• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland


  • NEWS 2013-2014

  • 6 October 2014

    “Here and everywhere is my homeland” said Czesław Miłosz in his poem “Mittelbergheim”. In memory of his stay in this Alsace’s city, on 3 October 2014 the representatives of Poland, Lithuania and the village of Mittelbergheim unveiled a commemorative plaque in honour of the Polish poet.

    Czesław Miłosz stayed in Mittelbergheim in September 1951. Charmed by the beauty of the village, Miłosz wrote a poem named after it. The poem is both a confession of an emigrant, as well as manifesto of a modern European citizen.


    The commemorative plaque was presented by Polish Ambassador to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Mrs Urszula Gacek, together with the mayor of Mittelbergheim, Mr Alfred Hiliger and Lithuanian Ambassador, Mr Vytautas Leškevičius. Numerous representatives of local authorities, diplomats from Strasbourg, Council of Europe and  local Polish diaspora took part in the unveiling ceremony as well.  



    – I hope that this plaque will not only serve as a mere memory of Miłosz’s stay in Mittelbergheim, but it will also remind us of how rich and multicultural our European tradition is. Tradition of which Miłosz, a Pole born in Lithuania, is a great example – said Ambassador Urszula Gacek.  


    After the ceremony, upon the invitation of the mayor of Mittelbergheim, the guests have the opportunity to taste some of the local wines.


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