On 14th June this year a solemn promotion of a book by Juliusz Kulesz – "Sen o Rybakach" ["A Dream about Rybaki"] took place in the studio of Programme 3 of the Polish Radio, in Agnieszka Osiecka's hall. The book was published by the Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartościowych S.A.
The book presents the history of Rybaki Street, one of the pre-war streets of Warsaw, which actually disappeared from the map of the Warsaw of today. Only two buildings from this street are left, number 35 – a residential building adjoining the Polish Banknote Printer and number 2 - Stara Prochownia, with the present address at ul. Boleść 2. Today there is a Multimedia Fountain Park where the destroyed buildings were earlier.
The author of the book tells a colourful story of the Rybaki Street. He writes about the people and the architecture, wooden fishermen's cottages, manors, buildings, a small plant, Dom Polonii and one of the most modern at that time primary school – they all were standing by the Rybaki Street. Kulesza presents the history of the inhabitants of the street, but also the Warsaw society of the interwar period.
The celebration was in honour of the author, an extraordinary man, who lived at the Rybaki Street when a child and later fought in that area in defence of Warsaw during the Warsaw Uprising.
Piotr Woyciechowski – the President of the PWPW thanked the author of the book and congratulated him. He emphasized Juliusz Kulesza's contribution into dissemination of historical knowledge and promotion of patriotic values. He referred to the many years of relations between the author and the PWPW. The author's parents met for the first time in the pre-war Printer, later he himself also worked there.
During the meeting, Antoni Pawlicki, a popular actor of the younger generation, read fragments of the book "Sen o Rybakach". Then the guests listened to a discussion by well-known Warsaw guides: Piotr Wierzbicki and Daniel Echaust and varsavianist Janusz Owsiany, who talked about the architectural charms of the pre-war street together with Juliusz Kulesza. Juliusz Kulesza recalled the history of its inhabitants, almost all of whom he knew in person.
After the official part the guests had the opportunity to talk with the author and get his autograph.
The honorary patronage of the ceremony was taken by the Museum of Polish History in Warsaw, the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising and the Military Historical Office.