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The ceremony of handing over of the lost diary to the Wroclaw University Library

On December 12, 2018, in the seat of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, took place the ceremony of handing over the Wroclaw University Library the 17th century Melchior Lucas' diary, lost during World War II and now recovered thanks to the Ministry's restitution activities, which were supported by the PZU Foundation.
The handing over of the diary, in the presence of employees of the Department of Cultural Heritage Abroad and Wartime Losses, was made by Deputy Culture Minister prof. Magdalena Gawin, the General Monuments Conservator, who emphasized that "the handwritten manuscript is an example of European culture at its best and a wonderful work".
The ceremony was held with the participation of vice-rector for student affairs at the University of Wrocław - prof. Rafał Wojciechowski and the director of Wroclaw University Library - Grażyna Piotrowicz.
Prof. Rafał Wojciechowski stressed that the reclaiming of the album is "cultural event, both for Wroclaw and its historical continuity, as well as for the University Library".
Director Grażyna Piotrowicz drew attention to the cultural and historical value of this type of objects, adding that the album-diaries, "containing entries of people from their owners’ circle often have very valuable autographs of important historical figures, represent the social cross-section and mentality of the society at that time and thus constitute a document of the epoch or period, and of course of the life of the owner of such an album".