Fallujah – a city in central Iraq, one of the bastions of Sunni terrorists fighting against the international stabilisation forces, about which cadets studying at the Military University of Land Forces were, until now, only able to learn from textbooks. During the American Day 2019 session, it became one of the pillars of the story told by an American war veteran from the Marine Corps, Sgt. Dominic Esquibel.

During the lecture, Sgt. Esquibel shared with the audience his difficult memories and thoughts about war, the fight for freedom, stability and peace. It is hard to be a recipient of such a story, and even harder to be a "sensitive narrator" of a tale steeped in blood, fear, regret, and often helplessness. There is, however, one extremely important element in this story – hope – the belief that one person can change the world for the better.

Everyone wants to be like the Marines: indomitable, strong, steadfast and brave; and who could know more about a soldier's life and struggles than his wife, Joanna Esquibel, PhD, who beautifully presented the nature and soul of a soldier during the meeting by quoting Eleanor Roosevelt:

"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!"

The session also included topics related to broadly defined American culture: the speakers analysed subjects and texts concerning the ways in which the USA declares war (Leszek Wojteczek, MA, PhD student at the University of Wrocław) as well as the difficult times of the Vietnam War (Paweł Giwojno, MA, PhD student at the University of Wrocław). Sociological and cultural topics were also discussed: Katarzyna Buczek, PhD (University of Opele), spoke about American advertisements of the 1950s, which nowadays would defintely cause a moral scandal on more than one continent. Agata Figiel, MA (PhD student at the Philological School of Higher Education in Wrocław), presented an analysis of the distinctive American humour. The session was concluded with a presentation by Monika Piechota, MA (PhD student at the University of Wrocław), who analysed the records from the time when Willy Cohn, the hero of Breslau, had lived there. The meeting was hosted by Aleksandra Knapik, PhD, from the School of Foreign Languages of the AWL, and was closed and summarized by Lt. Col. Marcin Bielewicz, PhD.


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