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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Norman Davies gets Polish citizenship

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British historian and Poland specialist Norman Davies received Polish citizenship from President Bronislaw Komorowski in a Friday ceremony in Warsaw's Belvedere Palace.

 

Stressing that Professor Davies was a remarkable Pole President Bronislaw Komorowski said he was very happy to grant him the citizenship on the 25th anniversary of Poland regaining freedom.


"For me this is a special occasion, a unique moment when I can grant Polish citizenship to a person who served Poland well and who is a good signal both for Poland and the external world," President Komorowski said.


The president stressed that it was a great task to tell the world the Polish history and tell Poles "how the world perceived us". "And this task is to a considerable extent being carried out by Professor Davies," President Komorowski went on.


Norman Davies thanked the Polish president and stressed one could be at the same time a Pole and a European as well as a Pole and a Briton.


"From now on I will have dual citizenship. This is a very important thing as such situation is absolutely normal. (...) Each person has or can have a multi-layer identity. (...) And one can be at the same time a patriotic Pole and a dedicated European, and in normal times a faithful Pole and a faithful Briton," Davies said.


Born in 1939 in Bolton, England, Davies studied history at universities in Oxford, Grenoble, Perugia and Sussex, and is best-known for his books on Polish history, notably "Red Star: the Polish-Soviet War, 1919-20", "God's Playground", "Heart of Europe", "Rising '44", the Battle for Warsaw" or "Microcosm: A Portrait of a Central European City". A long-year staffer at London University's School of Slavonic and East European Studies, he has also lectured at other leading universities including Cambridge, Columbia, McGill, Hokkaido, Stanford and Harvard.


Norman Davies received his Ph.D. from Poland's Jagiellonian University, his doctoral thesis dealt with Poland 1919-1920 war with Soviet Russia.


In 2012 President Komorowski awarded Davies with Poland's highest distinction, the White Eagle Order, for his role in researching and popularising Polish history. (PAP)
 

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