R. Zawilinski belongs to that generation of Polish intelligentsia which towards the end of the 19th century set out to perform a research into dialects and folk culture in the Goral area in the regions of Kysuce, Orava and Spis. During the ethnographic research in the region of Orava Zawilinski met with the most important Slovak poet P.O.Hviezdoslav. Their friendship which lasted for several years was interrupted by the political events of the 1918-20 period when Poland raised their territorial claims for these regions, including the poet's native Orava. In his poem '28. jula 1920' Hviezdoslav raised his voice against this act calling it a treachery. Were these words addressed also to his friend?
J. Dudasova-Krissakova, Filozofická fakulta Presovskej univerzity, Ul. 17. novembra 1, 080 78 Presov, Slovak Republic
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