Szwajcarskie stypendium lwowskiej dziennikarki

Karolina Grodziska-Ożóg

Abstrakt

The text includes a passage from a diary of a Lviv journalist, Michalina Grekowicz-Hausner (1891– 1967), daughter of Józef Grekowicz, a well known commander in the January Uprising. She graduated from the Teachers College in Lviv, she did not acquire university education. She started her journalist work in 1917; she published articles in a few Lviv newspapers, she was also a speaker in the Lviv City Council, where she worked in the City Committee of Winter Help to the Unemployed. During the war she managed to avoid the fate of tens of thousands Poles and she was not exiled to Siberia or Kazakhstan. In 1946, together with her husband, she made a painful decision to expatriate from Lviv. They first moved to Szczecin, then to Cracow. She continued publishing in Szczecin’s and Cracow’s newspapers and at the same time worked in the Municipal Public Library in Cracow and wrote two (unpublished so far) books: a biography of Józef Grekowicz “Trough the daughter’s eyes” and her own diary “A Me- mory”. Their typewritten copies were bought in 1973 and 1976 for our Library. The passage from the “Memories” presented here refers to a life journey made by Michalina Grekowicz- Hausner in the summer of 1927. She used the scholarship that she was granted by the Ministry of Culture and Art to pay for her trip to Switzerland. The outcome of the travel which included Basel, Geneva, Chamonix, Vevey, Montreux, Chillon, Lucerne, Bern, Zurich and Rapperswil is the text pre- sently discussed. Apart from obvious praises of the country and its beauty, the author, of her professional interest, focuses on charity institutions, care centres, sanatoria and orphanages. The trip also resulted in numerous press reports in the Lviv and Warsaw newspapers.