Exhibition: From Poland with Love
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An open-air exhibition documenting the Polish people’s gratitude to the United States for its role in helping Poland restore an independent state has opened in Warsaw.
Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
The exhibition, entitled From Poland with Love, 1915-1926: the Forgotten History of Gratitude, features four large installations and a digital presentation of the “Declaration of Admiration and Friendship for the United States,” the Polish people’s gift to the United States on the 150th anniversary of its independence.
The declaration contained signatures by 5.5 million Poles, from school students to top-ranking politicians such as Józef Piłsudski and Ignacy Mościcki.
The collected signatures, bound in 109 volumes, were presented to the White House on October 15, 1929. They are now in the US Library of Congress.
The "Declaration of Admiration and Friendship for the United States" is one of the focal points of the Warsaw exhibition, which allows visitors to search for signatures of their ancestors.
The exhibition also focuses on America’s diplomatic assistance to Poland from 1915 to 1919 and its economic aid to the country from 1919 to 1922, directly after Poland regained independence in 1918.
Much attention is devoted to the diplomatic efforts of statesman and pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski thanks to which the United States recognised the establishment of an independent Polish state as a condition for restoring peace and post-World War I order in Europe. US President Woodrow Wilson's famous 14 points, which suggested a framework for postwar peace, included a point (No. 13) calling for an independent Poland.
The exhibition, on display close to Warsaw’s Old Town district, remains open until November 15. (mk/gs)