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   The first guest of professor Kizik was Peter Oliver Loew, PhD, well-known to Gdańsk intellectual society, vice president of German Polish Institute in Darmstad and lecturer at the Technical University of Darmstad, author of such works as Literary Gdańsk, Gdańsk: between the myths, and in the first place a widely discussed dissertation Gdańsk and its past: historical culture of the city from the end of 18th century until today.

   As professor Kizik is known from his conscientiousness and didactical passion and he could not have left his students earlier, the debate was opened by a regular participant of our meetings, invaluable Jacek Friedrich, PhD, who encouraged Peter Loew to share his reflection on historical consciousness of modern Germans and Poles and on the space in this consciousness occupied by Gdańsk and its past. After the debate was taken over by professor Kizik, the discussion was moved to the problem of historical tension between the Poles and the Germans, and to the work that has been carried out in order to change the said attitude. Historians were also considering key moments from the history of Gdańsk and ways of shaping historical consciousness. The debate was finished by a heated discussion with the audience - modern citizens of Gdańsk (to tell the truth, also of Gdynia and Sopot) – with many references to personal memories and family roots in the city that became scientific passion of our guest.