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Lazar Ludwik Zamenhof, the inventor of Esperanto, born in Poland

Europe, 1857, zoomable map
12/15/1859
Lazar Ludwik Zamenhof was born to a Jewish family in the town of Bialystok in Poland, then in Russian ruled Lithuania.  He learned as a child to speak Russian, Polish, German, French, and Hebrew. At nineteen he developed his first ideas about a language that would enhance international communication and before he was thirty, he had published the outlines of his invented language of Esperanto. Zamenhof died in Warsaw in 1917 after a life promoting the language still in use today around the world. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Pierre Janton, Humphrey Tonkin, Esperanto: Language, Literature, and Community (New York: SUNY Press, 1993), 23-26.

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