Polish classics of historiography interpreted by contemporary actors

The literary works of acclaimed Polish historical figures Józef Piłsudski, Władysław Łoziński, Wacław Tokarz and Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński read by present-day renowned actors were included in the audiobook set presented online on Thursday by the Polish History Museum.

Pieces included in the collection, named "Classics of Polish historiography", read by Antoni Pawlicki, Magdalena Górska and Agnieszka Więdłocha, can be found on the museum’s website.

"As part of this project, we have covered five works so far, we selected them with regard to both interesting cognitive values about the history of Poland, but they are also beautiful linguistic texts themselves," said the head of the Polish History Museum Robert Kostro.

The recordings were prepared as part of the "Culture in the Network" programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, supervised by the National Centre for Culture.

"Naturally, I thought about reading history books. History was always part of my life, my parents are archaeologists, so I grew up in a house full of such works. For me, reading them was always on the same level as reading belles lettres”, said Antoni Pawlicki, actor and the initiator of the project.

Together with the actor, museologists selected five positions. These are: January 22, 1863 by Józef Piłsudski, With Law and Lion. Customs in Red Ruthenia by Władysław Łoziński, The Warsaw Insurrection (April 17 and 18, 1794) Wacław Tokarz (these three books were read by Antoni Pawlicki), Polish in the Old Ages (16th-18th Centuries) by Władysław Łoziński (read by Magdalena Górska) and Marysieńka Sobieska by Tadeusz Żeleński-Boy (interpreted by Agnieszka Więdłocha).

"The resources of Polish historiography are rich, and still little known. We hope that we will manage to surprise the audience with how fascinating the often and wrongly forgotten content sometimes lingering in the recesses of libraries is", said Wojciech Kalwat, who participated in the selection of the books.