Academic journal article Joseph Conrad Today

Remembering Conrad's Parents and Polish Independence

Academic journal article Joseph Conrad Today

Remembering Conrad's Parents and Polish Independence

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From Anne Keithline:

November 11th was the 100th anniversary of Polish independence (establishment of national borders after the Partitions.) Over 200,000 people demonstrated in Warsaw. Down here in southern Poland, it seemed like a good time to visit the grave of Apollo Korzeniowski, who devoted, and ultimately gave, his life to resisting the Partitions. He is buried in Kraków's Rakowicki cemetery. On arrival it was nice to see that several other people had visited and left candles recently, probably on All Saint's Day, which was about a week and a half before. Someone had been there within the past 24 hours, too, because one of the candles was still burning.

We cleaned up fallen leaves and other debris as best we could. Then we relit the candles that had gone out, adding some candles and flowers of our own. It was a good moment to remember that Conrad's early life intersected with an important and fraught moment in Polish history. …

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