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Ignacy Paderewski Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Jan Ignacy Paderewski, (born in 1860 – died in 1941)
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since 9 January 1919.

He was known around the world primarily as a great virtuoso and pianist. Paderewski combined the music with great involvement in the affairs of his homeland. His contribution in Poland’s regaining its independence is significant. He promoted in the world the idea of creating an independent Polish state, using his familiarity with the leading politicians in the world, including the President of the United States. During his numerous concerts in the United States he secured the audience support for the idea of the rebirth of Poland. Immediately after regaining independence by Poland in 1918, he returned to his homeland on January 1st 1919. When he arrived in Warsaw, he was enthusiastically greeted by crowds of residents of Warsaw.
Soon, on January 16, he was appointed the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland. As a Polish representative he signed the Versailles peace treaty. He represented Poland in the League of Nations. By 1920 he was the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary. Moreover, during World War II he was actively involved in Polish politics in the West and in the activities for his homeland.