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Bronisław JAKUBIEC SDS – The Memory of Very Nice Encounters: An Essay on Prince Adam Tadeusz Czartoryski, and Some of His Letters

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The paper comprises the author’s reminiscences of his meetings with Prince Adam Tadeusz Czartoryski (1909-2006), a grandson of Adam Konstanty Czartoryski and Elżbieta née Działyńska, and a son of Tomasz Bogusław Czartoryski and Zofia Klementyna née Lubomirska.

The author met Adam Tadeusz Czartoryski while studying for the priesthood in the Major Salvatorian Seminary in Bagno, where Czartoryski was Professor of Latin and Greek, and his teacher from 1976 to 1979. It was then that their acquaintance began and turned into a long-lasting friendship.

The present reminiscences open with an unpublished so far short story entitled „A Livery Button,” written by the author in 1981, after a visit to Czartoryski’s house. The short story not only renders the unique atmosphere of the conversation which had just taken place, but also describes the situation of many Poles harmed by the unjust political reality of the after-war period.

The second part of the reminiscences comprises eleven letters the author received from Adam Tadeusz Czartoryski from 1987 to 1995 which have survived in his personal archives. The letters portray some aspects of the life in Poland during the period when the communist system was in decline, and new prospects for the country were beginning to emerge. However, apart from outlining the situation, Adam Tadeusz Czartoryski’s letters show his immense knowledge, his broad interests and his unique personal culture.

The inspiration for the present paper was the dedication Prince Adam Tadeusz Czartoryski wrote on the lithography which he presented to the author and in which he asked for “memory of very nice encounters.”

Translated by Dorota Chabrajska

Keywords: Adam Tadeusz Czartoryski, Polish aristoracy, after-war history of the Polish aristoracy, the history of the Kórnik castle, social problems in the Poland of the 1980’s and the 1990’s

Contact: John Paul II Institute, Faculty of Philosophy, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin,
Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland

E-mail: ethos@kul.lublin.pl

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. e-ISSN 2720-5355
  3. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 100.00
  4. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  5. DOI Prefix 10.12887