Photographer's Note

Pole and Hungarian cousins be,
good for fight and good for party.
Both are valiant, both are lively,
Upon them may God's blessings be.

In its several variants in the Polish and Hungarian languages, this old proverb speaks to the special relations that have long existed between Poland and Hungary — relations that are thought to be unique in the history of any two European peoples.

A full Polish text of the proverb is:
Polak, Węgier — dwa bratanki,
i do szabli, i do szklanki,
oba zuchy, oba żwawi,
niech im Pan Bóg błogosławi.

(rough translation above)

A full Hungarian text of the proverb is:
Lengyel, magyar — két jó barát,
együtt harcol s issza borát.

which may be rendered:
Pole and Hungarian — two good friends,
joint fight and drinking are their ends.

This photograph presents Mausoleum of General Józef Bem in my home town Tarnów.

Józef Bem (1794, Tarnów – 1850, Aleppo) was a Polish general, an Ottoman Pasha and a national hero of Poland and Hungary. Bem, similarly to other Polish generals, fought outside Poland's borders for the future of Poland; anywhere his leadership and military skills were needed.

Except for the mausoleum shown in this photo, which is situated in the most beautiful town park in Tarnow, there is also a monument of General Bem, a street named with his name, a monument of his fellow friend, Hungarian poet Sándor Petőfi, who has also his street. Recently in the 170 anniversary of one of the battles fought by gen. Bem (26.05.2001) Tarnow received a gift from Hungarian friends: Seklerska Gate.

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