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Historical Figures in Legends-the figure of Jan from Kolno

Dear Friends,

We would like to tell the story about Jan from Kolno. I hope you will enjoy it, compared with Columbus.

Jan z Kolna”

(‘Jan from Kolno’)

Long time ago, at a small village Kolno where lived young Jan. He loved sea since his birth. He has really enjoyed to visit harbour city Gdansk with his cousin.

When they went by Royal Road Jan saw Neptune Foutain. Then Neptune told
‘I know your dreams, run to a harbour and find ship ‘Last Hope’.’ Jan sailed for many years and he became a brave man who always accompanied a good friend – Good Ghost Klabaternik. When they told one day Klabaternik said that it wasn’t Columbus discovered America, but it was Jan from Kashubia. Chronicles skipped the fact that Jan first discovered America.

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Next year he made big money and he had his ship named ‘Jan from Kolno’. Then he remembered that good ghost told him he would discovere America. He started race with Columbus and he won it. A few months later all the world heard that Jan discovered America and made dreams come true. Currently one of streets Gdansk is named ‘Ulica Jana z Kolna’.

 

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The last battle between Traian, the king of Roman Empire and Decebal, the king of Dacia

We all know that along the history there were many wars and many victims , we know that nothing will repair their damages, but we know one thing, that we can learn from their mistakes. For example we are here with two big enemies Decebal the king of Dacia (today the South part of Romania) and Traian the king of the Roman empire.

They hated each other very much. A lot of people died because of them. So why we don’t go back in time to see their mistakes. We are here in the year 106 now a big war is happening and as you can see there are only ruins and dead people, but wait it looks like there are 2 soldiers left… oh wait those are the two kings Decebal and Traian.

Alexandra, Andrei and Robert from Romanian team, present you a short performance about the last battle  between the kings Traian and Decebal.

The end is very sad, Decebal killed himself, such a shame.  Traian is going home to celebrate his victory , that got Dacia under his power for 170 years.

In Rome, the capital of Italy, is an important monument called Traian Column, where are sculptured in stone the sequences of the battles between Dacian and Romans, showing the Dacians’ bravery to defend their land.

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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF STEFAN THE GREAT

Andreea, Ancuța and Miruna from Romanian team decided to make a short film for you about a great personality from Romanian history, Stefan the Great.

In the Suceava city, near Falticeni, is the citadel of Suceava which was the capital of the Principality of Moldavia and  where Stefan the Great reigned 47 years (1457-1504).

During his reign, he strengthened Moldavia and maintained its independence against the ambitions of Hungary, Poland  and the Ottoman Empire, which all sought to subdue the land.  Stephen achieved fame in Europe for his long resistance against the Ottomans.

He was victorious in 46 of his 48 battles, after each battle he built a monastery.

Please watch the film and enjoy of our work !

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Historical Figures in Legends- Jastarnia town and its ghosts…..

Dear Friends, I would like to share with you a legend about a coastal town Jastarnia on the way to Hel Peninsula……
I hope you like it of course connected with our subject: Historical Figures, our starost of Puck, castaways and a big tragedy of them during the storm…….

