« Since, with the magic of your art, you captured the imagination of the American people in 1891, you have merited abundantly the accolade of Modern Immortal. » Franklin D. Roosevelt, 4th February 1941
The « Modern Immortal »
After Poland and Switzerland, the United States became a third homeland for Ignacy Paderewski. He toured there with memorable concerts, acquired ranches on the West Coast, found an unequalled positive response to the Polish Cause, as well as a shelter to pursue his combat in the darkest hours. The presidents listened to him, sought his counsel and paid tribute to him as one of their own – all the way to his last journey.