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The intention of the author of the article is to present the situation of books about Lviv
addressed at young people which were eliminated in the period of the Republic of People’s
Poland. This is only one category of works that after 1948 disappeared from a reading circulation and in most cases did not come back to readers for political reasons. The causes of
reading disfavour are to be found in purge between 1948 and 1954 accepted by the authorities
in the first period after war, and the activity of the censorship apparatus. The factors, so
typical of the period of the Republic of People’s Poland, most significantly led to the situation
in which children did not learn about the twists and turns of Bohaterski miś by
Bronisława Ostrowska, Uśmiech Lwowa by Kornel Makuszyński (constituting a literary guidebook
in Lviv) or Dzieci Lwowa by Helena Zarzewska.
The article shows why books about Lviv evoked such a big fear among the authorities.
What is most important, tracing this topic clearly shows that there exists the area of literature
which should be reminded of to not only adult readers, but above all children and young
people. Besides, the awareness that thanks to these works young people will understand
symbolism of Lviv and get closer to the history of Lviv Eaglets is important. Thus, it is worth
getting interested in this literature because young readers should not be grown up without
knowing the works which seemed to be ideologically inappropriate. Hence, advantages and
disadvantages of the very books should be reminded of which constitute our culture and
lead into the depths of a national history.