Communities, Education

100 well-known Poles with foreign roots.


Who is behind this?

Maria Sliwinska

Stowarzyszenie Międzynarodowe Centrum Zarządzania Informacją




Idea pitch

Recent changes in Poland with Constitution broken, democracy in danger, spreading nationalism & xenophobia, powerless opposition look danger. We want to remind all that Poland was a tolerant country for ages and friendly for foreigners. To be back to tolerance & openness a book of 100 famous Poles of foreign origins will be published & distributed broadly. Also 100 virtual exhibitions created with students help will be available online for international development & promoted on conferences

Where does your idea take place?

In a dozen of Polish cities, and the European Parliament in Brussels if accepted

Why does Europe need your idea?

EU was created to ensure peace, reconciliation, democracy & human rights in Europe. Any country joining the EU was obliged to meet the established criteria. Now when some of the accepted rules are broken we want to make clear that we the people feel Europeans and want to share responsibilities.

What is your impact?

Engagement of young people in creation virtual exhibitions devoted to well-known Poles with foreign roots from their area should remind the citizens that tolerance, acceptance of strangers is beneficial for the country. Students will share this idea at schools, their families, and through media.

How do you get there?

We identified over 100 famous Polish writers, poets, linguists, painters, actors, singers, sportsmen, scientists, businessmen and military leaders with all nation roots. We want to publish their short bios (book and innovative online exhibitions) to remind all of us that people were moving freely for ages, and stayed at the place they found friendly. Work will be done with students, and promoted on 12 big events and in media to show that acceptance of refugees is an opportunity not threat.

What is your story?

We want to visualize that writers (Lem, Miłosz, Herbert) artists (Matejko, Rubinstein, Mitoraj) businessmen (Wedel, Blikle) Polish language & culture documentarists (Pol, Linde, Orgelbrand) even leaders of uprisings (Emilia Plater, Traugutt, Anders) & many others with foreign roots were great Poles.

Who are you doing it for?

We do it for ourselves as feel ashamed with growing reluctance to refugees, nationalism and xenophobia visible on the 2017 Independence Day march. It must be stopped asap to avoid tragedy. We want to include young people, and send message to politicians, media, and the citizens.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Promotion of our idea, the names of Poles with roots from their countries we should include into our project, and cooperation in virtual exhibitions development.



Idea created on Jan. 13, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 17, 2018

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