Jastarnia – a town where you can see ghosts: „The ghosts of castaways” On both sides of Kuźnica , unusual dunes are located. The highest of them were named Liibeck to commemorate the wrecks on the shores of the town in 17 th century. It was a frosty December night. Cold, gusty wind was blowing through and through, getting into houses through all the cracks, howling like a demon. The sea was roaring, showing its power. Huge waves hit the shore. Let’s hope no ships have to face the sea tonight’ the inhabitants sighed, beginning being aware of the danger luring in the darkness of the night. Unfortunately , it was only their wishful gesture .At that very moment , a ship called Liibeck , sailing from Liibeck to Gdańsk , was fighting a deadly battle with the waves. The windstorm had broken its masts, the sandbanks had stopped it and now the waves were finishing the work of destruction. The people were leaving the ship in panic, it was hard to keep its rescue boats afloat but they were the only chance to escape. Quickly! It’s going to sink any minute!-the captain was trying to yell louder than the waves and howling wind for God’s sake! Quickly! The ship was like a nutshell on the sea and the element kept crushing it with every strike of the waves. Suddenly a horrible crack of broken wood could be heard, a noise louder than squall and Liibeck fell to pieces. The ones who didn’t make it to the rescue boats, fell straight into the freezing cold water.
There was no way out for them. In the meantime , the castaways were trying to get to the land. Not many of them managed to get to the dunes. Biting frost hipped their wet clothes, taking away their energy and will of fight. The next day the sky and the sea was much calmer. The wind faded away and you could see the sun rays through the clouds. The inhabitants of Kuźnica could easily leave their houses to go to church on Sunday mass. However, what they saw on one of the dunes had them rooted to the spot. They were horrified to see the dune under the snow and covered with eerie figures, some of them were sitting some kneeling, some lying in fetal position. What is that?!-somebody asked. Is that a joke?!One of the men approched the figures and yelled: Oh my goodness , these are people! They must be castaways! Oh God! That’s from yesterday’s storm!-yelled a woman , wringing her hands. The corpses of the unfortunate people were shrivelled up from the frost , set in the positions they were in before death. Their pale and blue faces with glassy eyes and hair looking like icicles were turned towards the settlement. It was clear they must have been trying to get to the houses. We need to relocate them and inform the authorities’- said one of the witnesses. They were carried with respect to a building where a school was. One of the men went to inform the authorities. But there were a few, who searched the dunes high and low to find items from the wrecked ship. Since the sea had thrown plenty of goods and personal belongings ashore , they became quite rich thanks to that dirty business. However, the starost of Puck was informed about it and all of those dishonest were severely punished, not only for not taking care of the shores properly but mainly for stealing the belongings of the deceased. Since then the culprits had to guard the seashore even during the worst storms. That’s not the end of the story of the ship Liibeck. The bodies of the sailors were buried at a nearby cemetery. Despite of that, strange shadows started appearing in the area. People whispered between each other about mysterious figures wandering on the dunes, loud screams and moans of the dying. The people in the village were horrified. They were sure these were the souls of the ones who died on the wrecked ship, that they still roamed just where the tragedy took place. Nobody was willing to leave the house after sunset unless it was really necessary and since then they did everything they could stay away from that gloomy dunes they named Liibeck.

Made by Jakub Narkowicz Erasmus+

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Historical figures in Legends, Jakub Wejher……

Dear Friends, I would like to share the knowlege about one of the Kashubian Governors Jakub Wejher….It was prepared by Karolina Pych. Enjoy the work and nice story connected with our Kashubian area.
The Legend of Wejher and Calvary of Wejherowo.
The legend says that Wejher’s line derives from a German knight Weiher of Wurzburg in Franconia by a man who was a knight of a Roman emperor in the IXth century. Other historians claim that the line begins from a vagrant knight who came to Pomerania to get some food in the XIVth century. But let’s focus on Wejher himself. In Wejherowo all roads lead towards him, Jakub Wejher, who was a provincial governor of Malbork. He founded the town in 1643. He was also responsible for founding a great calvary which now brings peace to every walker. A popular legend says that during one of Wejher’s expeditions near Belarussian town Biała, he was burried with rubble after an explosion. He promised then that if he survives, he will praise the name of God. He survived, but seemed to forget about his promise for some time. When he was at the Biała river, he finally fulfilled it and built a church and found a village named Wejherowska Wola. 7 years later it was known as Wejheropolis. Today we can see the monument of Wejher in the town centre. When we look at the calvary mockup, it seems that it’s a piece of cake to walk it. It’s not really that easy. The whole path is over 4,5 km long and has many hills on the way. It has a Way of the Cross and even plays happen there. It’s worth seeing 26 chapels especially at night time. What is so special about the Calvary? The number of steps you need to take. 5936 is the exact number of steps that Jesus walked carrying his cross to Golgota. The local legend says that a monk from Oliva, Robert of Werden, went to the Holy Land and took measures. That’s why the Calvary of Wejherowo is often called a Kashubian Jerusalem.

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