We are very grateful to Elzbieta Bruska, a highly respected Polish journalist and an enthusiastic ‘Elizabeth’ admirer, for sending us some recent photographs from Poland of various locations associated with ‘Elizabeth and her German Garden’ the site of which is now of course located in Rzedziny, Poland. It is wonderful to know that interest is now growing in Poland thanks to the inspiration of Elzbieta and her collaboration with Teresa Dera, the Mayor of the Community of Dobra.
The community now celebrates the life of ‘Elizabeth’ in an Annual Roses Festival, which takes place in the district of Buk in June each year. This group has also been responsible for the creation of two statues of ‘Elizabeth’ by the sculptor Bohdan Ronin-Walknowski. The states have been placed close to the original site of what was formerly the estate of Nassenheide. It is delightful that the spirit of ‘Elizabeth’ is thus being celebrated in such a charming way by our friends in Poland.
Elzbieta Bruska is also responsible for translating works by Elizabeth von Arnim into Polish and has recently published: ‘Elizabeth and her German Garden’ and ‘The Solitary Summer’. Her next project, ‘All the Dogs of my Life’, should be published later this year. She hopes also soon to complete an essay, telling of the life of ‘Elizabeth’ during the time she spent in Pomerania, near what is now Rzedziny. This, Elzbieta hopes, will help to popularize and stimulate the growing enthusiasm for the work of Elizabeth von Arnim in Poland.
The photographs below show: