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A European Freedom Fighter
Ludwik Mieroslawski 1814-1878

17.03.2006 to 07.05.2006

Alte Nationalgalerie

Born in 1814 and son of a Polish father and a French mother, Ludwik Mieroslawski felt himself to be Polish all his life. During the 1840s, he was active as a leader of revolutionary uprisings across Europe. Not only within Poland is Mieroslawski the general, writer and publicist regarded as the driving force of a movement for freedom and independence, not least because he combined his commitment to a free Polish nation with an early form of internationalism. Ludwik Mieroslawski was also in contact with many outstanding personalities of his time, such as Bettina von Arnim, who campaigned for him during his internment in Berlin, and Alexander von Humboldt.

In a cabinet exhibition at the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Museum of European Cultures) illustrates the prominent biography of Ludwik Mieroslawski, Polish freedom fighter and prototypical European, who left his footprints in the history books of Poland, Germany, France and Italy. The subject is complemented by the exhibition currently on show at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen, "Polenbegeisterung. Deutsche und Polen nach dem Novemberaufstand 1830".