Poetry and Speeches
The following is a collection of speeches, poems, and other literary findings from persons of historical signficance connected to Chopin, Poland, Hitler's Occupation of 1939-1945, and other related topics. Please check back from time to time for more additions.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Renowned International Concert Pianist, Diplomat and Prime Minister of Poland
"the oppression grew harsh. They denied us our language in schools, and in courts of law. They denied us our culture, our traditions, our history, our pride. The only thing they couldn't deny us was the music of Chopin. And yet, it was precisely there you can find everything that they denied! You can find echoes of past glories, traditions, songs and dances, prayers, pride, soul. That was Chopin's gift to the nation."