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Ligia Henczel-Wróblewska


Cultural heritage of any nation will aff ect both the supporting national identity, as well as creates collective memory, is shaping it, enriches and makes the material expression. A good example of activity in the fi eld of the protection of the Polish heritage, based on the social, organizational and institutional cooperation is a Polish enclave in Piedmont. Th ere, many of the events recorded in the pages of the history of the two Nations were played. At present, for many Poles in Piedmont in exile a bond with the country of origin is a crucial element of their life. It is expressed in promoting the activities of Polish heritage. It has two main strands. Th e fi rst is to support Polish customs and traditions associated with the celebration of Polish holidays formula - Christmas and Easter. Th ere are parties for children and youth with Polish-Italian and Italian, organized by members of the Italian-Polish organizations Comunità Polacca di Torino.This is associated with the care of the maintenance of the Polish language among children and young people from mixed families. Th e second stream of dissemination of Polish heritage in Piedmont is a project of national historical dimension. Honoring the memory of the events of Polish history offi cially became possible from the period of political transformation in Poland and the socio-political changes in the international arena. Th anks to the cooperation with the city and the region and the Polish diplomatic posts in Italy it is possible to organize a number of important events.


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Ligia Henczel-Wróblewska, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

Researcher at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Her research interests are related to the issue of migration of Poles to Italy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular emphasis on historical-cultural, scientifi c, social and political. She collaborates with the University of Turin (bilingual lectures) and Italian institutions, both for scientifi cpurposes and for supporting and promoting the memory of Polish heritage in Italy, including the Polish Academy of Sciences. Library and Study Centre in Rome (Accademia Polacca delle Scienze. Biblioteca e Centro di Studi a Roma), Tre University (Università Tre), Pontifi cal Institute of Ecclesiastical Studies (Pontifi cio Istituto degli Studi Ecclesiastici), Foundation Roman Marchesa Umiastowska (Fondazione Romana Marchesa Umiastowska), Association of Poles in Italy (Associazione dei Polacchi in Italia).

Author of books: Th e history of the Poles in Italy (2006), Poles in the culture of Piedmont in the nineteenth century and the fi rst decades of the twentieth century (in two languages - Polish, English, 2014) and other publications related to the Polish presence and heritage in Italy. Also a President of the Association of Polonia-Italia in Poznan.


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