• July 7, 2023
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The Władysław Syrokomila Museum in Borejkowszczyzna takes care of the memory and promotes the works of contemporary Polish authors with great care

The museum performs its functions responsibly by preserving the creative legacy of deceased authors and presenting their works during literary meetings. Additionally, Borejkowszczyzna is a common place for presentations of the latest book releases by young and aspiring authors written in the Polish language.

The museum will soon host a presentation of the creative output of the late poet and writer Waldemar Hajdamowicz. Specifically, the presentation will include a selection of his most notable poems and prose pieces. The presentation will take place as part of the recurring Literary Cafés. They have taken place in Borejkowszczyzna for several years.

Waldemar Hajdamowicz is a poet and writer born on July 12, 1949, in the Vilnius region, in a village near Sužionys, specifically in Daukšiai. He began learning how to read and write at Tarakańce Primary School. He later graduated from Niemenčinė High School and further pursued his education at Technical School No. 2 in Vilnius.

After completing his vocational training, he began his career as a locksmith in the Vilnius Factory of Polymer Products. Later he worked at mechanical plants in Skirlany.

Even though his profession was far from literature, he started writing poems in his youth. In that times, mostly his lyrical poems added charm to various social meetings in which he participated.

In 1976 his poems started appearing on the pages of ‘Czerwony Sztandar’ (Red Banner). It was the only Polish daily newspaper in Lithuania at that time.

In 2013 several poems by Waldemar Hajdamowicz were included in a trilingual – Lithuanian-Belarusian-Polish anthology titled ‘Susitikimai-Sustreczy- Spotkania’ (Susitikimai-Sustreczy- Meetings). The Władysław Syrokomla Museum in Borejkowszczyzna published the anthology, putting forth their best efforts.

As a naturally humble and tender author of wonderful poems and interesting stories, he spent most of his life in Skirlany in the Vilnius region. There, on April 23, 2015, he passed away. The late Waldemar Hajdamowicz was laid to rest in the Sužany Cemetery in the Vilnius region.

Several years after his death, in 2022, the creative works of this extraordinary author appeared as a collection of poems and stories titled ‘Serca nie oddaj śniegom’ (Do Not Give Your Heart to Snow). The title of the book comes from the author’s poem ‘Zima’ (Winter).

The publisher of this book is the Władysław Syrokomla Museum in Borejkowszczyzna. The publication of the book, primarily made possible by Dr. Józef Szostakowski, a humanities scholar, literary historian, poet, and writer, who is the custodian of the Władysław Syrokomla Museum at this time, presents many interesting literary initiatives.

Teresa Markiewicz

Translated by Agnieszka Julia Olchowik within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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