Widow of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński dies
PR dla Zagranicy
Lidia Croce, the widow of prominent Polish novelist, Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, and daughter of famous Italian philosopher, Benedetto Croce, has died in Naples at the age of 93.
Croce and Herling-Grudziński married in 1954 in London. A year later, they moved to Naples. The couple had two children – Benedetto and Maria.
Lidia Croce translated into Italian the writer’s most popular novel, A World Apart: The Journal of a Gulag Survivor, with a preface by Bertrand Russell.
She was told to have been the first reader of her husband’s articles and essays before publication.
In 2000, after Herling-Grudziński’s death, she engaged in cataloguing his library and works.
Croce helped popularise Polish culture and history in Italy.
In 2014, Polish President Bronisław Komorowski awarded Lidia Croce the Commanders Cross with Star of the Order of Merit for her significant role in the cultural relations between Poland and Italy. (ał/rg)