Bartoszewski. The Way by Iga Dzieciuchowicz, Witold Bereś and Krzysztof Burnetko
The book came as a result of interviews with Władysław Bartoszewski during the making of the film under the same title, directed by Artur Więcek ‘Baron’.
The book, with a rich picture section, comes with an extensive calendar of events from Bartoszewski life with related historic events important for Poland and globally.
Publisher: The National Culture Center (NCK), Warsaw and the World Makes Sense Foundation (Fundacja Świat Ma Sens), Kraków-Limanowa.
Price: PLN 49.00 (including VAT)
Władysław Bartoszewski (b. Feb 19, 1922, d. Apr 24, 2015), was a journalist (among others the Radio Free Europe and the Tygodnik Powszechny weekly), writer (authored several important books on Poland’s history), anti-communist activist (collaborated with the Polish Independence Alliance and the Association of Scientific Courses), was a politician in free Poland (senator, Polish ambassador and, twice, the minister of foreign affairs).
A prisoner of the concentration camp in Auschwitz, Bartoszewski was a member of the Polish Home Army and the Polish Underground State. He took part in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 and was involved in helping Jews for which he was awarded honorary citizenship of the State of Israel and the title Righteous Among the Nations. After the war, Bartoszewski spent many years in the Stalinist prison and was interned during the martial law in Poland.
He was known for his witty language and wise adages. One of the best known goes: “It’s worthwhile to be descent even though it may not pay off.”
This book is both a guide to Bartoszewski’s life on the backdrop of historical events and to his maxims. Just like that” “If there is the curse of the evil deed, there is the blessing of good deeds as well. Those good deeds are visible at the backdrop of what’s going on. Then, the man can appreciate those people who have not been broken, who were reliable; those people who were faithful, loyal, idealistic; those people who acted not to advance their careers in this evil world.”