“There is no history of mankind, there are only many histories of all aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world.”
Karl Popper, The Open Society and its Enemies
CITY OF LIONS
- City of Lions is a personal journey through history, an attempt to record the blackened tips of a family tree, and present new perspectives from which to consider the creative and destructive forces of modern Europe.
- When I started to investigate some of the mysteries of my bloodline, my goal was to learn as much as possible about the survivors, the victims, and the perpetrators of a violent past, whose effects still help to shape the relations, identities, and expectations of the people, and peoples, of Europe.
- These stories began with my father, a Polish refugee who came to Ireland after World War II. He arrived with only a few photographs, and the fresh memories of the death of his family and his own exile. In 2005, I brought him home for the first time in sixty years, and began to untangle the gordian knot of a complex history.
- City of Lions is the city of Lwów, where my father was born. The city has changed hands, and names, many times in its history. It was founded, in the 13th Century, by the Ukrainian King Danylo and named after his son Lev. Lev means Lion. Lwów is the City of Lions.