On the 4th of September the Public Library of the community of Tymbark was named after captain Tadeusz Paolone within the confines of the celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of WWII. During the ceremony, organized by local authorities and patriotic organizations of the community of Tymbark as well as Kraków’s department of the Institute of National Remembrance, Zofia Posmysz took part – writer and Auschwitz Survivor accompanied by the director of the IYMC Leszek Szuster, Masza Potocka, head of the Museum of Contemporary Art MOCAK in Kraków and Falk Altenberger from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
For Zofia Posmysz the ceremony had a special meaning: keeping the remembrance of Tadeusz Paolone alive – the main character of her story “The Christ from Auschwitz” is the mission of her life. In Tymbark she said: “This is the crowning achievement of my life. I guess I survived to spread the memory of that man and keep it alive. If it is happening like here – with such engagement and interest – I treat it as a great award for me – though I don’t know, if I deserve it”. On this occasion Zofia Posmysz donated the library a copy of the medallion with the image of the “Christ from Auschwitz”, which she was given by Tadeusz Paolone in Auschwitz, shortly before his execution – he was sentenced to death for the participation in the camp resistance.
Within the complex program of the ceremony, there was also a presentation of the book “Schreiberin from Auschiwtz” about Zofia Posmysz, written by Masza Potocka and published by MOCAK in cooperation of the IYMC Foundation.
For the IYMC and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the common visit in the homeland of Tadeusz Paolone together with Zofia Posmysz and taking part in the ceremonies honoring him, was a crowning of the cooperation within the project “Argument-Biography. Human Values in an Unhuman World”, based on Zofia Posmysz’s story “The Christ from Auschwitz”.
Photos: Tadeusz Rybka / OSW Tymbark