Elżbieta Karczewska was born in 1950 in a small town in Lower Silesia in Poland. During her childhood, playing with other children, she never had language problems even though there were Poles, Belorussians, Lithuanians, Greeks, Hebrews and representatives of other migrant nations who came there after World War Two. Their culture and lifestyle was varied and so then she announced her hope of travelling around the world in order to get to know as many nations as possible. To that end she studied, firstly, tourism, then law at Warsaw University while learning various languages. In Byalistok, where she now lives, she familiarised herself with the international language, Esperanto, and became a supporter of it.


Elżbieta Karczewska has lent her voice to Francesca da Rimini and read the relevant verses (Inf., V, 88-142) in the translation into Polish by Edward Porębowicz.
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