Polish Society for History and Literature in Paris. He engaged in social, political, and scientific activity, promoting Polish culture and building good French– Polish relations. Zaleski helped Polish emigrants and scientists, and he was an ardent supporter of Polish affairs in France.

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