by Zofia Kośla
translated to English and edited by: Małgorzata Lisiecka, prof. Anna Antoniak
OUR PREDECESSORS: EUGENIUSZ ZENON LOKAJSKI
The tradition of our School was created by a few generations of students. Their fates are entwined with the history of Poland in the 19th and 20th century – they are equally dramatic, and often heroic. Among many characters, who deserve commemoration, I paid special attention to an outstanding sportsman, later a soldier: Eugeniusz Lokajski. He impressed me with his perseverance, his energy and strength, which helped him overcome adversities.
Lokajski was born in Warsaw in December in 1908 to a simple family. In the year when Poland regained independence he was 10 years old. Probably he saw marching divisions of legions commanded by Józef Piłsudski, heard speeches of Ignacy Paderewski, and experienced with his family the joy of liberation. Photographs and literature of that time entrench experience of “new