Poland erects statue to its pianist prime minister

In the run-up to Sunday’s general election, President Bronisław Komorowski unveiled a monument to Ignacy Jan Paderewski in the city of Poznań. The city has a conservatoire named for the great pianist, who represented Poland as both prime minister and foreign minister at the 1919 Paris peace conference.

Paderewki died in New York exile in 1941. His body was repatriated in 1992.

‘Paderewski used to say that Poland is his only party. He kept stressing that Poland is our common cause and that it should be respected, irrespective of one’s political sympathies and party affiliation,’ said president Komorowski.

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