THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE
The language of Esperanto was created in the late nineteenth century by Pole, Ludvik Zamenhof. Zamenhof believed that a shared international language would promote better understanding and cooperation between nations. Esperanto grew significantly in popularity across Europe after the First World War, despite being repressed by fascist and Communist regimes.
Ludwik Zamenhof Białystok Esperantists Society
Promoting Esperanto in Poland and beyond
Bialystok Esperantists Society was established in 1922 in Bialystok, Poland. Ludwik Zamenhof was the Society’s patron. The founder and chair of the Society was Jakub Szapiro. Jakub promoted Esperanto throughout his life, including teaching, writing and publishing in the language, as well as hosting international meetings and events. For Jakub, Esperanto was a form of peace-building.
‘The Language of the Look’ by Rita Farré, Nolwenn Souron & Maria Rosa Esposito, European Solidarity Corps volunteers, LFTP Poland
Rita from Catalonia in Spain, Nolwenn from France and Maria Rosa from Italy were introduced to Learning from the Past by Polish LFTP partner, STRIM Youth Development and Integration Association. The youth volunteers were inspired by the story of the Białystok Esperantists Society to create a photographic piece about ‘the language of the look’. Here is their powerful explanation of their artwork in their own words: