Monday, March 26, 2007

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Declaration on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the signature of the Treaties of Rome

"For centuries Europe has been an idea, holding out hope of peace and understanding. That hope has been fulfilled. European unification has made peace and prosperity possible. It has brought about a sense of community and overcome differences. Each Member State has helped to unite Europe and to strengthen democracy and the rule of law. Thanks to the yearning for freedom of the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe the unnatural division of Europe is now consigned to the past. European integration shows that we have learnt the painful lessons of a history marked by bloody conflict. Today we live together as was never possible before.

We, the citizens of the European Union, have united for the better...."

Detail from the facade of Lviv State University, Lviv, Ukraine, Greater Europe.

[Click on image for EU enlargement.]

The building of L'viv State University was erected in the middle of the last century as the Seim (Parliament) of Galicia and Lodomeria.

Lemberg (the Austrian name for Lviv) was the capital of that province.

The full official name of the new Austrian province was: Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria with the Duchies of Auschwitz and Zator.

After the incorporation of the Free City of Kraków in 1846, it was extended to: Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, and the Grand Duchy of Krakau with the Duchies of Auschwitz and Zator.

The standing statue on the top symbolizes Austria, and the two sitting statues at either side symbolize the two main rivers of old Galicia - Dnister and Visla."




Herbert, Zbigniew Britannica Book of the Year 1999
Polish poet, essayist, and playwright (b. Oct. 29, 1924, Lwow, Pol. [now Lviv, Ukraine]--d. July 28, 1998, Warsaw, Pol.), revealed his lifelong opposition to communism in dissident poetry...

Bruno Schulz (July 12, 1892 – November 19, 1942) was a Polish language novelist and painter, widely considered to be one of the greatest Polish prose stylists of the 20th century. Schulz was born in Drohobycz, at the time when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in the province of Galicia (now Drohobych is in Ukraine) to Jewish parents. At a very early age, he developed an interest in painting, and eventually studied architecture at Lwów University ...

Lem, Stanislaw
Polish author of science fiction that veers between humanism and despair about human limitations. His books have been translated into more than 35 languages.

Zagajewski, Adam Britannica Book of the Year 2005
In 2004 Polish poet, fiction writer, and essayist Adam Zagajewski—already the recipient of several notable literary honours, including the Swedish PEN's Kurt Tucholsky Prize, the Tomas Tranströmer ...

Photo credit: (c) 'Victor' at All About Lviv. With thanks.


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