Just before the holiday, one of Warsaw's primary schools was named after professor Władysław Bartoszewski. During the ceremony, which was attended by, among others, the ambassador of Israel Anne Azari and the professor's son Władysław T. Bartoszewski, a lot of beautiful, nice and moving words were said about the patron. The invited guests told the children some titbits about the professor; for example, that he liked geography but didn't like mathematics, and that from the age of twelve he knew he wanted to be a geographer or reporter.
Encouraged by the stories about Władysław Bartoszewski, I decided to reach for an inconspicuous little book called "Pędzę jak dziki tapir. Bartoszewski w 93 odsłonach" ("I run like a wild tapir. 93 approaches to Bartoszewski") by Marek Zając. I discovered that it is the kind of book I have read many times. It is excellent, especially when the wider world weighs me down with problems. It lets you crack a smile and look at things from a distance, because, as the professor said: "We do what we can, and what we can't do we will do as well!"
In 93 short stories we get to know professor Bartoszewski from a different viewpoint. The Internet, TV and public speeches show us only his positive but official side. However, he was both usual and unusual, with superior intelligence, inspirational, and full of positive energy. We can recount his memoirs at length, which sometimes seem like they could have come from a breath-taking movie: About Auschwitz, AK (Polish Home Army), support of Jews during the occupation, his work, politics and social activity. Thanks to this book we won't forget that he was a friend to all honourable people, who used to come to him to charge their internal batteries with positive energy, and that he could joke like nobody else and was the master of the witty comeback.