On Saturday evening, The Caledonian Hotel in Leven played host to a packed out crowd for a lecture delivered by Professor Hal Sosabowski, great-grandson of the major General Stanislaw Sosabowski who led the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade into battle at Arnhem in 1944.
Scots and Poles alike gathered together to hear about Operation Market Garden and the iconic man who was sadly blamed for many of the mistakes at the time. He has since posthumously received one of Poland’s highest orders, the Order of Polonia, and in 2006, Hal was delighted to collect the Bronze Lion Award for Bravery from the Netherlands.
Principal Lecturer in Chemistry at Brighton University, Prof. Sosabowski spoke fondly of his famous relative, and also of his grandfather Stasinek, who was badly injured by an exploding bullet in Warsaw during WW2.
Prof. Sosabowski, who visited Leven with his wife and daughter, has taken his presentation all over the world, but said coming to Leven was a much more personal affair.
“At the lecture, I had a couple of ladies say ‘That’s my dad’ in the slides, and I’ve done this all over the world, but this one was very, very personal, and I’ve managed to see some of the places that I’ve been lecturing about too.”