UNESCO “Memory of the World Register”

Posted on 27. Jun, 2013 by in Countries, Culture, Organizations

The International Advisory Committee for UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme (Pamięć Światowego Programu) has approved 54 new items for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register, including two from Poland.

The register will now include peace treaties concluded between the Kingdom of Poland and the Ottoman Empire, from the mid-15th century to late 18th century, and collections at the Polish Library and the Adam Mickiewicz Museum in Paris. UNESCO writes on its website: “The peace treaties between the two states are an example of mutual tolerance and universal values in international relations (Traktaty pokojowe między obu państwami są przykładem wzajemnej tolerancji oraz uniwersalnych wartości w stosunkach międzynarodowych).”

The Polish Library, founded in Paris in the 1830s by political emigres, is an example of solidarity and collaboration among international intellectual elites and had a profound impact on the preservation of national identity of Poles and the restoration of independence of Poland after over 120 years of partitions. Created in 1997, the Memory of the World Register protects the world’s documentary heritage. There are now 245 items on the Register, including 12 from Poland, such as the autograph manuscripts of Copernicus’s ‘De Revolutionibus’ and of Chopin’s compositions, and the 21 demands of the striking shipyard workers in Gdansk in August 1980, which gave birth to Solidarity.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business at the University of Warsaw. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with her Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they was born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.

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